The Rocky Mountain West is a geography of hope and opportunity. Today, we have enough wide-open spaces to support iconic wildlife, agricultural economies, and free-flowing rivers. Yet, we are experiencing extraordinary economic and demographic pressure that will forever change the landscape and how it supports our economies and communities. Private land conservation is crucial for maintaining open space in those important places for agricultural production, wildlife habitat, and water availability.
Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a land trust partnership at its core and works on several levels to support land trusts and private land conservation with willing landowners. We work with funders to bring new funding into the landscape to support land trust operations and conservation projects, making conservation dollars go farther by leveraging this with regional, state, and federal matches. We work on policies that support landowners and land trust work. We network and support each other through learning and mentorship. We help bring the latest science so land trust can make strategic decisions about where to invest their limited time and resources.