Giving Tuesday, the global celebration of charitable giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is right around the corner (November 28). This year, our national monuments and public lands are under attack from the Trump Administration, and our critical on-the-ground work within these lands is at risk. Stand with us on Giving Tuesday to keep us moving forward.
National Monuments and Public Lands at Risk
Last month, The Washington Post published Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leaked report on certain national monuments. In his report, Zinke recommends President Trump drastically alter at least 10 national monuments.
The secretary’s report also recommends changing how these 10 national monuments are managed, arguing the Trump Administration should allow “traditional uses” that have typically been restricted within the national monuments’ boundaries, such as grazing, logging, coal mining and commercial fishing.
With these recommendations, it is clear continued protection of our public lands is not guaranteed from the Trump Administration. Never before has the United States government turned its back on our most iconic landscapes, eliminating permanent protections for federal lands at such a large scale.
Wildlands Network is fully committed to protecting our nation’s public lands, but we need your help to do so, now more than ever before. We need your help to combat a reckless government that is intent upon stripping protections for public lands—and the wildlife that depend on them for food, water, mates and habitat.
Selling out these incredible natural treasures to special interests like mining, logging, drilling and commercial fishing will result in the loss of millions of acres of prized wildlife habitat, much of which resides in our wildways. In addition, all of our nation’s protected public lands give wildlife critical room to roam to find mates, habitat, water and food. Of course, humans also depend on national monuments and other protected wildlands for spiritual enrichment, outdoor recreation, and connecting with our natural heritage.
Wildlands Network is committed to protecting and connecting public lands in North America so that life in all its diversity can thrive. We can’t functionally reconnect these lands if they aren’t protected. To protect them now and into the future, your support is critical.
Monuments and Wildways at Risk
In the East, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a critical link in our Eastern Wildway, protecting some of the most undeveloped land in the eastern U.S. Local communities and conservation groups, including Wildlands Network, fought hard for decades for this monument’s designation. Secretary Zinke recommends allowing logging in the national monument.
In the West, several of our partner organizations in the Western Wildway Network worked tirelessly to designate Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Both monuments provide critical room to roam for mountain lions and cougars. Secretary Zinke recommends eliminating vast portions and allowing mining, logging and drilling in both monuments.
Monuments like Katahdin, Bears Ears, and Grand Staircase-Escalante provide essential room to roam for red wolves, cougars, and other wild creatures, all of which depend on these connected, protected wilderness areas to move from habitat to habitat.
With their habitat at risk, these wild creatures depend on you, too. Join us on Giving Tuesday to support our red wolf and cougar campaigns. In the meantime, contact your senators to empower them to stand up to President Trump, urging him to lower his weapons in this full-scale attack on public lands.
The Borderlands at Risk
The border wall also threatens our public lands. In South Texas, the border wall could bisect the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, cutting off endangered ocelots from water, food, and mates and putting them at risk of flooding.
In the Sky Islands region of northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S., we’re working with conservation partners on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to oppose further construction of the wall and identify potential sites for wildlife crossings, so that jaguars, ocelots, and Mexican wolves can move freely across the border.
Help us protect our treasured public lands in the border regions. This Giving Tuesday, join us in building bridges, not walls along the border. In the meantime, sign our petition to encourage Congress to vote NO on continued border wall funding.
How You Can Help on Giving Tuesday
Join us on Giving Tuesday to raise your voice for the critical wild places that provide spiritual, cultural, and conservation value to our world. On November 28, return to our giving portal to make your contribution.
Your support is incredibly important to us and wild creatures and places; we promise to put it to good use. In 2015, 73 cents of every dollar went directly to conservation work. Your Giving Tuesday contributions will support our on-the-ground campaigns and programs, including our red wolf and cougar campaigns, our borderlands work, and our Eastern and Western Wildways, all of which depend on protected, connected wild places like national monuments.
In the meantime, visit our Ways to Give page to find out all the ways you can support our work. You can make a one-time donation, sign up to be a monthly donor, or join one of our giving circles. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about Giving Tuesday.
Your support matters more now than ever before. This land is our land; this land is your land. Speak up for it.