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 22 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 Heart of the Rockies and our partners:
- Spring 2019 Newsletter
- Heart of the Rockies Initiative Newsletter December 2018
- Former ED Michael Whitfield honored with National Conservation Leadership Award
- TNC works with ranching family in the High Divide to conserve thousands of acres using Montana’s new Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Program
- “Legacy of the Land” tells the story of ag-land conservation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust
- Trust for Public works with partners to complete Whitefish Lake Watershed Project
- Check it out: “On the Shoulders of Giants” film about Montana private land conservation released
- President signs bill naming Alex Diekmann Peak
- Five Valleys Land Trust teams up with ranch family in Potomac
- Jackson Hole Land Trust celebrates 2017 accomplishments
- Heart of the Rockies’ new executive director announced: Gary Burnett starts Nov. 27
- Five Valleys Land Trust works with families in Flint Creek Valley thru ALE program
- Gallatin Valley coalition moves forward on citizen petition for open lands bond
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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.
The Heart of the Rockies Initiative is hiring a part-time Rural Development Coordinator. This position seeks to support rural development in western Montana and its communities that are facing changes in land use, wildlife populations, weather, and economic stability. The creation of this position is a deliberate effort to acknowledge that economic and social issues are often at the heart of rural community concerns. More information is available HERE.