Heart of the Rockies Initiative (HOTR) is a partnership of land trusts across the Rocky Mountain West. Over the years, HOTR has come to appreciate the inextricable link between the health of the communities that dot the landscape and successful land stewardship. The conservation movement has raised a similar awareness of the need to denounce the myth of a landscape unoccupied or void of human occupation and influence. In order to embrace the interconnectedness between people and the landscape, in 2019, HOTR set out to evaluate what added value conservation organizations, and land trusts in particular, could offer local communities looking the sustain or grow their community infrastructure and transition their local economies. The HOTR Program has assisted local leaders in accessing state, federal, and private funding, to carry out community planning and infrastructure projects relating to outdoor recreation, community health and safety, revitalization, and food security. HOTR has observed that frontier communities often lack the capacity to make their community visions a reality and that there is a host of ways land trusts can be a trusted partner in community economic development.