In 2017, I heard “Conservacion Patagonica” speak about connecting the national parks in Chile at E.O. Wilson’s Biodiversity Days conference at Duke University. As I listened, I recalled a 28-day bus trip I had just led with a 20 undergraduates students around the American West. As an avid backpacker and outdoor educator, I realized that like Chile we might already have the infrastructure needed for a continental wildlife corridor. In fact, we could use our scenic trails as anchors for a protected area network that would connect many of our parks and wilderness areas. Just imagine if they were all connected— what a beautiful landscape that would be for us and for them.
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