The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented public health challenges and economic uncertainties in the United States, with impacts on people and businesses across the country. The pandemic also demonstrates the inextricable link between the natural world and human well-being: now more than ever the importance of safeguarding wildlife habitat is evident.
Unfortunately, one in five U.S. species are at risk of extinction. Without sufficient space to migrate and find food, water and mates, wildlife around the globe and here in the U.S. are increasingly forced to come into contact with human populations, resulting in numerous health and safety issues for wildlife and people alike. Scientists have concluded that protecting and connecting wildlife movement corridors is a one of the most effective solutions.
Congress has an historic opportunity to both create jobs and rebuild America in a way that is sustainable for people and wildlife. As Congress works to address the economic issues related to the pandemic, they should incorporate infrastructure spending that will protect wildlife corridors and crossings.
Please contact your legislators TODAY to request they include provisions to protect wildlife corridors and crossings in current and future infrastructure and stimulus legislation.