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 to protect 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 recommending President Trump drastically alter at least 10 national monuments.
The Secretary’s report recommended changes in 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.
Clearly, the continued protection of our public lands is not guaranteed by the Trump Administration. Never before has the U.S. 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 combat a reckless government intent upon stripping protections for public lands—and for the wildlife depending on them for food, water, mates, and habitat.
Selling out our invaluable natural treasures to special interests will result in the loss of millions of acres of prized wildlife habitat, much of which resides in our visionary wildways. Humans also depend on national monuments and other 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. But we can’t functionally reconnect these lands if they aren’t protected. Your support is critical to protecting our public lands now and into the future.
Targeted Monuments and Wildways
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a vital link in our Eastern Wildway, protecting some of the most undeveloped land in the eastern U.S. For decades, local communities and conservation groups, including Wildlands Network, fought hard to ensure the designation of this monument. Alarmingly, Secretary Zinke recommended allowing logging in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Meanwhile, several of our partner organizations in the Western Wildway Network worked tirelessly to designate Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments—both of which provide room to roam for cougars and other wide-ranging wildlife. Such animals need connected, protected wildlands to move safely from habitat to habitat. Secretary Zinke recommended eliminating vast portions of these monuments, and allowing mining, logging, and drilling within their boundaries.
With their habitats at risk, wild creatures depend on you, too. Join us on Giving Tuesday to support our Red Wolf and Wild Cats campaigns. Also, 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.
Safeguarding the Borderlands
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 essential resources 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 to identify potential sites for wildlife crossings so that jaguars, ocelots, and Mexican wolves can move freely across the border.
This Giving Tuesday, join us in building bridges, not walls, along the border. And 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 page to make your contribution.
Your support is incredibly important to us and to wild creatures and places; we promise to put it to good use. In 2015, 73 cents of every dollar donated to Wildlands Network directly supported our conservation work. Your Giving Tuesday contributions will support our on-the-ground campaigns and programs, including our Red Wolf, Wild Cats, and Borderlands campaigns, and our Eastern and Western Wildways.
Visit Ways to Give 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!