Photo by Terry R. Thomas

Land & Water Conservation Fund – Updates on our proposals

Fiscal Year 2016

With the approval of the FY2016 Budget in December 2015, we learned that the High Divide Collaborative Landscape will receive nearly $16 million in FY 2016 for 18 projects that conserve some 8,250 acres through a combination of conservation easements and fee title acquisition.

Projects are located throughout the High Divide LWCF Project Area, including the Beaverhead/DeerLodge, Caribou/Targhee, Frank Church, Sawtooth, Upper Salmon, Sands/Teton River, Thousand Springs, Craters/Pioneers, Centennial Valley, Camas, and Big Hole.


Fiscal Year 2017

In August 2015, the High Divide Collaborative Landscape submitted a proposal for FY 2017 for $32.6 million to conserve 25,000 acres across the project area. ┬áThe President’s proposed budget that was released Feb.9, 2016, calls for full funding for LWCF and ranks High Divide project very high. With those rankings, it is likely the landscape will receive some $14 million if Congress funds LWCF at the same level it did for 2016.

LWCF Project Area

This map depicts the portion of the High Divide that is the project area for the LWCF efforts (in purple).