Kim Vacariu is the Western Director for the Wildlands Network. He currently works with a broad range of conservation groups and private citizens to implement Wildlands Network Conservation Plans in the western U.S. He currently leads the Western Wildway Network’s efforts to develop new communications initiatives throughout the Western U.S., Canada, and northern Mexico. Kim currently coordinates the Western Wildway Network Initiative – a collaborative strategy to protect wildlife corridors along the Western Wildway stretching from Alaska south to Mexico. Kim also has been instrumental in elevating the recognition of ecological concerns related to the construction of border security infrastructure blocking U.S.-Mexico wildlife linkages, and has organized and convened influential “Border Ecological Symposiums” that have helped bring cross-border connectivity concerns to the forefront. He has authored numerous articles and papers devoted to raising awareness of the importance of large-scale landscape connectivity, and has presented at many national conferences. Kim was co-author in 2000 of the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Design -- the first of six “WNDs” published to date by the Wildlands Network. He previously served as Wildlands Network's Communications Director from 1998-2000.
Off the Clock: Kim and his wife are celebrating the recent completion of a new home that required 2 years and the laying of 4,000 adobes -- a project that Kim says made him "a lot younger and a lot older." That project now behind him, he’s enjoying his 40-acre backyard where regular close-up encounters with the deer, javalina, coyotes, roadrunners, bobcats and rattlesnakes provide inspiration. Days off allow hiking in the nearby Chiricahua Wilderness. Kim’s dream: To see a jaguar in his wild neighborhood!
Kim has a BS in Journalism from Kent State University, and was the founder, editor, and publisher of the Steamboat Springs Review (Colorado), a conservation-focused newspaper, and received that city’s “Shining Star Award” for community environmental service in 1996. Kim works from the Wildlands Network’s Portal, Arizona field office.
"For 60 years we have measured our progress by economic gains and social justice. Now we know that the progress and even the survival of the only world we have depends on decisive action to protect that world. In the end, without environmental stewardship, there can be no sustainable prosperity and no sustainable social justice."