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Information Packet: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act

The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would establish the National Wildlife Corridors System to provide for the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife, and plant species. The conservation of landscape corridors and waterways, where native species and ecological processes can transition from one habitat to another, is critical to conserving biodiversity and ensuring resiliency for wildlife—especially in the face of climate change. Read case studies about how this act would benefit Florida panthers, grizzly bears, monarch butterflies, and pronghorns.

The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019

Marking the most significant step toward national wildlife conservation in decades, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 was introduced today in both houses of Congress. Led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), the bill was co-sponsored in the Senate by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D- NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). If passed, the Act will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program that facilitates the designation of wildlife corridors on federal lands and provides grants to maintain wildlife corridors on non-federal lands.

Right of Way: Roads Need Overhaul to Decrease Collisions

In this sweeping, visually stunning overview of connectivity along the East Coast, Smokies Life Magazine featured several of our projects and staff members, including Liz Hillard, who is outfitting elk with GPS collars in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to learn where elk are crossing major roadways. In addition, Christine Laporte, who manages our partnerships with conservationists and landowners along the Eastern Wildway, was quoted next to a feature of our Half-East Map. Finally, Susan Holmes, who is spearheading our efforts to support Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) in introducing the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, was also featured.

New Mexico Wildlife Corridors Act 2019

Signed into law on Friday, March 29 by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Wildlife Corridors Act will direct the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the state Department of Transportation to develop an action plan to identify key roads and other barriers impacting wildlife migration and to direct construction for safe animal passage and road safety. This legislation is a paramount stepping-stone in ensuring that populations of deer, elk, pronghorns, black bears, and other key species can safely traverse their habitats in New Mexico.

Sign On Letter in Support of Border Protections

Joining 29 other environmental, civil rights, and immigration organizations, Wildlands Network signed on to this letter in support of three federal House bills that would restore “bedrock legal protections and landowners’ rights
on the border” if passed. The letter was sent to federal representatives and urges them to protect border communities, wildlife, the environment, public lands and private property owners by supporting these important bills.

Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 Outdoor Recreation Groups Letter of Support

Writing in support of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018, Patagonia, Osprey Packs and Petzl America urge our elected officials to support this landmark legislation. Introduced in the House by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va) and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) in December 2018, the Act will designate wildlife corridors on federal lands and provide incentives for states, tribes and other entities to enhance connectivity on non-federal lands throughout the country. It’s in important step toward protecting our wildlife and wildlands, as 1 in 5 U.S. species is threatened with extinction. In their letter, the outdoor brands write, “The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act will provide key tools for conserving our nation’s wildlife and natural heritage for future generations.”

The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018

Marking the most significant step toward national wildlife conservation in decades, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 was introduced today in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). If passed, the Act will restore habitat and protect America’s native wildlife by establishing a National Wildlife Corridors Program that facilitates the designation of wildlife corridors on federal lands and provides grants to protect wildlife corridors on non-federal lands.

Fact Sheet: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018

This bill would establish the National Wildlife Corridors System to provide for the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife, and plant species. The conservation of landscape corridors and waterways, where native species and ecological processes can transition from one habitat to another, is critical to conserving biodiversity and ensuring resiliency for wildlife—especially in the face of climate change. By designating select landscapes and waterways under federal jurisdiction as wildlife corridors, we can safeguard our native flora and fauna for future generations.

Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 Conservation Groups Sign On Letter

Backed by more than 160 conservation organizations across the country, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act was introduced to Congress by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) in December 2018. We expect the bill will be reintroduced in 2019 with bipartisan support. If passed, the bill will designate wildlife corridors on federal lands across the country and provide incentives for states, tribes, and other entities to enhance habitat connectivity and protect wildlife corridors on non-federal lands. In the letter, the conservation groups thank the Congressmen for their leadership on this landmark legislation that will help rapidly declining species populations adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

E.O. Wilson’s Letter of Support for the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018

Prominent conservation biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson lends his support to the landmark Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act as Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) prepare to introduce it in the Senate and House in December 2018. If passed, the Act will designate wildlife corridors on federal lands and provide incentives for landowners to protect corridors on non-federal lands. In his letter, Dr. Wilson urges “all members of the Senate and House of Representatives to support this bill that would help conserve the interconnectedness of habitats of thousands of our nation’s native species, boosting their resilience to climate change and maintaining the health of our country’s diverse natural heritage.”

The Politics of Wildways Webinar

We presented the webinar on October 17, 2018 about the evolution and importance of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act. Susan Holmes, Wildlands Network’s Policy Director, discusses the growing movement for wildlife corridors around the country, how we are building bi-partisan support, and how the bill will address protections for native species and their habitat, promote wildlife corridors, and mitigate wildlife-vehicle collisions.

Final Jaguar Recovery Plan July 2018

Finalized in July 2018 but not released until April 2019, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s new Jaguar Recovery Plan reaffirms Wildlands Network’s key strategies for protecting and enhancing jaguar populations in Mexico and the U.S., while also demonstrating the need for continued robust advocacy with government officials to improve and strengthen the official recovery programs. The recovery plan details the necessity for stronger habitat connectivity through the usage of wildlife crossings and identifying new key habitat areas were jaguars can successfully be reintroduced.

Why Pronghorn Need a National Wildlife Corridors System

Each winter, pronghorn make a grueling, 150-mile migration from Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin to Grand Teton National Park. Without this migration, pronghorns would not be able to find feeding grounds to get them through such harsh winters. Unfortunately, many of our roads, fences, and cities block pronghorns from making this critical migration. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would make it possible for pronghorn to reclaim their migration route and secure it for future generations.

Why Florida Panthers Need a National Wildlife Corridors System

Through the implementation of wildlife corridors and road crossings on major highways, Florida Panthers would have a safe passage from southern protected areas such as Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge northward to protected areas like Apalachicola National Forest, securing this species for future generations. Florida Panthers are a classic tale of an American comeback—and by supporting the National Wildlife Corridors Bill, this species will continue to represent this important national story.