Climate Change

Habitat loss is the primary threat to the survival of wildlife.

Rapid loss of wildlife habitat, exacerbated by climate change, is causing a global extinction crisis threatening the places and wildlife we love in the Interior West. And the West is losing nature at an alarming pace – one football-field worth of natural lands is lost to human development every 2.5 minutes.

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Wildlife Survival

Habitat loss and fragmentation make it increasingly difficult for wildlife to maintain the migration patterns that are essential to their survival, especially for big game species that need to move safely across large landscapes. This loss of habitat creates a serious threat to wildlife populations, increasing risk of endangerment and even extinction. When a habitat is dramatically changed, it may no longer provide the food, water, shelter, and resources needed by wildlife to survive and thrive. As the West’s population continues to grow, pressure on wildlife from human development will only increase.

Help WRA combat these threats to our wildlife and permanently protect and connect our Western lands so that they support thriving wildlife populations.

Your donation will allow us to advance proven measures with state and local governments to identify and protect wildlife corridors, reduce barriers to wildlife migration, and ensure development remains in areas that make environmental sense and that protect habitat.



Biodiversity is critical to protect the integrity of our ecosystems. And with 1 million species of plants and animals now threatened with extinction, urgent action is needed. Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity – and is driving the rapid decline of species. Protecting intact landscapes is necessary for the health of our rivers, lakes, and water supplies across the West. These landscapes and native vegetation play a vital role in combating the climate crisis, helping sequester and deposit carbon, and providing an important offset for human climate pollution.

Join WRA in ensuring a future where ecosystems and communities are more resilient against climate change.

Your support will help advance WRA’s pursuit of effective policy solutions that enable communities to thrive in balance with nature, including shielding wildlands and watersheds from development and pursuing expanded funding to protect and restore important landscapes for both humans and wildlife.


Western Way of Life

Outdoor recreation is an essential way that we engage with our natural and cultural heritage. Whether you prefer hiking a mountain trail, kayaking down a scenic river, or skiing the snow-capped slopes, the West provides exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities – which also attract visitors from around the world. In turn, this bolsters local economies. Identifying and protecting critical habitats for wildlife also helps ensure species survive, maintaining our Western traditions like hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. But climate change represents a serious threat to the enjoyment we derive from outdoor recreation and, as a result, the viability of local businesses and communities that recreation supports. The protection and restoration of our lands is crucial to the economic and recreational livelihood of our communities.

Support WRA’s work to halt habitat loss and ensure robust local outdoor economies and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty are here for future generations.

Your gift will enable us to move forward smart policies that better manage our natural and cultural resources, while also expanding equitable access to public lands for outdoor recreation for all.


How will you help protect the West from climate change?



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