Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 to be introduced today

Update from Wildlands Network

The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 is scheduled to be introduced today in both the House and Senate.

Please check out the Wildlands Network site for a comprehensive story about this legislation as well as a link for you to TAKE ACTION.

Wildlands Network thanks everyone for your continued support of the bill and sends a special thank you to those who have been reaching out to your congressional representatives – there are multiple co-sponsors on the bill.

In conjunction with the release of this bill, Wildlands Network Communications Specialist, Gabby Saunders has prepared a social media toolkit for your use. If your communications team is at the very least able to post a thank for the sponsors of the bill today, that would be greatly appreciated.

A few things to note:

  1. The hashtag that will be used to promote the legislation is #protectwildlifecorridors
  2. The Senate Sponsor is Sen. Udall, co-sponsoring are Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D- NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The House Sponsors are Don Beyer (D-VA)  and Vern Buchanan (R-FL).
  3. If anyone listed above is one of your Senators/Reps, if you could send them a personalized note thanking them, that would be amazing.

Social MediaToolkit

Thank you all again so much!

Gabby Saunders
Communication Specialist
Wildlands Network 801-638-6010

Please reach out directly to us with any specific questions or follow up.

Susan Holmes
Policy Director
Wildlands Network
Coordinator, Connectivity Policy Coalition
202-329-1553
cell www.wildlandsnetwork.org

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Barrie Gilbert - May 17, 2019

Critical action like this is a first priority for conservation of species like antelope, grizzly bears, lynx, wolverine…. you name it. Will be even more crucial as climate warming changes habitat characteristics.

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Ann Mond - May 18, 2019

“Rewilding is the reintroduction of select plants and animals into an environment to help restore an ecological balance that benefits all inhabitants. Rewilding with wild horses is a popular strategy in Europe including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and more. There is a crucial thread of connection between America’s wild horses and habitats, as well as to our humanity; therefore highlighting rewilding as a sensible management strategy for these populations here in the States. Rewilding with America’s wild horses would begin by shifting our nation’s current narrative of wild horses as a nuisance and instead as a valued and integral component to our American ecosystems. By understanding ​their​ ​value​ ​for​ ​our​ ​habitat​ ​and​ ​land​ ​conservation​ with ​the overall​ ​impact​ ​that​ ​has​ ​on​ ​our​ ​future, we can restore​ ​an​ ​ecological​ ​balance to​ ​our​ ​environment​ ​through​ ​their presence.​ ​ Thousands of case studies around the world prove wild horses have a unique ability to provide balance to our ecosystems and to our spirits. ​

Worldwide ecological studies show that wild horses have an adaptive instinct to harmoniously fit into a variety of ecosystems, which they enhance. As large herbivores, their grazing and digesting of foliage is beneficial, because their fecal matter holds seeds intact. Their walking patterns and tails disperse seeds from other plants while their flat hooves plant them; thus helping to sustain the surrounding ecosystem. As a keystone species to North America, when wild horses are allowed to fulfill their ancient ecological niche they restore balance to our precious, yet degrading ecosystems. This biodiversity and the habitats that support it, provides everything that humans depend on for our survival. Why not allow wild horses to naturally stimulate biodiversity and as a result, a greater resilience to environmental factors affecting survival and ecosystem stability, including climate change, here in America as others are doing globally?”

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/485503411/a-new-perspective-on-america-s-wild-horses-for-our-habitats-and-humanity

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