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Kim Vacariu

Kim poses on a green hillside, half facing the camera, with a lush green valley visible behind him.

Kim Vacariu served in communications and network organizing positions with Wildlands Network staff from 1998 to 2017, and now continues to assist the organization as a media consultant handling news release reporting, writing and distribution.

Kim earned a B.S. in Journalism from Kent State University. He was the founder, editor, and publisher of the Steamboat Springs Review (Colorado), a conservation-focused newspaper, and received the city’s “Shining Star Award” for community environmental service. At Wildlands Network, Kim has been instrumental in organizing new partner coalitions, elevating the recognition of threats to habitat connectivity posed by walling off of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and convening the first private lands conservation workshops in Arizona. He co-authored the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Design in 2000—the first of 6 such designs published to date—and has authored numerous articles and papers devoted to raising awareness about the importance of landscape connectivity. Kim was Communications Director for Wildlands Network from 1998–2000, and received the Federal Highway Administration’s Environmental Excellence Award for creating Arizona’s statewide Wildlife Linkage Assessment in 2007.

Kim and his wife enjoy wandering their 40-acre backyard near the Chiricahua Wilderness Area in southeastern Arizona, where they have inspiring encounters with deer, javelinas, coyotes, roadrunners, bobcats, black bears, and rattlesnakes. Kim dreams of someday seeing a jaguar in his wild neighborhood!