High Divide Collaborative

The High Divide Collaborative is an effective partnership of public land managers, state wildlife agencies, landowners, local community leaders, scientists and conservation groups working together to conserve and restore lands of importance for local communities and to protect ecological integrity at the landscape scale. Our region of focus straddles the Continental Divide along the Idaho-Montana state line and is the center of connectivity between the Greater Yellowstone, Crown of the Continent and Central Idaho.  The Collaborative is facilitated by the Heart of the Rockies Initiative.

Our Shared Priorities

The Collaborative’s goals, objectives and strategies are established by its partners. The High Divide landscape is a national treasure and our shared vision is to conserve:

  • Working family RANCHLANDS central to the region’s economy, communities and way of life.
  • Continental-scale CONNECTIVITY between large protected core areas for wide-ranging wildlife like pronghorn, elk, moose, lynx, wolverine and grizzly bear .
  • Nationally important wild RECREATION lands and waterways.
  • HEADWATERS for world-class fisheries, including steelhead, salmon, grayling, bull trout, and cutthroat trout. These are THE headwaters for the Missouri and Columbia. Conservation here has immeasurable downstream benefits including fisheries, irrigation and recreation.
  • A legacy of NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAILS: Nez Perce, Continental Divide, Lewis & Clark.
  • Expansive crucial core and migratory SAGE GROUSE habitat
  • A heritage of PUBLIC ACCESS to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreation.
  • Habitat in the outskirts of towns, called the WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE, to limit wildfire risks, fire management costs and to maintain forest management options.


We achieve this vision by working with our many partners in the region to:

1) provide a working platform for all stakeholders to come together to build trust and develop collaborative goals and strategies,

2) to provide science–based and landscape scaled ecological, cultural, and economic data to support conservation planning,

3) capacity building to help local communities and organizations to implement conservation strategies,

4) development of public and private capital funds to complete targeted conservation and restoration projects, and

5) outreach to tell the story of High Divide resources and community-based conservation solutions designed to ensure their lasting conservation.

Check out the Collaborative’s website at www.highdivide.org