Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona. Photo: BLM/Bob Wick

Connecting Wildlands, Wildlife, & People

Wilburforce Foundation empowers conservation leaders to protect the irreplaceable lands, waters, and wildlife of western North America.

We support and connect organizations and individuals that are committed to protecting wild places and the wildlife that depend on them. We invest in science-based solutions, advocate for responsible policies, and strengthen our grantees’ capacities to achieve lasting outcomes.

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Where we work

We work within specific areas of western North America. We use conservation science to identify priority regions that correspond with our focus on wildlands and habitat connections that allow wildlife to thrive.

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What we fund

We exist to preserve western North America’s irreplaceable biological diversity and ecological integrity. We work with our partners to defend and use environmental policies that safeguard wildlife and wild places.

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Who we support

We support a diversity of organizations and collaborative efforts throughout our priority regions. We make sustained investments in our partners over time and build their capacity to achieve higher levels of effectiveness.

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news & information

July 21st, 2:15 pm

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Native American activists and allies are transporting a 25-foot, 5,000-pound totem pole from Washington state to Washington DC, stopping at sacred sites along the way to call for immediate action to protect these lands. This journey, the Red Road to DC, is led by the House of Tears Carvers of Lummi Nation. Wilburforce Foundation is proud to support the #RedRoadtoDC journey. Participants in the journey are sharing this message: President Biden must continue to strengthen environmental protections and uphold the U.S. government's commitments by directing all federal agencies to require the engagement and consent of affected Native Nations, early in the process and before a project is approved.Far too often, projects that affect Native lands, waters, and resources begin construction without proper consent, forcing Native Peoples to the front lines to fight on all of our behalf for what should already be protected by law. Learn more about what you can do and how you can help here: redroadtodc.org/actions/take-action-fpic/ ... See MoreSee Less
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July 21st, 10:06 am

Wilburforce Foundation
BREAKING: We're celebrating - alongside our long-term grantees at Conservation Northwest and their partners at WSDOT - the first recorded use of new wildlife crossing structures over and under I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington's Cascades by a bear! The I-90 Interstate fractured wildlife connectivity for many decades, but a brilliant public-private partnership helped correct this mistake, making the area safer for wildlife *and* people. If you'd like a deeper dive into this work, check out Conservation NW's short film about the project: Cascade Crossroads. Next up: we're hoping to see the first wolverine using the crossings! ... See MoreSee Less
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