The High Divide Collaborative is an effective partnership of public land managers, state wildlife agencies, landowners, local community leaders, scientists, and conservation groups working together to conserve and restore lands of importance for local communities and to protect ecological integrity at the landscape scale. Our region of focus straddles the Continental Divide along the Idaho-Montana state line and is the center of connectivity between the Greater Yellowstone, Crown of the Continent and Central Idaho.

Our Shared Priorities

The Collaborative’s goals, objectives, and strategies are established by its participants. The High Divide landscape is a national treasure and our shared vision is to conserve:

  • ECOLOGICAL LINKAGE among core habitat areas to conserve wide-ranging fish and wildlife populations that are resilient to climate change
  • A CULTURAL LEGACY of traditional food sources, tribal treaty lands, and travel ways such as the Nez Perce, Continental Divide, and Lewis & Clark Trails

  • WORKING RANCHLANDS that are central to communities, economy and way of life

  • Nationally important dispersed RECREATION lands and waterways where people enjoy nature

  • CLEAN AND ABUNDANT WATER for headwaters fisheries, wildlife, healthy riparian communities, and human uses.

  • Intact, resilient SAGEBRUSH STEPPE ECOSYSTEMS that support sustainable ranching communities and are critical for many wildlife species, including the greater sage grouse

  • HEALTHY FOREST LANDS managed for sustained economic, social and ecological values

  • Open land in the WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE to protect life and property, reduce fire costs, and allow wildfire to play its natural role.

We achieve this vision by working with our many partners in the region to:

1) provide a working platform for all stakeholders to come together to build trust and develop collaborative goals and strategies,

2) to provide science–based and landscape-scaled ecological, cultural, and economic data to support decision-making,

3) capacity building to help local communities and organizations to implement strategies,

4) development of public and private capital funds to complete targeted conservation and restoration projects, and

5) outreach to tell the story of High Divide resources and community-based conservation solutions designed to ensure their lasting conservation.


The High Divide Collaborative is facilitated by the Heart of the Rockies Initiative.