Northwest Connections

Northwest Connections was founded in 1997 as a response to fragmentation of the Swan Valley and surrounding wildlands and to address the division between rural residents and the conservation community in western Montana. It engages in projects to help land managers and private land owners better understand, conserve and restore critical habitat and habitat connections in the Swan Valley and surrounding areas.

Northwest Connections has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2008.

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Kayaking Holland Lake in the Swan Valley of Montana. Photo courtesy of Dale Dufour, for Northwest Connections.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Bartlebaugh.

Northwest Connections Grant history

2015

$3,000 - To explore a possible merger with Swan Ecosystem Center. Opportunity fund

2012

$3,000 - To convene a skill-building training for community-based organizations to help with fundraising and communications. Opportunity fund

2010

$33,000 - To maintain and restore working landscapes in the Southwestern Crown of the Continent ecosystem in western Montana. Place-based conservation

2010

$2,000 - To provide formal testimony to the House committee on Natural Resources. Opportunity fund

2009

$25,000 - To assist efforts to conserve and restore Plum Creek lands in the Swan and Clearwater Valleys of Montana. Place-based conservation

2008

$25,000 - To assist efforts to conserve and restore Plum Creek lands in the Swan and Clearwater valleys of Montana. Place-based conservation

2008

$10,000 - To protect and restore habitat connections for rare species in the Northern Rockies. Grassroots fund