Wild Love Preserve was founded in 2010 by contemporary visual artist, Andrea Maki. Most said it would be impossible to bring stakeholders together. Some went as far as to try and shut her down. However, she is built of tenacity, and is insistent on truth and integrity, and wouldn't allow others to derail her efforts to establish a new collaborative platform in the name of saving the Challis wild horses on their home turf, and wild horses in the West.
“My interest is in engaging in discussions that lead to solutions through listening and mutual respect. This is an accountability project and a humanity project. Wild Love Preserve works with the Bureau of Land Management, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups and regional communities, offering a mutually viable solution to helicopter roundups and removals. My role over the years, has, in many ways, been that of a moderator. Since 2010, Wild Love Preserve has been fully engaged in collaborative population management, accountability and pro-active programs that involve all stakeholders and address the health and balance of the range and this unique indigenous ecosystem as an interconnected and balanced whole. While differing opinions are a given, mutual respect in negotiations and dealings are integral in establishing common ground. We do not implement tools of litigation, instead, we work face-to-face with all stakeholders, finding compromise between differing perspectives through fluid communications in real-time.” -Andrea Maki, Founder
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