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:
The Jumbo Valley in the Purcell Mountains of southeast British Columbia. via Wildsight
The Ktunaxa Nation Council has received approval from Environment and Climate Change Canada for funding to develop an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area more than 2-1/2 times the size of New York City in the Qat'muk area of the central Purcell Mountain range, including the Jumbo Valley, one of North America's most important wildlife corridors.Go »
In the Yukon, the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan was signed by all parties. New protections will now affect an area more than six times the size of Yellowstone National Park, in all, about 17% of the Yukon Territory. The Yukon Government and the Peel First Nations will implement the land use plan together.Go »
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 »
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.