Wildlands Network recognizes recreational corridors, particularly National Scenic Trails like the Appalachian Trail, as opportunities for enhancing ecological connectivity across North America. Photo: David Moskowitz
In 2016, Wildlands Network helped initiate a growing movement to protect the Grand Canyon’s watershed in perpetuity with the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act. While Former President Barack Obama did not designate the area a national monument, Wildlands Network and our partners were successful in mobilizing more than half a million voices in support of protecting this important place.
In 2000, Wildlands Network, Naturalia, and Pronatura protected almost 6,000 acres of mature of spruce-pine forest in Chihuahua, Mexico from future logging. This parcel, Las Cebadillas, is the largest nesting ground in the world for the globally endangered thick-billed parrot. Later, Pronatura protected an additional almost 5,000 acres of old-growth forest to the north. Mexico’s park agency re-categorized the joint thick-billed parrot sanctuary as part of a federal reserve and awarded the sanctuary its highest protections.
Hofmann Forest, owned by North Carolina State University (NCSU), is the largest state-owned property in North Carolina and an ecological gem. In 2013, when NCSU announced plans to sell the forest without protections, Wildlands Network initiated a diverse coalition and a grassroots advocacy campaign to Save Hofmann Forest. Thanks to these efforts, NCSU announced in 2016 that, rather than abandon the forest, it would sell a deed to a timber company with a conservation-friendly reputation.
Only 24 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Sky Islands region of Sonora, the Ajos Bavispe National Forest Reserve and Wildlife Refuge shelters a rich diversity of habitats and wildlife, from black bears and beavers to golden eagles, prairie dogs, and the rare jaguar and ocelot. In 2017, due to the leadership efforts of Wildlands Network’s Mexico Program, Ajos-Bavispe was officially protected with clearly defined conservation objectives and regulations.