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Success Stories in State Policy: Protecting Wildlife Corridors Across the U.S.

Wildlands Network is spearheading efforts towards science-driven policies that safeguard critical habitat for wildlife across the United States. Working with allies across the political spectrum, we have introduced and helped successfully pass legislation enabling state agencies to prioritize and plan projects to restore and protect wildlife corridors. The past 18 months have seen particular momentum, with bills successfully passing in OregonUtahNew Mexico and Virginia—with intentions to expand this work even further.

We hosted a webinar featuring a unique look at the steps that went into these state policy successes, and how this progress contributes to our overarching vision of connected habitat for wildlife at a continental scale. Watch a full recording of the presentation below.

One thought on “Success Stories in State Policy: Protecting Wildlife Corridors Across the U.S.

  1. This is good to hear.
    Numerous states,like OR and CA have mapped out the bets corridors, but highway funds may not be allocated.
    In the essential case of the Pacific coastal forests and mountains, from the Olympics to the last spaces above Camp Pendleton ,Interstate 5 has proven a massive barrier to larger species.

    Right now, the highly flawed 2015 Mexican Wolf Rec0overy plan , then a prescription for slow descent into homozygosity – essentially, the wild wolves are already equivalent about to siblings, had been thrown bask to mandating a better plan.

    Comments closed a week ago, and some outstanding work has been done by Project Coyote and others continuing the necessary demand to restore full connectivity across I-40, a barrier that will likely lead to assured extinction, if not lifted for safe passage and occupation to the north in Utah, Northern AZ, and southern CO.

    So far, I am told, only about three miles of that crazy border wall to the south has been erected, although huge construction is underway, and groundwater pumping for the road/wall barrier.
    Even were anew president (this one is visibly experiencing accelerating cognitive decline)and Congressional majority elected, it will be some time before appointees and policies are changed.

    To some extent, “environmental scorecards” by state Leagues of Conservation Voters, available online, can give a good indication of which Congresspersons are amenable to the precipitate regulatory and legislative actions needed to preserva
    and restore species and connectivity.

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