WiLDCOAST is headquartered in Imperial Beach and Ensenada and we have fulltime staff on the East Cape of Los Cabos and Southern Oaxaca.Our main projects right now are focused on:the restoration and protection of urban wetland ecosystems in South San Diego County, namely the Tijuana River Valley and the Otay River Valley and the promotion of these areas as sustainable recreation and education resources; as well as efforts to improve ocean water quality in the border region;Outreach and education regarding the newly implemented Marine Protected Areas;Coastal ecosystem conservation on the Baja California Peninsula and in Oaxaca;WiLDCOAST community conservation capacity building activities – one example are our community-based chapters in Punta AbreojosAnd several wildlife conservation projects including reintroducing the California Condor to the San Pedro Martir Mountains in Baja California and shark and sea turtle conservation campaigns.
WiLDCOAST intro My name is Zach Plopper – I am theWildlands Conservation Program Manager for WiLDCOAST. Today I am going to introduce you to the organization and some of our programs and talk about our developing projects in Oaxaca and how you can get involved. We are a 501 c 3 international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. We have an annual operating budget of $1.5 million and a staff of 20 that works on both sides of the US Mexico border. We have programs in the US and in Mexico to restore and protect important ecosystems and wildlife and work with communities to become better stewards of their natural environmentEcosystem or wildlife conservation and community capacity building are inextricably linked in the comprehensive conservation of the natural environment and our programs emphasize the importance of this combined effort