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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. Even though the organization is considered young (formed in 2005), it now has increased its membership and coverage. Originally from the United States, its operations have reached neighboring Canada. According to the organization, the idea behind its formation is “to encourage everyone to care for, experience, and enjoy God’s amazing creation.”
Similar to most other non-profit organizations about Earth’s conservation, Wilderness International gets its funding from different organizations and groups, including that of the government, sponsorships, private company grants, and donations from its own members.
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Currently, Wilderness International manages and participates in five distinct 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 of those five, Community Conservation is probably the most recognizable. The project is comprised of several different conservation projects in different communities.
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.
Back in 2009, Wilderness International increased its community conservation efforts by building a Native Habitat Demonstration garden in an 11-acre lot earlier declared as a natural area. As a matter of fact, the project is deemed as the organization’s main project today.
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.
Next, Wilderness International also wants to participate and be active in building infrastructures, but it isn’t for the benefit of industries. The infrastructure the group wants to build includes campground facilities, protective fencing, trails, and others that promote the protection of natural habitats.
Finally, Wilderness International wants to contribute to raising opportunities such as food and shelter to the native wildlife in areas where they currently cover. In a world where care for nature and the planet isn’t a priority, organizations like Wilderness International definitely could make a huge difference.