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Pacific Wildway Network

Making the visionary Pacific Wildway a reality will require a deep commitment to understanding the unique priorities of this region, and to meeting the diverse challenges posed by the various sectors of our society.

To protect biodiversity at such a grand scale, we must collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders in our area—always keeping in mind that our ultimate stakeholders are the wild creatures with whom we share our home.

At an event with partners from Patagonia and the University of Washington’s Creative Conservation Lab, Jessica Schafer, Pacific Wildway director, discusses our efforts to protect wolverines in the Pacific region. Photo: Katy Schaffer

Partner groups in the Pacific Wildway are gathered under the umbrella of the Pacific Wildway Network.

Among our high-level priorities, we are working to:

Only together can we cultivate and advance projects to reconnect, restore, and rewild the vast Pacific region.

  • bring people and ideas together to create new opportunities for conservation partnerships;
  • enhance protections for native wildlife and wild places on the ground; and
  • unite the many diverse human communities of the Pacific region around one common goal: to create a more sustainable and wild future that benefits all life on Earth. 

Our Pacific Wildway Map serves as the scientific underpinning for the Pacific Wildway. We will use this map to leverage the local and placed-based efforts of our grassroots partner organizations, and to promote collaborations with state and federal agencies and private landowners.

We will work with organizations protecting myriad species, including orcas, salmon, bull trout, sage grouse, lynx, cougarswolverines, and grizzly bears, among others. We also plan to work with partners who protect and restore important public and private lands for the benefit of wildlife and people. Only together can we cultivate and advance projects to reconnect, restore, and rewild the vast Pacific region.

A large tan cat walks on a white, pebbly shore near water.
Rarely seen by people, cougars roam wild and free in many parts of the Pacific Wildway—but are vulnerable to hunting, development, and other human activity. Photo: National Park Service

We value the diverse voices working in conservation. Please help us make connections by joining our Pacific Wildway Network. Contact Jessica Walz Schafer, Pacific Wildway Director, at jessica@wildlandsnetwork.org for more information.

Stay tuned for a complete listing of our Pacific Wildway partners as the Network grows. In the meantime, check out our growing People of the Pacific blog series, which profiles some of our conservation partners working in the region.