Connecting Wild Places
Connecting Wild Places is a campaign to permanently protect and connect habitat areas and wildlife corridors in Pacific Northwest California to provide for wildlife and climate change adaption. The campaign was started by a group of motivated women in Arcata, California who work with the Environmental Protection Information Center and Klamath Forest Alliance. The Goal is to designate these high quality habitats and wildlife corridors as permanently protected wilderness areas or to have them acknowledged and protected in National Forest Plan Revisions. Once this is accomplished, the campaign would branch out to protect lands across California, the nation, and eventually across the planet.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
We are working to save big old trees and carbon dense forest stands and to protect wildlife and plant species survival. California offers an amazing opportunity to establish an interconnected intact landscape, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Roadless areas, rivers and ridges linking wilderness and core habitat areas, not only provide for wildlife but are also a key to adapting to climate change and are a source of clean water and air
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
Global warming and human impacts on the landscape including logging, grazing, mining, agriculture, road building, water diversions and multiple other stressors continuously threaten our watersheds and forests and come with devastating ecological costs to current and future generations.
What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:
We need to build broad based community support for protecting wilderness and to call on entrusted leaders to Protect and Connect Wild Places now!
Click the link above to sign and share the Connecting Wild Places petition with your friends and family. Our goal is to reach 50,000 signatures by the 50th Anniversary on the Wilderness Act on September 3rd 2014.
Donations are also greatly appreciated, it takes tremendous amounts of energy and materials to raise awareness of the campaign, build alliances with other advocacy groups, and generate support from elected officials to permanently protect wilderness and influence National Forest Plan Revisions.
Specific needs and/or support requests:
There are many ways you can help:
- Sign and share the Connecting Wild Places Petition with your friends and family;
- Lend your time as a volunteer. We need graphic designers, artists, writers, networkers and motivated caring people to help build this grassroots campaign; and
- Donate to support our efforts to protect wild places for future generations.
Suggested best local solution for this topic:
In this rapidly changing climate, the best thing we can do is to protect all remaining old growth and mature trees, establish a well-connected network of wildlife corridors, and reform antiquated resource extraction practices. Protecting and connecting wild places can be done by designating lands as permanently protected wilderness areas or by acknowledging and protecting wildlife corridors in upcoming National Forest Plan Revisions.
Conserving and connecting habitat is the number one goal of the (U.S.) National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaption Strategy, “Sustaining a diversity of healthy populations over time requires conserving a sufficient variety and amount of habitat and building a well-connected network of conservation areas to allow the movement of species in response to climate change.” Establishing wildlife corridors and linkages that are providing vital habitat connectivity is key to species survival and will aide in climate change adaption.
Alarmingly, according to the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s 2011 Special Animals List, the majority of our wildlife needs help: 88% of amphibians, 87% of native fish, two out of three mammals, and nearly half of all birds and reptiles are “at risk.” This decline of wildlife is indicative of the failing health of our ecosystems, of which we depend.
The Connecting Wild Places campaign is an excellent opportunity to network with other people, groups and elected and appointed officials to work toward a common goal of permanently protecting some of the most important biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.
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