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Our Mission

Nature is intimately connected. When one component is changed or lost it can have enduring consequences for the entire system. This interdependence is part of what makes our natural world so remarkable, but also emphasizes the importance of ecosystems remaining intact and unaltered.

It was this understanding that, in 1991, led Michael Soulé, Reed Noss, Jim Estes and other preeminent scientists to establish an organization devoted to the continental-scale conservation of core habitat and migration corridors for wildlife. Known today as Wildlands Network, we share our founders’ mission of reconnecting, restoring and rewilding North America so that life—in all its diversity—can thrive. Our work is founded in science, driven by fieldwork and furthered through strategic policy and partnerships.

With staff based across the United States and in Mexico, Wildlands Network has been at the forefront of continental-scale conservation for nearly 30 years. The core principle of all we do is this: if protected areas are connected with healthy habitats on a continental scale, our treasured native plants and animals will thrive—as will life-supporting ecological processes like carbon storage and pollination. Our work has inspired the establishment of similar organizations across the world, and our commitment to the prosperity of wildlife and wild spaces is emboldened in the face of the challenges of our rapidly developing world.

Join us as we work towards a North America where nature is undivided, and where people coexist in harmony with our native plants and animals.