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Mission & Values

Reconnect. Restore. Rewild.

Imagine a world where nature is unbroken, and where humans co-exist in harmony with the land and its wild inhabitants.

In 1991, Wildlands Network embarked on a very bold mission: to reconnect, restore, and rewild North America so that life in all its diversity can thrive. Our work has since catalyzed a dramatic shift in conservation, with parks and other protected areas serving as the building blocks for wildlands networks across the continent.

How We Work

Wildlands are places where wild nature presides. These lands give refuge to large carnivores and other animals that don’t fare well in human-dominated terrain, enabling wildlife populations to flourish and fulfill their ecological roles. Protected and connected, wildlands also allow natural processes like fire, carbon storage, and migrations to play out unencumbered—processes that give life to the land and the sea. People depend on wildlands, too, for ecological services and as a source of spiritual enrichment.

Close-up of a wolverine stepping across lichen-covered boulders, with a snow-covered, sparsely treed slope in the background.
A wide-ranging wolverine moves through the Rocky Mountains. Photo: Steven Gnam

Wildlands Network blends science and action to help guide networks of people protecting networks of land. Over the past quarter-century, we have created conservation plans for many regions of North America, showing how wildlands can be pieced back together over time.

Protecting and connecting wildlands requires the cooperation of wildlife agencies and land managers, elected government officials, outdoor recreationists, private landowners, conservation groups, and all of us who care about the future of North America’s great natural heritage.

In sum, Wildlands Network helps to protect our planet and sustain the diversity of life—including us.

In Wildness is the preservation of the world.

Henry David Thoreau

We Value

  • interconnected wildlands and wild waters at a continental scale;
  • the intrinsic worth of wildlife and wild places;
  • rewilding as a remedy to broken landscapes;
  • thriving populations of native carnivores;
  • sound science as a means for understanding and making decisions about the world;
  • the spiritual, psychological, and physical benefits of experiencing nature;
  • people who embrace the interdependency of wild nature and humanity, and;
  • cultural diversity and natural beauty.

A Note About Our Logo: Why Wolverines?

A trail of footprints in the snow against a dark backdrop.
Wolverine tracks disappear into the night. Photo: Dan Russell

Have you ever seen a wolverine in the wild? Probably not, as these rare northern predators are very elusive by nature.

The wolverine track in our logo emblemizes the mystery and movement of an iconic large carnivore in North America. Wolverines in the contiguous U.S. are widely considered by biologists to be threatened by climate change—despite the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s politically driven decision to deny their listing under the Endangered Species Act in 2014. (Good news: in 2016, this decision was rejected by a federal district court in response to a lawsuit filed by a broad coalition of groups, including Wildlands Network.) Because wolverines must travel huge distances to meet their life requirements, they are ideal ambassadors for habitat connectivity. Plus, we think they are downright cool!