On November 22, 2019 North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) sent letters to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pressing the USFWS to strengthen efforts to save critically-endangered red wolves from extinction. Read the letters here: Red Wolf Support… Continue reading “Letters of Support for Red Wolves from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and DNCR”…
This case study demonstrates how a diversity of social, political, and economic forces in border regions can create unique pressures on wildlife habitat. Conservation of landscapes that host a wide range of land uses, jurisdictions, and competing for management goals can be challenging, especially when considering habitat needs of wide-ranging species. However, there are unique… Continue reading “A Mosaic of Land Tenure and Ownership Creates Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Conservation in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”…
Statement of support from New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands on the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act
Wildlands Network Borderland Program Coordinator Myles Traphagen and collaborators prepared a statement of defense for the unique biological and cultural sites threatened by the border wall at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona.
The USFWS proposal to delist the gray wolf and remove it from Endangered Species Act protections does not represent the best-available science pertaining to wolf conservation, nor does it represent the views of the majority of Americans.
Americans love and value our wildlife and natural heritage. Wildlife watching generates over $30 billion in consumer spending each year, fishing over $35 billion and hunting over $27 billion. These industries support local economies in rural America and generate state and local taxes.
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.
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 National Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would provide for the protection and restoration of our native wildlife by identifying connectivity and corridors within public lands across the country.
Many species in the US are declining. Scientists estimate that one in five species are at risk of extinction. One of the greatest threats to species survival and diversity is the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of natural habitats. America’s landscapes are losing species, becoming biologically unproductive and unhealthy because native habitats have become islands, cutoff from other landscapes and waterways, unable to sustain vital natural processes, such as: dispersal, migration, genetic exchange, acquisition of resources, population stability, and climate adaptation, among others.
Please enjoy this recording of our May 15, 2019 webinar about our state policy efforts across the United States. Greg Costello (our executive director), Phil Carter (our wildlife policy coordinator), and Susan Holmes (our policy director) provide updates on our efforts across in Washington, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters nationwide, Wildlands Network, along with 222 other NGOs, express our strong support for the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019.
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.
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.
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.