Heart of the Rockies Initiative

The Heart of the Rockies Initiative formed in 2002 to increase the pace of strategic private land conservation in the central Rockies of the U.S. and Canada, a region of internationally recognized ecological significance. We are a collaboration of 24 national, statewide and local land trusts that work along the Continental Divide in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia. Individually, our partners do great work. Together, we add collaborative big picture strategy to build capacity and capital, access more sophisticated science, and cooperate internationally to better and more efficiently secure the lands of greatest importance.

Heart of the Rockies Initiative has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2008.

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Heart of the Rockies Initiative Photo gallery

Montana's Madison Range. Photo courtesy of Trust for Public Land.

Representatives from land trusts and conservancies convene in the Paradise Valley. Photo courtesy of the Heart of the Rockies Intiative.

The Walton Ranch. Photo courtesy of Mack Mendenhall, courtesy of Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Heart of the Rockies Initiative Grant history

2017

$35,000 - To build capacity and expand efforts to conserve high conservation value private lands in the High Divide and the South Crown of the Rockies. Place-based conservation

2016

$5,000 - To engage stakeholders in an active expression of their conservation vision for the High Divide. Conservation capacity

2015

$90,000 - A two-year grant to build capacity and expand action to conserve private lands of high conservation value in the High Divide of Montana and Idaho. Place-based conservation

2013

$3,000 - To coordinate a collaborative effort to increase conservation opportunities in the High Divide. Opportunity fund

2013

$235,000 - To build capacity and expand action to conserve private lands of high conservation value in the High Divide of Montana and Idaho. Place-based conservation

2012

$115,000 - To build capacity and expand action to conserve private lands of high conservation value in the High Divide of Montana and Idaho. Place-based conservation

2011

$45,000 - To increase the pace of conservation of private lands of high ecological significance in the High Divide and the Crown of the Continent ecoregions of Montana, Idaho, and southern British Columbia. Place-based conservation

2010

$30,000 - To increase the pace of conservation of private lands of high ecological significance in the High Divide and the Crown of the Continent ecoregions of Montana, Idaho, and southern British Columbia. Place-based conservation

2009

$35,000 - To increase the pace of conservation of private lands of high ecological significance in the High Divide region in Montana and Idaho and to provide leadership training to land trust grantees in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2008

$40,000 - To create a comprehensive conservation plan to guide voluntary land conservation in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

Heart of the Rockies Initiative Successes

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

A recent article in Western Confluence magazine shines the spotlight on several Brainerd grantees, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Ruby Valley Conservation District, Headwaters Economics, the Blackfoot Challenge, and People and Carnivores. The author offers an excellent analysis of the absolute necessity of factoring in working lands in wildlife conservation and demonstrates the solutions-based work of ranchers in the High Divide, one of the Brainerd Foundation's place-based focus areas.

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