Future West

At Future West, we believe western communities can lead the way in demonstrating that growth and change, if done thoughtfully, can enhance communities, sustain robust economies, and conserve the natural environment. When we envision success, we see communities with a clear sense of place, where people are working together to achieve shared goals. We see strong leadership with skilled decision-makers committed to the well-being of their community. And we see a shift in the public conversation from contentious debate to mutual respect and civility. On the ground, these actions result in thriving economies and the careful stewardship of natural and cultural assets.

Future West was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2009 to 2014.

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Future West Photo gallery

Antelope migration. Photo courtesy of Joe Riis.

Fort Benton. Photo courtesy of Chris Boyer.

The Henrys Fork, in Idaho. Photo courtesy of Jack Ballard.

Future West project sites. Photo courtesy of Future West.

Future West Grant history

2014

$30,000 - To promote and facilitate community-based conservation in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2013

$30,000 - To promote and facilitate community-based conservation in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2012

$3,000 - To promote the adoption of land management practices that will create a resilient, high functioning riparian corridor offering critical support or environmental, economic and community activities. Opportunity fund

2012

$2,000 - To create a conservation cooperative where investors can purchase ecosystem services, and landowners can receive payment for maintaining natural landscapes. Opportunity fund

2011

$110,000 - A two-year grant to promote and facilitate community-based conservation in the Northern Rockies. Place-based conservation

2011

$3,000 - To fund an aerial photography mission that would capture flood impacts as they are occurring along the Big Hole River. Opportunity fund

2010

$74,000 - A two-year grant to support Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' efforts to apply a new information and planning tool to help inform land use decisions that advance local goals to protect fish, wildlife, and recreational resources. Place-based conservation

2010

$35,000 - To promote and facilitate a community-based approach to conservation in the Northern Rockies. Place-based conservation

2009

$50,000 - To promote and facilitate a community-based approach to conservation in the Northern Rockies. Place-based conservation