Posted: 09 Dec 2016 03:31 PM PST
by Susan Holmes and Katie Davis, of Wildlands
in the work to protect wild nature in the United
States. This morning, Rep. Don Beyer
(D-VA-8th) introduced the Wildlife
Corridors Conservation Act in Congress—
a legislative breakthrough decades in the
making. See our News Release.
The scientific community has long recognized
that protection of isolated areas in the United
States, like national parks, monuments and
wildlife refuges, is not enough to prevent the
decline of native wildlife. Scientists tell us that
1 in 5 species in the U.S. is at risk of extinction—
hardwired natural behaviors like migration and
the search for food and mates require
movement across large landscapes. Protected
islands of biodiversity, while important in their
own right, do not address the increasingly
fragmented landscapes that confront wildlife
when they start to roam as nature intended,
and as climate change requires.
So, it should come as no surprise that we're not
the only ones celebrating this bill. Today, in
response to the introduction in Congress, none
other than the great E.O. Wilson had this to say:
"The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would
provide the most important step of any single
piece of legislation at the present time in…saving
large swaths of America's wildlife and other fauna
Wilson and other leading conservation scientists
signed a letter to Congress urging passage of
the bill to "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."
What would the act do that has everyone so excited?
First, and most importantly, it would establish the
National Wildlife Corridors System, an
administrative designation that would provide for
the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife
and plant species. Species have different reasons
for moving across the landscape, but one thing is
certain, wildlife will roam. By protecting landscape-
scale corridors, all wildlife get a better chance at
long-term survival and recovery.
Second, it requires coordination between federal
agencies, states, local governments, NGOs and private
landowners. Protecting large landscapes requires
everyone to work together and this bill ensures that
Third, it creates a dedicated funding source, the
Wildlife Corridors Stewardship and Protection
Fund, to support the management and work
required for this groundbreaking program to be
And finally, it would create the National Native
Species Habitats and Corridors Database – a
resource that would be used by scientists, land
managers and the public to make sure the best
available science is collected and used. We
believe everyone should have a chance to
participate in the fight to protect our wildlife.
We're proud to have worked on this impressive
legislation with Rep. Beyer, without whose
leadership and support this wouldn't have
been possible. We encourage you to call Rep.
Beyer and thank him for his leadership in
introducing this bill (You can reach his
office at (202) 225-4376).
But our work is just beginning. We have a
long fight ahead to get this through Congress
and onto the President's desk. We can't do it
alone – you can help us today by donating
to support this effort and our other critical
work to protect wildlife corridors.
Stay up to date on the bill's progress and find
out how you can take action in the coming
year by following us on Facebook, Twitter
You can find out more about the bill here.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Virginia Congressman, Don Beyer, has introduced THE WILDLIFE CORRIDORS CONSERVATION ACT,,,,,,"If passed by both Houses of Congress and signed by the President(Obama or Trump), it would "help conserve the inter-connectedness 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"............."Wildlife corridors connecting core reserves are crucial since they increase the effective amount of habitat that is available for species and effectively reverse habitat fragmentation"............ "This is especially important for migratory animals and those with large home ranges"........... "Larger habitats support greater biodiversity, larger populations, and a wider range of food sources and shelter"............. "They also allow populations to interbreed, improving long-term genetic viability"
Posted by Rick Meril at 8:19 PM