Achieving landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment.
There is a powerful connection between people and the critical landscapes that nourish the Northwest’s ecosystems and communities. Our investments in this program serve the larger goal of engaging citizens and communicating their conservation interests to decision-makers.
Priorities for funding are grounded in the science of conservation biology, as well as the social and political sciences. These grants address the pressing challenge of maintaining the ecological viability of our regional landscapes.
Resting at the crossroads between the Rockies and the Cascades, connecting forested and shrub-steppe ecosystems. This fast-growing region is home to a diverse and active population with increasing influence on statewide policies.
A key north-south wildlife corridor stretching from the Canadian Central Rockies to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The landscape ranges from rolling prairies to steep mountain walls to wide glaciated valleys.
A rare east-west linkage zone between the Yellowstone and Salmon-Selway ecoregions, spanning low elevation wetlands and high alpine terrain. This region is tremendously important to the continued viability of many species and faces increasing pressures from irresponsible development.
By the time the foundation sunsets in 2020, we aim to see:
A U.S. District Court judge recently upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s 2016 Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan, which protects some of the wildest landscapes in the continental United States from a rising tide of motorized and mechanized backcountry use.Go »
The Idaho Conservation League won a Clean Water Act ruling against Atlanta Gold, proving it was illegally releasing Arsenic into the Boise River. The ruling marks the second time that the court has found Atlanta Gold guilty of illegal pollution at its mine. In a 2012 lawsuit, the court also ruled in favor of ICL finding that the mine had violated the Clean Water Act on 2,000 occasions, levying a penalty of $2 million.Go »
A federal court has ruled that operators at 8 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018. The judge found that current operation is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased spill indisputably provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating the heavily dammed Columbia-Snake River Basin. The Brainerd Foundation supports the work of Earthjustice on this issue.Go »
Place-based conservation grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Grants are awarded at one of three board meetings held each year. Proposals are accepted by invitation only.