Wilderness International is one of those very few non-profit conservation organizations that sees itself as a devoted Christian group committed to the preservation of God’s creation here on Earth. While it’s fair to say that the organization is relatively young, having been organized back in 2005, it has seen significant expansion in the past several years. The group was first formed in the U.S., but it now has reached neighboring Canada. Accordingly, the goal of the organization’s formation is the encouragement to care for, experience, as well as enjoy God’s amazing creation.
Pretty much like other non-profit organizations dedicated to conserving the planet through various advocacies, Wilderness International sources its funds from different entities, including but not limited to government grants, donations from members, and sponsorships from other organizations.
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As of the moment, Wilderness International is involved one way or another in five different projects. The five projects that the organization is currently active in are Community Conservation, Outdoor Adventure, Community Environmental Education, Outdoor Adventures, and Church and Community Partnerships. But in those five projects, Community Conservation is what Wilderness International is widely known. The project as a whole includes a wide range of community-based projects targeting conservation efforts.
Considering that Oregon is the group’s headquarters, it’s not really surprising to see that majority of the group’s programs under the Community Conservation are found there. A good example of a project under Community Conservation is Meldrum Bar Park in Gladstone, where several community members were treated with fun activities in the park, which also happens to be the home of several protected wetland areas that are home to a wide variety of animals, including fish, reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
Additionally, the organization built the Native Habitat Demonstration Garden with the intention of restoring the habitat of the 11-acre land earlier labeled as a natural area. The fact is in seven years and running, the project has remained as the group’s main focus.
Goals for Conservation
As of this posting, there are several goals Wilderness International is trying to achieve in its Conservation Project. One of those goals is to increase the awareness in the community with regards to the advantages of having and living in a healthier ecosystem. As for the hands-on approach, the project likewise wants to improve watershed health and native habitats using the distinctive method of invasive plant removal, the purpose of which is to replace them with native vegetation.
Moreover, Wilderness International also wants to be a major player in building infrastructure; however, it isn’t for the usual objective of improving industries. Instead, it will be for the protection of the environment, such as the construction of protective fencing, campgrounds, trails, and even educational kiosks.
Finally, the organization is currently working very hard to be able to contribute to raising awareness and in the process wants to provide food and shelter to native wildlife populations, especially those that are heavily threatened by industries. In a world where care for nature and the planet isn’t a priority, organizations like Wilderness International definitely could make a huge difference.