Keep It Connected is a program of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative. We are a partnership of 27 local, regional, and national land trusts working in five states and two provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Washington) across 315-million acres in the Central Rockies of North America. The single largest impediment to lasting conservation of the region’s wildlife connectivity is access to capital funds. Based on the best science available, Keep it Connected showcases the region’s most important private lands for wildlife connectivity that are ready to conserve now. The projects in this portfolio are mature, seeking capstone funding to be completed, and help private foundations and philanthropists easily sort through and identify the most critical, ready to protect, private lands that fit their values and mission. 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 27 land trusts in our 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, therefore increasing the pace of conservation. We seek to share the lessons learned to date with our colleagues who might be thinking about ambitious collective projects to respond to the ongoing biodiversity and climate crisis.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Marriott New Orleans