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People Are Helping Animals Cross Highways—And That’s Great for Humans, Too

Chief Scientist Dr. Ron Sutherland spoke with Nation Swell, a digital outlet focused on solutions to problems facing the U.S., about the critical importance of wildlife crossings and our work to establish and protect wildlife crossings through policy at the state and federal levels, with a shout out to the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act that was introduced in May. Photo: Oxana / Adobe Stock

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Dead Bears on the Highway

Both Dr. Liz Hillard, wildlife scientist, and Dr. Ron Sutherland, chief scientist, were featured in this article about bear collisions with vehicles near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where we are conducting GPS collaring studies to monitor wildlife movement across roads. Photo: William C. Gladish

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Bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 Introduced Following UN Report on Global Biodiversity Crisis

The Sierra Sun Times picked up our press release about the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019. If passed, the Act will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program that facilitates the designation of wildlife corridors on federal lands and provides grants to maintain wildlife corridors on non-federal lands. Photo: National Park Service

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Bill Would Create a Wildlife Corridors System to Protect Species

Eos, an outlet covering Earth and space science news,  covered our telepresser about the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019, where Dr. Ron Sutherland, our chief scientist, spoke about the critical importance of wildlife corridors to protecting our nation’s imperiled biodiversity. At the briefing, Ron Sutherland, chief scientist with the Wildlands Network, a Continue reading “Bill Would Create a Wildlife Corridors System to Protect Species”

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Wildlife: Bill Seeks to Enhance Healthy Migration Paths for Species

E&E, an outlet focused on energy and the environment, covered the introduction of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019, which if passed, will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife—including pronghorns, monarch butterflies, Florida panthers, and grizzly bears—by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program. Photo: Chip Carroon, BLM

The Red Fox: Connectivity for Cunning Creatures

In this second blog post in a new series of wildlife profiles, we’re exploring the cunning red fox, one subspecies of which is in danger of disappearing from the American landscape forever. Read on to learn more about how Wildlands Network’s efforts to reestablish habitat connectivity across North America can benefit species like the red fox. Photo: Lisa Hupp, USFWS

Studying Elk Movements in Southern Appalachia

On April 11th, we completed the deployment of our 11 elk GPS collars with wildlife biologist Justin McVey and other North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission staff. We will use the elk’s movement data from the GPS collars to identify road crossing locations and the impacts of roads on elk movement to improve wildlife connectivity and human safety in southern Appalachia. Photo: Liz Hillard

Achieving Shared Goals: New U.S. Jaguar Recovery Plan Affirms Wildlands Network’s Conservation Strategy

On April 24, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Jaguar Recovery Plan. Many of the recovery actions proposed in the plan reaffirm Wildlands Network’s key strategies for protecting and enhancing jaguar populations in Mexico and the U.S., while also demonstrating the need for continued robust advocacy with government officials to improve and strengthen the official recovery programs. Photo: © milosk50 / Adobe Stock

American Martens Can Thrive in Protected and Connected Habitats

In this first blog post in a new series, we’re taking a closer look at American martens, who are integral in developing well-balanced forest communities and will greatly benefit from connected and protected habitats. Wildlands Network is actively working to increase habitat connectivity for this special creature in regions like the Pacific. Photo: Erwin and Peggy Bauer

Can We Preserve the Grand Canyon’s History and Wilderness for the Next 10,000 Years?

After a thrilling rafting trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Rebecca Hunter wrote about her journey through one of America’s most prized national treasures. At Wildlands Network, large protected areas like Grand Canyon National Park and other public lands form the building blocks of our Wildways, and it’s imperative that we continue to protect such regions, now and into the future. Photo: Richard Forbes