COVID-19 pandemic has left the United States with unprecedented public health challenges and economic uncertainties, while also demonstrating the inextricable link between the natural world and human well-being. Now more than ever the importance of safeguarding wildlife habitat has been made evident.
Unfortunately, one in five U.S. species are at risk of extinction. Without the sufficient space to migrate and find food, water and mates, wildlife around the globe and here in the U.S. have been 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.
As Congress works on stimulus bills to address the current economic and public health crisis due to COVID-19, we have a historic opportunity to both create jobs and rebuild America in a way that is sustainable for people and wildlife. Several bills are making their way through the U.S. House and Senate that would support this vision and protect wildlife corridors and crossings, including the Moving Forward Act and the reauthorization of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.
Please contact your legislators TODAY to request they include provisions to protect wildlife corridors and crossings in current infrastructure and stimulus legislation.