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This closeup shot shows a Mexican gray wolf from the chest up. He's looking straight at the camera, with his ears - tinged with brown fur - pointed straight up.

Federal Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Lacks Scientific Credibility

After reviewing key sections of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, published earlier today, the habitat protection group Wildlands Network says the plan fails to adequately consider or incorporate the best available science, rendering it insufficient to ensure Mexican wolf recovery. Photo: Robin Silver Photography

Man with backpack hikes up a snowy mountainside with tall green trees and a mountain peak visible behind him.

New Film “Born to Rewild” Proves Need for Continental-Sized Western Wildlife Corridor

Wildlands Network proudly announced today that the feature film premiere of “Born to Rewild” will highlight the opening day of the prestigious Sedona International Film Festival on Saturday, February 18. The film follows the epic 2013 adventure of conservation trekker John Davis as he followed the traditional movement pathways of species needing “room to roam” along a 5,000-mile stretch of the Continental Divide. Photo: Karsten Heuer

A close-up of a light-brown jaguar with black spots.

Wildlands Network Supports Legislative Efforts to Prevent Wall Construction on U.S.-Mexico Border

Last Monday, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13th) introduced the “This Land is Our Land Act,” which would prohibit new construction of border barriers on public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture or Department of Interior. On Thursday, Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM-1st) introduced the “Build Bridges Not Walls Act” in Congress, which would prohibit the implementation of President Trump’s recent executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Distant shot of canyon country, with lush riparian corridor in foreground

Grand Canyon Heritage Monument Supporters Continue Push for Designation

In response to the recent announcement by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) regarding the Obama administration’s refusal to consider designation of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, Wildlands Network and Grand Canyon Wildlands Council have released the following statements: “Local support for protecting Grand Canyon’s watershed has been and continues to be unwavering.” Photo: William C. Gladish

A grizzly bear walks across a meadow covered with flowers.

National Wildlife Corridor Legislation Introduced in House

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8th) today introduced legislation to help protect and restore native wildlife and create more resilient landscapes across America. The bill, supported by nationally recognized scientists, including Harvard’s E.O. Wilson, and 64 prominent conservation organizations nationwide, grants authority to the Department of the Interior to collaborate with other key agencies, states, tribes and private landowners to develop a strategy for a wildlife corridor system. Photo: William C. Gladish

The Grand Canyon stretches toward the horizon, with reds, greens and browns coloring the canyons and a river winding along the canyon floor.

Greater Grand Canyon Heritage Monument Endorsement Boosts Chances for Habitat Connectivity with Yellowstone

A coalition of organizations backing the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument proposal applauded Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) today for re-affirming her support of the national monument by joining 43 of her House colleagues in co-sponsoring the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act, introduced in Congress by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Photo: Kristen M. Caldon

A mountain lion looks straight at the camera in the close up shot of the lion's face.

Groups Urge USFWS to Protect and Recover Cougars Coast to Coast

When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared in 2011 that the eastern cougar was extinct, the irony reverberated throughout the wildlife-protection movement. In a letter to USFWS this week, conservation organizations commented that the problem with such a decision is that no scientific evidence exists that the cougars which once ranged the East are different than other cougars throughout North America. Photo: Robin Silver

Ron smiles wide at the camera on a beach in sunset.

Top Conservation Awards Go to Wildlands Network’s Sutherland

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s “Governor’s Award for Natural Resources Scientist of the Year” was recently received by Dr. Ron Sutherland, the lead scientist for conservation group Wildlands Network. The Governor’s Award follows Sutherland’s receipt earlier this summer of the equally prestigious “Pelican Award” from the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Photo: Wildlands Network

A close-up of half of a black bear in opaque, brown water.

Earth’s Ecosystems Suffering Due to Reductions of Large Predators

Regardless whether they live on land, in the sea, or in rivers and lakes, large predator species at the top of the food chain have remarkably beneficial influences on the way ecosystems function. According to Jim Estes, lead author of a new paper on the subject published in the July 15 issue of Science, the planet’s ongoing loss of apex predators due to human actions is “arguably humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world.”