Nature across North America is in decline. Human activities are destroying and fragmenting wildlife habitat, resulting in continent-wide declines in biodiversity. In the U.S. alone, one in five U.S. species are at risk of extinction. Without quality habitat, wildlife populations cannot persist, much less thrive, and current policies designed to protect wildlife are insufficient to meet the scale of habitat loss.
Scientists have concluded that, in order to conserve at least 85% of species, we need to protect at least 50% of lands and waters. Many nations, including the United States, have set an interim goal of protecting 30% of their land and waters by 2030, or “30 by 30” — a necessary and timely step toward the ultimate objective of achieving 50% protection by 2050.
Protecting and connecting wildlife habitat and movement corridors is critical to reaching 30 by 30. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would do just that: Provide the incentives and framework for federal support and coordination of efforts by states, tribes, private landowners, NGOs and scientists to protect and restore wildlife corridors.
Without connections between protected habitat, wildlife has no future. As the United States works toward protecting 30% of its lands and waters by 2030, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act is a necessary step for meaningful long-term conservation.
Contact your legislators TODAY to voice your support for protecting nature through the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act!
To United States legislators:
As America recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to build a future that supports the health and well-being of communities, human and wild.
Investing in wildlife habitat protection will stimulate the American economy, while helping to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, like COVID-19. that thrive when nature is out of balance.
Specifically, we urge inclusion of the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act and the bipartisan wildlife crossing provisions and dedicated funding for wildlife-vehicle mitigation. These bills and provisions would fund the construction of wildlife overpasses and underpasses across busy roads and highways and provide critical funding for states, tribes, landowners and federal agencies to identify and protect wildlife corridors.
Protecting wildlife corridors and crossings is a practical and effective way to support good-paying jobs — especially for state, rural and tribal economies — while safeguarding biodiversity and reducing highway fatalities. As we invest in infrastructure and stimulate the economy, we can rebuild America in a way that is sustainable for both people and wildlife. Together, let’s create a better future.