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HELP CONSERVE PRIVATE LANDS CRITICAL TO WILDLIFE CONNECTIVITY

OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON THIS

HELP CONSERVE PRIVATE LANDS CRITICAL TO WILDLIFE CONNECTIVITY

Keep It Connected

Conserving Habitat Critical to North America’s Wildlife

The Rocky Mountain West is a geography of hope and opportunity. Today, we have enough wide-open spaces to support iconic wildlife, agricultural economies, and free-flowing rivers. Yet, we are experiencing extraordinary economic and demographic pressure that will forever change the landscape and how it supports our economies and communities. When we conserve wildlife habitat and the open space they need to move, we also conserve the ecosystems that are the foundation of our economies and well-being.

Keep It Connected showcases the region’s most important private lands for wildlife connectivity that are ready to conserve now. Our portfolio of active projects helps private foundations and philanthropists easily identify the most critical, ready to protect, private lands that fit their values and mission.

A growing number of landowners are looking for conservation options for their land. In some regions, land trusts have seen landowner interest double or triple over the past few years. Keep It Connected helps land trusts respond to the growing demand of landowners seeking tools to retain the agricultural, wildlife, and open space values of their land, with a particular focus on lands that contribute to sustaining wildlife connectivity.

Our secure, searchable portfolio highlights one active project from each of the 26 land trusts in the Heart of the Rockies Initiative network. It is designed to find the funding necessary to move each project to completion and bring the next project waiting in the wings into the spotlight.

We see a rare and fleeting opportunity to make a lasting impact, but we cannot succeed alone. Let’s connect.

What Your Investment Protects:

What’s at stake?

The Heart of the Rockies region is losing roughly
115 acres per day to development.

We are seeking increased investment by private foundations, individual philanthropists, and public funders who value the region’s iconic wildlife and recognize this rare opportunity to keep wildlife habitat connected.

Land trusts excel at aligning funder, private landowner, and conservation priorities.

Glenn Marx, Montana Association of Land Trusts

We invested in Keep It Connected because we believe there is no better model to hold the big picture vision of a vast, connected landscape while also being committed to working collaboratively at the local level.

Tim Stevens, The Kendeda Fund

We commend the tangible solutions represented by Keep It Connected. The goal is ambitious, but within reach if we work together. We cannot afford to hesitate. Now is the time to make a lasting difference by supporting Keeping It Connected.

Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation

Photo credits: Sandhill crane banner photo by Kevin League. Elk herd banner photo by Tony Bynum. Working lands range rider photo by Louise Johns. Pronghorn antelope mother and newborn photo by Mark Gocke. Sage grouse and mule deer photos by Tony Bynum. Father and son photo by Ilona McCarty.