New Mexico Wildways (NMW) was founded in 2009 to address the need for a coordinated, accelerated approach to protection and restoration of key wildlife linkages connecting existing protected areas in New Mexico, with an initial focus on the Galisteo Wildway—one of the most ecologically critical wildlife linkages in New Mexico.

 

Formation of NMW resulted from the need for collaboration among a wide range of conservation partners in order to accelerate and better coordinate wildlife corridor protection programs. The resulting coalition has worked hard to bring TrekWest to northern New Mexico and will selectively utilize the diverse skills, capacity and experience of each NMW organization to leverage and expedite on-the-ground actions that support wildlife habitat connectivity.

 

NMW is made up of groups working both regionally and statewide to advance the conservation of New Mexico’s biodiversity. Each member organization in NMW provides specific expertise designed to enhance conservation through private lands protection, informing county-level planning and zoning, improving safe highway passage for wildlife and people, wildlife monitoring and tracking, development of science-based corridor mapping, wilderness and public lands protection, and influencing public policy. Overall, these organizations represent thousands of members and a diverse set of partners and stakeholders across the state. To join New Mexico Wildways, or for more information on how you can help, please contact Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone, at jwjansens@gmail.com. Current core partners of New Mexico Wildways include Wildlands Network (http://www.wildlandsnetwork.org), NM Priority Wildlife Linkages (http://www.birdseyeviewgis.com), Pathways-Wildlife Corridors of NM (http://pathwayswc.wordpress.com/), The Wildlife Center (http://www.thewildlifecenter.org) and Wildlife Habitat of NM.