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Building Community in the Pacific Wildway

In the Pacific region and across North America, Wildlands Network connects communities both human and wild with our bold, regional approach to conservation. Through storytelling, public engagement, and network-building, we weave together the scientific and social threads of landscape connectivity—strengthening the ties that bind us to build a sustainable, more inclusive conservation movement.

A woman in a white, long-sleeved shirt and black pants stands in front of a projection screen with an image of a wolverine on it, before an audience of a few people.
Wildlands Network’s Rebecca Hunter introduces the panel of speakers at our Wolverine Evening in Seattle, which attracted a broad audience with diverse backgrounds and interests. Photo: Katy Schaffer

For the Pacific Wildway to best serve the unique conservation priorities and experiences of the communities in our project area, we must leverage diversity and inclusion in project planning and outreach. We value nontraditional voices in environmental movements, and are seeking out new voices to form a strong collaborative in the heart of our Pacific program area that represents and reflects the diverse human communities, wildlife, ecosystems and landscapes that share this region.

Wildlands Network believes collaboration between such a diversity of stakeholders is essential to restoring and protecting ecological health and wildness in the home we all share.  Growing grassroots momentum through a coalition of diverse voices will promote connectivity as a solution to environmental threats that impact everyone, regardless of race, age, political affiliation, or even species.

Wildlands Network believes collaboration between a diversity of stakeholders is essential to restoring and protecting wildness.

Our Pacific Wildway campaign prioritizes education and community outreach so we can build the grassroots momentum necessary to accomplish our scientific and policy-related goals. Our robust network of collaborators and supporters—like you!—will help us re-establish habitat connectivity in the Pacific region, one linkage at a time.

To inspire broad-based support for regional connectivity, we create and distribute science-informed education materials, produce films and other media, and organize community events.

Our community outreach goals are to:

  • educate citizens about environmental threats to the region and the critical need for restoring habitat connectivity;
  • engage a diversity of human communities in collaborative action to advance conservation on-the-ground;
  • mobilize advocacy for conservation-driven wildlife management and increased protection of regional lands;
  • generate support and enthusiasm for the Pacific Wildway in local communities throughout the region; and
  • advance environmental justice and equal access for underrepresented groups through inclusive science communications.

What’s Happening in the Pacific Wildway?

A group of people sit around a wooden table, writing on paper, with glasses of beer in front of them.
Trivia players test their wildlife knowledge at our Beers and Bears: Wildlife Trivia Night. Photo: Katy Schaffer

Wild Seattle. In 2018, we organized several wild events in our hub city of Seattle. In July, for example, we hosted a Wolverine Evening in Seattle, and in August, we presented a wildlife-themed trivia night. Stay tuned for details about future supporter hikes in the San Juans and the Cascades. Sign up for our e-newsletters to learn how you can join us!

Pacific Wildway Launch Party. We’re officially kicking-off our Pacific Wildway campaign in Seattle with a sneak-peek of the regional connectivity map we’re using to help define priority conservation areas in the region. This event is planned for October 2018.

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Rewilderness. We’re creating a short documentary film illustrating the unique wild character of the Pacific Wildway. This film promotes the life-sustaining benefits of rewilding and invites viewers to engage in efforts to restore healthy, intact ecosystems in the Pacific Wildway. Check back for production updates in fall 2018!

Education. We look forward to developing connectivity lessons and presentations for middle school students in King County, Washington, in the 2018-2019 school year.

Please visit our website again soon for updates on outreach events in the Pacific Wildway. To learn about how you can get involved in your community, contact Rebecca Hunter, the education and outreach coordinator for the Pacific Wildway, at rebecca@wildlandsnetwork.org.