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
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
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.
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
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
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 just-released plan for red wolf recovery in North Carolina is being met with red flags of concern by conservation group Wildlands Network and its regional partners. Photo: Camera trap, Ron Sutherland
Conservationists across New England and Eastern Canada are applauding the adoption by their governors and premiers of a joint resolution recognizing the importance of wildlife habitat connectivity, and advocating for its conservation.
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
A group of conservation scientists have successfully channeled their research efforts through a massive supercomputer to predict what landscapes need to be saved for future wildlife movement across the southeastern U.S. Photo: Camera trap, Ron Sutherland
Conservation funding mainstay, the Wilburforce Foundation, has rewarded Utah conservationist Kim Crumbo with its coveted Conservation Leadership Award. “The award is symbolic of our deep and abiding thanks to Kim for his commitment to protecting the wildest of the wild,” said Wilburforce’s founder, Rose Letwin.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game commission has made the big decision to open a Bobcat hunting, trapping and hounding season after thousands of residents asked them not to. The Fish and Game Commission will be issuing 50 bobcat permits through a lottery. Photo: Joyce Docent
More than 150 conservation groups have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to oppose all policy “riders” that would undermine the Endangered Species Act during negotiations on final funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2016. Photo credit: Juan Carlos Bravo
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
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.”