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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.”

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.

Wildlands Connection: Fall 2018

In the last issue of Wildlands Connection of 2018, you’ll read about living with our wild neighbors, the ethics of wildlife tourism, our effort to reveal that 99.9% of public comments are in favor of strong federal protections for red wolves, the exciting Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, and so much more!

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.”

Draft Pacific Wildway Map

This is a draft preview of our Pacific Wildway Map, the first phase of which will be ready to share this spring! Working with a team of scientists at the University of Washington, we are making steady progress toward mapping landscape connectivity in the Pacific Northwest to help prioritize conservation efforts to protect wildlife—now and into the future. The Pacific Wildway Map will highlight vital linkages for species traversing the landscape as it undergoes climatic changes. Using the map as a guiding tool, we will be able to identify critical gaps where connectivity could be greatly enhanced, offering crucial protections for imperiled species like wolverines.

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.

Eastern Wildway Highlights September 2018

The Eastern Wildway Highlights Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from September 2018 includes stories about the USFWS plan to reduce the recovery area for red wolves, the growing movement to expand and protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and the halted construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Western Wildway Newsletter August 2018

The Western Wildway Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from August 2018 includes stories about the Forest Service’s intention of giving the Village at Wolf Creek road access, The Wilderness Society’s work to secure the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the reintroduction of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act in Congress.

Across Borders: Challenges and Successes of Landscape Conservation and Mexico Webinar

We presented the webinar on August 22, 2018 about how differences in Mexico’s culture, laws, and land tenure present unique challenges and opportunities to large scale conservation efforts, and how we’re making progress in the borderlands region. Juan Carlos Bravo, Wildlands Network’s Director of the Mexico Program, discusses our exciting road ecology work to make Mexico’s Highway 2 more permeable to wildlife, community-based carnivore-friendly ranching models in northern Mexico, our efforts to save thick-billed parrots and jaguars, and our citizen science initiative introducing urban populations to wildlife for the very first time.

Wildlands Connection: Summer 2018

In this issue, we discuss the proposed USFWS red wolf plan, which would allow hunters to shoot any wolves who wander outside the newly reduced recovery area. You can also learn about our new Half-East Map, used for reconnecting, restoring, and rewilding the Eastern Wildway. Finally, you can watch a video documenting the last three years of red wolves and deer at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Pacific Wildway Highlights August 2018

The Pacific Wildway Highlights Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from August 2018 includes stories about Wildlands Network’s Pacific Northwest mapping project, Wildlands Network’s presentation at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and Cascade Forest Conservancy’s beaver reintroduction project.

Rewilding Literature: Catalyzing Compassion for Wild Predators through Creative Nonfiction

In this essay, originally published in an anthology titled “Writing for Animals” (Ashland Creek Press, 2018), author Paula MacKay explores how writers can use their craft to cultivate empathy for wild predators and promote compassion on their behalf. She examines how several notable authors employ literary devices to make scientific knowledge about predators more palatable and persuasive to readers.