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High Divide Collaborative


Seeking an understanding of the watershed—how it functions and supports the communities dependent on it—and to build an agreement on watershed-related planning issues among stakeholders with diverse viewpoints.

The BHWC is dedicated to conservation of the Big Hole River and surrounding watershed. Their work is comprehensive, spanning floodplains, communities, wildlife, water, and fisheries. They provide education, facilitate conversations and planning for issues in our area, and put meaningful restoration work on the ground.

Striving to preserve traditional ranching as a way of life in the Centennial Valley, and to maintain quality open space, wildlife habitat, water quality, and wildlife migration corridors as they exist today for future generations.

CLLC strives to life on Earth by promoting ecological connectivity to support healthy wildlife habitats and safeguard nature’s resilience to climate change.

FVLT’s mission is to protect for future generations western Montana’s natural legacy – our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, and community open spaces. The Five Valleys they serve are the Bitterroot, the Blackfoot, the upper Clark Fork, the lower Clark Fork, and the Mission-Jocko.

Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a land trust partnership with a mission to ensure connected habitat and working lands for people and wildlife by increasing the pace of durable conservation in the Central Rockies of North America.

The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts supports and advances professional excellence in voluntary private land conservation for people and nature across the Gem State.

IWJV believes in forging productive, lasting relationships built on trust and respect with a diversity of partners, fostering innovations in our work, and producing tangible, on-the-ground results for habitat conservation across private and public lands in the West.

Lava Lake Lamb produces delicious grass-fed lamb, protects the land they use, and catalyzes conservation action in the Pioneer Mountain region. As a family of ranchers and environmentalists, their story is deeply intertwined with their commitment to restoring and preserving this land for its history, its beauty and its biological diversity.

LRLT is an organization dedicated to private lands conservation in central Idaho. Locally governed, founded and staffed, our organization protects working ranches, open spaces, and wildlife habitat. 

The Madison Valley Ranchlands Group (MVRG) works to protect the ranching way of life and the biologically healthy open spaces on which ranching depends.

The Montana Association of Land Trusts is comprised of 12 members whose focus is voluntary incentive-based conservation. The 12 MALT members provide diverse and broad value through projects and activities that generate open land conservation, outdoor recreation, and land trust community engagement.

MDT’s mission is to plan, build, operate, and maintain a safe and resilient transportation infrastructure to move Montana forward. Our MDT partners provide valuable perspective on connectivity issues across the state.

The Montana Land Reliance partners with private landowners to permanently protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space.

TNC strives to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

RMEF works to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Ruby Habitat Foundation makes every effort to balance wildlife and agriculture, while providing managed public access for both educational and recreational pursuits. They try to stand as an example of thoughtful land stewardship in the beautiful Ruby Valley of Southwest Montana.

TPL creates parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

The work of the Southwest Montana Sagebrush Partnership’s larger goal is to spark a shift in the system to make conservation more durable and sustainable into the future. By connecting many individuals from within their growing communities directly to natural resource management, the Partnership will help sustain disappearing working lands and foster broader support of stewardship.

 The Compact of the Upper Snake River Tribes will work to ensure the protection, enhancement, and restoration of natural and cultural resources, activities, and rights of the Compacting Tribes that are reserved by Treaties and Executive Orders, protected by federal laws and agreements, or are the subject of aboriginal claims asserted by the Tribes.

The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 112 million acres of wilderness in 44 states and has been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory. Their mission is to unite people to protect America’s wild places. 

Our Ecology, Geology, and Environmental Science partners at UMW are researching and engaging in important conservation work throughout the High Divide region. 

NPCA works on protecting and enhancing America’s National Park System for present and future generations through collaboration, advocacy, and education.

WRC works with agricultural landowners on conservation, restoration, and stewardship projects that improves the quality of life and the natural resources in Montana’s Upper Clark Fork watershed. They are committed to protecting the heritage and open space of the Upper Clark Fork while also restoring water quality, fisheries, and wildlife.

The Montana Forest Collaboration Network (MFCN) is primarily a volunteer consensus-based collaborative group, formed in August 2016 to assist collaborative groups across Montana in forest and grassland restoration, conservation, and resource utilization for the benefit of all.

Future West is an NGO committed to protecting the social and ecological communities of the Northern Rockies. Ours is a “town and country” approach. We work to make our communities livable and compact while sustaining the working lands that surround them. Our mission is to protect the unparalleled ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies through genuine coexistence between people and their environment.

Idaho Conservation Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. 

Teton Regional Land Trust’s mission is to conserve working farms and ranches, fish and wildlife habitat, and scenic open spaces in Eastern Idaho for this and future generations.

People and Carnivores protects, connects, and restores wolf, mountain lion, grizzly and black bear populations by working with the region’s people to prevent human-carnivore conflicts.

The Conservation Fund, working with public, private and nonprofit partners, protects America’s legacy of land and water resources through land acquisition, sustainable community and economic development, and leadership training, emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals.

The Big Hole River Foundation is a science-based organization that works to protect the Big Hole River watershed through water quality monitoring, education outreach, and advocacy on behalf of its unique culture, fisheries, and wildlife.

Wild Montana protects wild places, confronts climate change, enhances public land access, and helps communities thrive.

Trout Unlimited works to bring together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon.

The Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Tri-County Firesafe Working Group’s (TCFSWG) mission is to engage property owners on how to co-exist with and survive wildfire. Our programs and activities are designed to help property owners reduce their fire risks and to live more safely in a wildfire environment

The Madison Conservation District was established in 1946 to encourage practices by farmers and ranchers that conserve our soil and water. Today, the Madison Conservation District still maintains this focus, by working with diverse properties on stewardship activities to ensure healthy and productive landscapes.

Since 1996, the Bitter Root Land Trust has been working closely with landowners, farming and ranching families, partner organizations, local businesses, and community members to protect the extraordinary rural landscape and open lands that make this region of western Montana so special.

One Montana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Bozeman, Montana, dedicated to moving Montana forward and ensuring a positive future for both rural and urban communities—helping them work together toward success.

The Challenge coordinates efforts to conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot watershed for present and future generations.

They bring people together, facilitate respectful conversations and the exchange of information, keep the focus on shared values, and build trust.