Mission and Goals
CPAWS Wildlands League is a not-for-profit charity that has been working in the public interest to protect public lands and resources in Ontario since 1968, beginning with a campaign to protect Algonquin Park from development. We have extensive knowledge of land use in Ontario and a history of working with governments (provincial, federal, Aboriginal and municipal), communities, scientists, the public and resource industries on progressive conservation initiatives. We have specific experience with impacts of industrial development on boreal forests and wildlife that depend on them, as well as dedicated protected areas establishment and management expertise.
Our work is dynamic. We don’t just talk about an area or an issue. We get to know it inside and out. We understand the players, the pressure points and make sure our contributions add value. We are a small yet highly effective charity that brings scientific rigor, credibility and creative solutions forward. And we help connect people with nature through local polar bear swims and paddles in the Rouge.
We often work in coalition efforts, creating a broad base of support for conservation campaigns and reaching diverse communities.
We support people and their dreams for wilderness; we engage them and create space for their voices to be heard.
Thousands invest in our legacy of wild places.
How Your Contribution Helps
The difference you will make is simple. In the last 14 years alone we have increased protection or enhanced the management of over 15 million hectares in Ontario – averaging just over a million hectares a year.
If you believe in getting results, then invest with Wildlands League, a charity that delivers results. We average 85 cents per hectare.
With your support, we can continue this work, protecting Ontario’s rivers, forests, species and wilderness for generations to come.
Some messages received from our donors during December, 2016:
"Your work on the Ring of Fire is crucial to both the survival of the environment and the indigenous people who help to protect it. The pressure of mining on this area needs all your efforts to ensure a regional EA process and allow indigenous communities to forge allegiances and work on the development of their social capital as well as negotiate for the settlement of their treaty rights, a rightful outcome of reconciliation."- E.P., Ontario
"Thank you for caring about our wild animals and our forests. They must be saved. Walking thru the woods and smelling the fresh scent is so relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Seeing wildlife just makes it so much better." - Anonymous donor
"I am making this donation to do my small part in protecting wild animal habitat, whether grasslands or wilderness or wetlands or rivers and oceans. Thank you for all you are doing to protect our wildlife and preserve our environment for future generations." - H.K., Ontario