Rewilding Idaho seeks to actively foster and restore the functionality of ecological processes and systems on the landscape in the Yellowstone to Central Idaho region, including the restoration of animals such as bison, carnivores, and horses that co-evolved there.
Rewilding Idaho is an Idaho-based non-profit association
sponsored by Rewilding America Now.
Reconnect the functionality of the Wildlife Corridor between the Yellowstone Ecosystem and Central Idaho and foster carbon capture
Restore the functionality of the now diminished biotic community in the region by replacing non-native herbivores with those that evolved with the native flora of the region
Foster a local economically stable enterprise
Promote ecological functionality in a science-based atmosphere that is equitable and just and recognizes the contributions and rights of the First Peoples of the region
Benefits of Rewilding
Rewilding involves restoring and reintroducing natural ecosystems and their species to their original state. Some of the key benefits of rewilding are:
Rewilding helps restore and protect natural habitats, allowing species to thrive and promoting biodiversity. By reintroducing keystone species and reconnecting fragmented habitats, it contributes to the preservation of ecosystems and their resilience.
Rewilding aids in restoring natural ecological processes such as predator-prey interactions. This helps maintain a balanced and functioning ecosystem, which in turn can lead to improved ecosystem services, such as improved water quality and soil quality.
Rewilding aims to restore and expand habitats which are crucial for numerous species.
CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND CLIMATE REGULATION
Rewilding initiatives can help sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
TOURISM AND RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
Rewilded areas often become attractive tourism destinations, drawing visitors interested in experiencing the beauty and biodiversity of restored natural landscapes. This can lead to economic benefits for local communities through tourism revenue and job creation.
CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES
Rewilding helps reconnect people with nature and reestablish cultural and spiritual connections to the natural world. It provides opportunities for indigenous communities to engage in traditional practices and reconnect with land and wildlife.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Reintroducing native species and restoring ecosystems provides opportunities for scientific research and education. It allows for the study of ecosystem dynamics, species interactions, and the benefits of ecosystem restoration.
Rewilding offers a holistic approach to conservation that can generate numerous environmental, social, and economic benefits in the long run.
Rewilding Birch Creek