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The mission of Wildlands Network is to reconnect, restore, and rewild North America so that life in all its diversity can thrive. Tune into The Wildlands Network Blog for updates about our campaigns, policy work, events, news stories—and as the go-to resource for rewilding North America.
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The USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Is a Plan for Extinction

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves. Wildlands Network has been preparing for this moment for a very long time. We expected to be disappointed by many of the components of the recovery plan, as well as its overall vision. Unfortunately, USFWS met our expectations. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo

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For the Wild, 3: The Wildlands Vision, 1992

OUR VISION IS SIMPLE: we live for the day when Grizzly Bears in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska; when Gray Wolf populations are continuous from Mexico to Labrador; when vast unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columbian populations of plants and animals; when humans dwell with respect, harmony, and affection for the land; when we come to live no longer as strangers and aliens on this continent.

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For the Wild, 2: Saving Our Wild Earth

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, as a fledgling lawyer in Seattle, I cut my conservation teeth on the great timber wars of the Pacific Northwest—strategizing around how a small bird (the northern spotted owl) could be used as a surrogate to save entire ecosystems. This issue seemed like a big deal at the time, and of course it was in many ways. But while I was busy trying to save spotted owls, the founders of The Wildlands Project, now Wildlands Network, were envisioning even bigger things.

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Daunted Courage, Part I

When writer Paula MacKay decided to join Wildlands friends on a float trip down the Upper Missouri River, she stepped out of her comfort zone and into the waterway traveled by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. In Part I of her travel essay, she sets the stage for her paddle through history.

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For the Wild: Introduction

Twenty-five years.
Half the lifespan of a chimpanzee, or a scarlet macaw lighting the tropical sky. Twice the age of an old wild cougar, who somehow eluded highways and guns. A few blinks of the eye for a bowhead whale, her baleen sifting the Beaufort across two centuries or more. And the silver anniversary of couples of our own kind, honoring the hard-earned stories they’ve created along the way.

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Reserva Ajos-Bavispe re-categorizada

El año pasado, les hicimos saber que el estado de protección de la reserva Ajos-Bavispe se encontraba en un limbo burocrático desde hace muchos años. El lunes 22 de mayo la Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) finalmente la re-categorizó, protegiendo así a la extraordinaria biodiversidad de está región de importancia central para la protección de jaguares, osos negros, lobos mexicanos, cotorras serranas occidentales y muchas otras especies prioritarias para la conservación. Foto: Mario Cirett

In this closeup shot, a red wolf stares straight at the camera, his ears alert and snout pointed downward.

Raise Your Voice Now to Protect Endangered Red Wolves

This past fall, America got a little less wild when the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced their decision to significantly reduce the wild red wolf population, which only exists in northeastern North Carolina. On Tuesday, the agency gave notice the start of a 60-day public comment period concerning their ill-advised proposal to pull back hard on the wild population of wolves in North Carolina. Now is our chance to tell the USFWS their plan will almost certainly condemn the species to extinction in the wild. Photo: Becky Bartell, USFWS

This wide, scenic shot shows tall trees in the foreground, a blanket of snow in the middle, and a lightly snow-powdered, tall mountain range rising up in the background against a blue sky.

Ajos-Bavispe Reserve Recategorized to Protected Area – Success!

Last year, we let you know the protected status of the Ajos-Bavispe reserve in the borderlands of Sonora had been in bureaucratic limbo for several years. On Monday, May 22, the Mexican government finally recategorized it, protecting the unique biodiversity of this core area for the protection of jaguars, black bears, Mexican wolves, thick-billed parrots and many other species listed in one or both countries along the border. Photo: Mario Cirett

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Celebrating the Vision of the Western Wildway

Last Wednesday, May 17, Wildlands Network hosted two empowering events: the Salt Lake City premiere of the film Born to Rewild and the 2017 Western Wildway Annual Meeting. The near-tangible wonder and inspiration in the rooms after both events exemplify the spirit and opportunity within Wildlands Network’s critical conservation efforts. Photo: Karsten Heuer

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Defend Our National Monuments from President Trump

On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order instructing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review all national monuments created since Jan. 1, 1996 and spanning at least 100,000 acres. This radical executive order, which allows for a sweeping review of 27 protected places, is an attack on all public lands. Now is the time to raise our voices and take action to protect these imperiled places and the wildlife relying on them for their existence. Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Mangagement

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Your Money Will Fund the Border Wall

On May 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget to fund the federal government through the end of September 2017. The budget now moves to the Senate, with a looming deadline of Friday, May 5 at midnight for a vote. Some news outlets and Democrats have publically proclaimed this budget doesn’t include money for a border wall. They are wrong. Photo: Wildlands Network

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Where Jaguars Roam, Revisited

Ever since a photograph of a lone wild jaguar in Arizona reverberated through the conservation community in 1996, wildlife experts in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have been trying to determine where jaguars may continue to persist—and which corridors they might be using to disperse beyond their known stronghold in central Sonora. Just this month, researchers have made another significant stride in mapping potentially suitable jaguar habitat and corridors in the borderlands region. Photo: Northern Jaguar Project/Naturalia

A crowd of people march with signs, some of them reading "Wild Utah," in support of the March for Science in Salt Lake City.

Wildlands Network Marches for Science

On Earth Day, April 22, Wildlands Network staffers and friends gathered with thousands of citizens in Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. to express support for science-based decision-making in conservation and policy. More specifically, we participated in the March for Science to support reason, fact, logic, and sound science as guiding principles in large-scale conservation work. Photo: Katie Davis