We are a land trust partnership working together to conserve clean water, iconic Western landscapes and the communities that depend on them.
The Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a land trust partnership that works to conserve both continentally significant ecological values at the landscape scale and community values that are prized locally. This partnership provides strategic vision, the latest science, and international cooperation to the strong collaborative work being done by 23 land trusts, protecting critical habitats and private ranch, farm and timberlands in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta.
We achieve our “all-lands” vision by providing a collaborative structure that brings both public land and private land stakeholders together to deliver science-based conservation planning and to collaboratively build conservation capacity and capital funding.
NewsCheck out some of the latest news from our partners:
- Over a mile of the South Fork of the Palouse River permanently protected
- 5,000 acres of ranchland and salmon habitat conserved in the Lemhi Valley
- Bitter Root Land Trust and Lazy J Cross Ranch complete largest, most complicated project in Ravalli County
- Montana celebrates Open Land Month in July
- Brian Bean and Jim Owens join the Board of Directors
- Mourning the loss of Luke Lynch – a friend, a colleague, and a conservation leader
- Vital Ground Foundation announces new Executive Director
- Prickly Pear Land Trust announces new Executive Director
- Whitfield and Beyeler interviewed about Land & Water Conservation Funds for radio piece by Public News Service
- Bitter Root Land Trust celebrates with new City Park dedication in Hamilton, MT
- Great new video by Flathead Land Trust: Stories From the Land
The High Divide sits in a continentally significant place, housing headwaters
for the great Missouri and Columbia watersheds that flow to opposite oceans. It is a stronghold for wildlife that have disappeared from much of their historic range and is the centerpiece for connectivity between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Crown of the Continent, and the great wilderness of Central Idaho.
Heart of the Rockies coordinates the High Divide Collaborative, a partnership of public land managers, state wildlife agencies, landowners, local community leaders, scientists and conservation groups delivering a broad conservation vision for the region that includes the conservation and restoration of public and private lands. The group is currently focused in the southern region of the High Divide, on the connectivity between Yellowstone National Park and the Central Idaho Wilderness.
To learn more about the group and their latest efforts to secure Land and Water Conservation Funds, click HERE.
The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas is delivering the latest science in climate change adaptation and habitat connectivity to our land trust partners to help identify and validate selection of future conservation targets. Our Science Coordinator is curating a collection of connectivity and climate data at a scale that is useful to on-the-ground practitioners. He is working with university and agency partners to identify, screen, and procure the data.
This Atlas has a collection of spatial data specific to the conservation planning needs of our land trust partners. It is grouped into themed galleries: Connectivity, Habitat, Climate Change, Working Lands, and Planning. Thousands of additional datasets are also available to users through this platform.
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