This year the European Wilderness Society has been very successful. We have grown in many directions, and set many plans and projects into motion for 2018 and beyond.
Please also read: A glimpse into our daily work
Expanding the European Wilderness Network
In 2018 the team conducted many field audits to grow the European Wilderness Network. We welcomed Thayatal WILDForest and Thaya WILDRiver to the network in May, and Darvaika Wilderness and Maramarosh Wilderness joined in August. We also carried out a Re-Audit in Majella Wilderness and a Quick-Audit in Chornyy Dil Wilderness. Additionally we included many field trips to potential Wilderness areas, for example Triglav National Park in Slovenia.
In August we took eleven international artists to Synevyr National Nature Park in Ukraine, and let Wilderness inspire them. The event was a huge success and will become part of a regular events programme of the European Wilderness Society. We recently released a video about the whole WILDArt experience in Ukraine.
We reached over 1000 children
We also travelled all over Austria, Germany and Ukraine for our Let’s get Wild! school programme. Over 100 children visited Wilderness camps in Kalkalpen National Park, Austria, this summer. Additionally, we took Let’s get Wild to the Zoo!
Cooperation with US Wilderness Stewards
We crossed the ocean to the US several times this year. This includes a two month trip visiting key Wilderness organisations, Leave No Trace training, and the Wilderness Ranger Academy. Additionally we had US visitors to European Wilderness Society in Tamsweg, Austria – Wilderness veteran Garry Oye and Friends of the Bitterroot visited.
We spread the word about Wilderness and Wolves on TV and radio
Planning the Wilderness Academy Days
We began planning for the Wilderness Academy Days for 27-29 May in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau, Austria. This will bring together Wilderness-advocates, protected area managers, and scientists to celebrate the 55th anniversary of US Wilderness Act, the 10th anniversary of the European Wilderness Resolution, and the 5th anniversary of the European Wilderness Society. Tickets are online, and we are still looking for speakers – contact us!
New publications on our website
We have also been busy in the office as well as the field. Currently we are publishing Wilderness Briefs on our website every week – short reports that pack in lots of Wilderness knowledge!
Our team expanded
In May we welcomed after our first volunteer Nick Huisman, also our second volunteer Rebecca Hollely, an English biologist, and we have now chosen our third volunteer who will start at the beginning of 2019.
A Wild thank you from the whole team!
Our work is only possible because of your support. We have over 1200 online posts giving you the latest news, and over 500 000 visitors to our website. With your support, contributions and donations, we were able to successfully run our education projects, maintain the European Wilderness Network, and organise wild events across the whole year.
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We thank you, and wish you a happy and fruitful new year. Let’s get Wild!