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Private lands are the essential pieces that bind the greater landscape together.

Private lands are the foundation of strong, rural communities. 

Private lands tend to be lower in elevation and higher in productivity, with the best soils and water, and to be near riparian habitats, with the highest biodiversity. These areas are often the “link” between blocks of habitat, such as national forest, wilderness or roadless areas.

Heart of the Rockies brings local wisdom, global perspective and the latest science together to conserve the most threatened private land

We work at a scale that conserves ecosystems, protects our agricultural heritage, and helps North America adapt to climate change. 

Our work is grounded in the knowledge and experience of our partners, the best available science, and a deep trust in collaboration as a tool to create effective conservation practices.

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river flowing through green trees

The Rocky Mountain west is changing rapidly.

Climate change is affecting every facet of our lands and waters, from ecology to policy.  The threat of residential subdivision in the west has never been greater. Time is not on our side.   


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