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:
- Long-time Five Valleys Land Trust Director leaves a legacy
- Another great Blackfoot Valley project with Five Valleys Land Trust
- Five Valleys Land Trust works with family on the Jocko River
- Alta, Wyoming, gets new public forest access
- Family works with The Conservation Fund & BLM on public access for Idaho’s Blackfoot River with Land & Water Conservation Fund support
- RMEF and Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF work with Holland Family to complete first High Divide Collaborative project
- Montana Senators help celebrate Haskill Basin project in Whitefish
- North Idaho family partners with TNC and the Forest Legacy Program on new easement
- Five Valleys Land Trust and TNC working on more public access for Missoula community
- Conservation easement in the Bitterroot helps tranfer ag land to the next generation
- Wyoming Stockgrowers work with Close Family on Sublette County easement
- Vital Ground secures conservation easement for recreational gem Alvord Lake
- Ravalli Open Lands Bond Program celebrates 10 years in 2016
- Video: Life on the Range profiles historic Tyler easement in the Lemhi
- Guest Opinion: Landowners urge re-authorization of LWCF
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 Bitter Root Land Trust in Hamilton, Montana, is hiring a Development Director. See the full description HERE.