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Kim Vacariu is the former Western Director for Wildlands Network, where he led efforts by the 25-member Western Wildway Network to protect and connect wildlife habitat corridors stretching from Alaska to Mexico. Kim has been instrumental in organizing new partner coalitions, elevating the recognition of habitat connectivity threats posed by the walling off of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including organization of the first Border Ecological Symposiums in Arizona. He also convened the first private lands conservation workshops in Arizona, and received the Federal Highway Administration’s 2007 Environmental Excellence Award for his work in creating Arizona’s statewide Wildlife Linkage Assessment.
Kim was co-author in 2000 of the ground-breaking Sky Islands Wildlands Network Design—the first effort to publish specific science-based maps and implementation steps required for protection of core, corridor and compatible use areas within regional habitat networks. He has authored numerous articles and papers devoted to raising awareness of the importance of large-scale landscape connectivity. He served as Wildlands Network's Communications Director from 1998-2000. Kim founded, edited and published the Steamboat Springs Review (Colorado), a conservation-focused newspaper that received that city’s “Shining Star Award” for community environmental service in 1996.
Kim works from his home in Portal, Arizona, where he is a board member of Friends of Cave Creek Canyon and organizes an annual “Heritage Days” event focusing on the importance of recognizing wildlife and habitat as critical members of the local community.