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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.

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.