National Parks Conservation Association Northern Rockies Regional Office

National Parks Conservation Association was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2001 to 2014.

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National Parks Conservation Association Grant history

2014

$30,000 - To protect the ecological integrity of the Transboundary Flathead River Valley and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Place-based conservation

2012

$70,000 - A two year grant to protect the ecological integrity of the Transboundary Flathead River Valley and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Place-based conservation

2012

$3,000 - To attend a week-long training session from the Center for Creative Leadership. Opportunity fund

2011

$30,000 - To protect the ecological integrity of the Transboundary Flathead River Valley and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Place-based conservation

2011

$2,610 - For core leadership training. Opportunity fund

2010

$30,000 - To protect the ecological integrity of the Transboundary Flathead River Valley and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Place-based conservation

2009

$2,500 - To have representation at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting regarding the World Heritage Site status of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Opportunity fund

2003

$35,000 - To launch a Healthy Park/Healthy Communities Project designed to broaden the base of support for conservation values within the Glacier Park/Waterton/Crown of the Continent region. Conservation capacity

2001

$20,000 - For seed funding to help establish the Greater Yellowstone Business Council, an organization of businesses in gateway communities around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Conservation capacity

National Parks Conservation Association Successes

Gold mining moratorium near Yellowstone National Park

Gold mining moratorium near Yellowstone National Park

The two-year pause on more than 30,000 acres of public land occurred through a proposed mineral withdrawal, which will provide longer-term protection (up to 20 years) if finalized. Although roll-backs of many of the Obama Administration’s conservation achievements are expected under the Trump administration, local advocates for the mineral withdrawal expect it to proceed because of its bi-partisan support and importance to the local economy. Brainerd grantees Earthjustice and National Parks Conservation Association worked hard on this issue.

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North Fork Watershed Protection Act signed into law

In December 2014, the North Fork Watershed Protection Act was approved by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Obama for his signature. The legislation designates 245,000 new acres of Wilderness and shields 430,000 acres along the North Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park in Montana from future mining and drilling. This legislation complements actions taken by the B.C. provincial government to protect lands in the Canadian portion of the Flathead River from energy development. Brainerd grantees supporting this legislation included Headwaters Montana, National Parks Conservation Association, and Trout Unlimited.

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Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act creates first new Wilderness in Montana in 31 years

In December 2014, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act passed Congress, adding 67,000 acres of new Wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, creating a 208,000-acre Conservation Management Area where current uses can continue, and directing federal agencies to prioritize noxious weed management on the Front. The Brainerd Foundation supported the work of Montana Wilderness Association, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Wilderness Society in this effort.

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