Creating landscapes for life
Humans need highways, wildlife needs Wildways©
Just as humans use highways that span state and national boundaries for many essential purposes, wildlife needs Wildways to travel the distances required to find a mate, to breed and to keep genetic variability strong.
Wildways are constructed by protecting core areas connected to one another by corridors or linkages. They are essentially mosaics of connected public and private lands that provide habitat and safe passageways for wildlife to travel freely from place to place.
These mosaics wind their way around human developments. Building wildlife over-or-underpasses mitigates pinch-points where major roads interrupt wildlife pathways. Using science-driven modeling and mapping processes, we work with partners to develop regional-scale conservation plans so that stakeholders, including land management and policy experts, can make informed decisions about how and where to connect and protect land vital to the creation of the Wildways.
Wildlands Network is now focused on completing four Continental Wildways, large protected landscapes for wildlife movement.These Wildways also are home to our greatest North American treasures: our national parks, scenic rivers, majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, continental trails, and vibrant grasslands and forests:
- The Eastern Wildway extending northward from the Everglades along the Appalachians to the Arctic
- The Western Wildway spanning the continent from Mexico, through the Rockies, to Alaska
- The Pacific Wildway running from Baja to Alaska
- The Boreal Wildway running west-east from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes across the forest roof of North America
The Eastern and Western Wildways are our current area of focus and are now supported by growing networks of people and organizations.
Wildlands Network’s vision for continental-scale conservation is scientifically confirmed, internationally embraced and could not be more urgently needed around the world and here in North America.
"Although the Wildlands Project's (now Wildlands Network) call for restoring keystone species and connectivity was met, at first, with amusement, these goals have now been embraced broadly as the only realistic strategy for ending the extinction crisis."