Resource Directory: Landscape Initiatives

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Alberta Land Trust Alliance

State/Province: Alberta
Description: Represents the land trust community and builds capacity in land trusts to conserve diverse and ecologically important landscapes in Alberta.
Affiliation: 12 land trusts
Contact: 780-644-7384, info@landtrusts-alberta.ca


Assessing the Vulnerability of Species and Ecosystems to Projected Future Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest 

State/Province: Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Description: Study examines how predictions in climate change will affect species distributions and vegetation in the Pacific Northwest. Natural resource professionals will use results in management planning.
Affiliation: US Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Idaho Fish and Game, University of Washington, University of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy
Contact: Sarah Shafer, 541-750-0946, sshafer@usgs.gov


Blackfoot Challenge 

State/Province: Montana
Description: Community effort to conserve natural resources and working rural lifestyles in the 1.5-million acre Blackfoot River watershed of western Montana.
Affiliation: Private landowners; federal, state, and local agencies; corporations; foundations; nonprofits
Contact: 406-793-3900 


Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project

State/Province: Montana
Description: Community project in western Montana proposing to restore and protect the integrity of the landscape and stimulate and diversify the rural economies through stewardship contracting, biomass development, and wilderness designation.
Affiliation: Blackfoot and Seeley Swan watershed communities
Contact: See website


Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative

State/Province: Montana, Alberta, British Columbia
Description: This collaborative effort provides a context for coordinated conservation activities that will enable the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem to fulfill its role as a refuge for biodiversity during a time of accelerated climate change. The conservation agenda includes four strategies: climate science, communications, capacity building, and policy.
Affiliation: National Parks Conservation Association, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Heart of the Rockies Initiative, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Wildsight, Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Flathead Biological Station, National Wildlife Federation, American Wildlands, Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana
Contact: Stephen Legault, Initiative Coordinator, 403-609-2666, stephen@y2y.net; Wendy Francis, Initiative Chairperson, 403-763-8633, wendy@y2y.net


Crown Managers Partnership 

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia, Montana
Description: Collaborative effort by Canadian and United States resource managers to maintain the ecological integrity of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Affiliation: Federal, provincial, and state agencies, local governments, First Nations/Tribes
Contact: Sasha Harriott, cmp@crownmanagers.org


East Kootenay Conservation Program 

State/Province: British Columbia
Description: Coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land in the East Kootenay, and generate the support and resources needed to maintain this effort.
Affiliation: 50 partners include conservation and agricultural organizations, businesses, education, First Nations, government agencies
Contact: Wayne Stetski, Manager, 250-581-1122, info@ekcp.ca


Ecoregional Assessments for the Pacific Northwest 

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington
Description: Collaborative effort to develop conservation planning assessments (reports, maps, and geographic data) for nine coast, mountain, grassland and plateau ecoregions across the Pacific Northwest.
Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, government agencies, organizations, tribes, universities, museums
Contact: See website 


Flathead Basin Commission 

State/Province: Montana, British Columbia
Description: Non-regulatory organization created by the Montana legislature to chart a course that protects the aquatic resources of the Flathead Basin without impeding sustainable economic development.
Affiliation: 23 members representing the public, government agencies, tribes
Contact: 406-752-0081, info@flatheadbasin.org 


Flathead Wild 

State/Province: British Columbia
Description: Coalition proposal for designation of a National Park Reserve Wilderness Area for British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley (area proximal to Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park and the United State's Glacier National Park) and a Wildlife Management Area that would connect habitat through the Flathead, Wigwam, Elk and Bull River valleys.
Affiliation: Wildsight, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club BC, Yellowstone to Yukon, Headwaters Montana, National Parks and Conservation Association
Contact: info@flathead.ca


Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee 

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Description: Coordinated effort to address natural resource issues within the Greater Yellowstone area.
Affiliation: Managers of National Fish and Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, National Parks
Contact: Virginia Kelly, Executive Coordinator, 406-587-6704, vkelly@fs.fed.us


Heart of the Rockies Initiative 

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia
Description: Partnership of land trusts working to increase the pace of strategic private land conservation along the Continental Divide in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, to ensure the long-term ecological functionality of these vast landscapes.
Affiliation: 25 local, regional, and national land trusts
Contact: Michael Whitfield, Coordinator, 208-354-2075, hotrmike@silverstar.com


High-Elevation Monitoring and Climate Change Response Program 

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: Developing multi-year strategies for long-term monitoring of ecological response to climate change relevant to park management and protection.
Affiliation: National Park Service
Contact: Bruce Bingham, 303-249-9738, bruce_bingham@nps.gov


Integrated Restoration and Protection Strategy

State/Province: Idaho, Montana
Description: Provides extensive resource information to assist local units to develop and prioritize integrated projects addressing land and water restoration, community protection plans, and sustainable and desirable conditions for forests and grasslands.
Affiliation: Forest Service-Northern Region (R1)
Contact: Northern Region office, 406-329-3511 


Land Trust Alliance

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: National organization supports land trusts across America working on voluntary private land conservation.
Affiliation: Convenes and represents 1,700 land trusts
Contact: Wendy Ninteman, Western Director, 406-549-2750, wninteman@lta.org


Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

State/Province: British Columbia
Description: Supports land trusts and conservancies in promoting stewardship and conservation of natural and cultural heritage in British Columbia.
Affiliation: 27 land trusts and 23 affiliated organizations
Contact: 250-477-4766, info@landtrustalliance.bc.ca


Middle Rockies Rapid Ecoregional Assessment

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Description: A geospatial landscape evaluation designed to identify and understand ecological conditions and trends, natural and human influences, and opportunities for resource conservation, restoration, and development.
Affiliation: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: David Wood, Conservation Biologist, 406-896-5246, david_wood@blm.gov


Montana Association of Land Trusts

State/Province: Montana
Description: Provides coordination support to Montana land trusts that are working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements.
Affiliation: 12 land trusts
Contact: 406-490-1659, montanamalt@q.com


Montana Crucial Areas Assessment and Planning System (CAPS)

State/Province: Montana Description: Web-based mapping service that incorporates wildlife connectivity GIS layers for conservation and development planning.
Affiliation: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Contact: Janet Hess-Herbert, 406-444-7722, jhessherbert@mt.gov


Montana Legacy Project

State/Province: Montana
Description: Project involves the purchase of over 300,000 acres of corporate timberlands in western Montana and the transfer of these lands to public and private groups for conservation, sustaining rural livelihoods, and recreation.
Affiliation: The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, federal and state government agencies, foundations, private landowners
Contact: The Nature Conservancy, 406-443-0303


Mt. Adams Resource Stewards

State/Province: Washington
Description: A community-based effort to protect working landscapes, restore public lands and revitalize rural communities in portions of three counties in Washington’s southern Cascades.
Affiliation: Federal, state and local agencies, private landowners, area businesses, conservation community, foundations/non-profits
Contact: Jay McLaughlin, Executive Director, 509-364-4110


Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Description: Develops and maintains a regional power plan and a fish and wildlife program to balance Northwest's environment and energy needs.
Affiliation: Governor appointed members
Contact: Public Affairs Division, 800-452-8161, info@nwcouncil.org


Oregon Land Trusts

State/Province: Oregon
Description: See website list of local and statewide land trusts operating in Oregon
Affiliation: none
Contact: See website


Pacific Northwest Climate Change Collaboration (C3)

State/Province: Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Description: Regional forum designed to integrate federal agency efforts in addressing climate change in the Pacific Northwest and to complement the framework of the multi-agency US Global Change Research Program.
Affiliation: Climate change staff of federal agencies in the Pacific Northwest
Contact: See website


Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

State/Province: Montana
Description: Proposal for new federally designated wilderness and conservation management areas along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.
Affiliation: Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front (outfitters, anglers, hunters, ranchers, businesses, conservationists
Contact: 406-466-2600


Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia, Montana
Description: Through workshops, forums, policy dialogues, and conferences, the Roundtable provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, build relationships, and explore opportunities to work together -- to sustain the natural and cultural heritage of this remarkable landscape.
Affiliation: Individuals from nonprofit groups, businesses, government agencies, universities, tribes, the public
Contact: Shawn Johnson, Project Director, shawn@cnrep.org


Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Description: Promote balanced conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the West by developing policy solutions through collaborative, place-based work that recognizes the inextricable link between the long-term health of the land and the well-being of rural communities.
Affiliation: 70 western and national non-profit, public, and private organizations including rural community advocates, environmentalists, business owners, federal and state land managers, researchers
Contact: 503-221-6911, info@sustainablenorthwest.org


Selway-Middle Fork Clearwater Rivers Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

State/Province: Idaho
Description: With funding from the USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, the project’s restoration strategy is designed to restore and maintain ecological conditions within the 1.4 million acre ecosystem located in north-central Idaho.
Affiliation: Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests, and the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (individuals representing business, conservation, government, and tribal interests)
Contact: Michael Ward (Nez Perce NF), Project Coordinator, 208-926-6413, michaelward@fs.fed.us


Southwestern Crown Collaborative

State/Province: Montana
Description: With funding from the USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, the Collaborative is developing a landscape restoration strategy that will ensure ecosystem services and economic and social benefits within 1.5 million acres of the Blackfoot, Clearwater, and Swan watersheds in western Montana.
Affiliation: Federal and state agencies, conservation and community groups, businesses, universities
Contact: Debbie Austin, dlaustin@fs.fed.us; Scott Brennan, scott_brennan@tws.org


Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: States are required by the 2008 Farm Bill to complete (by June 2010) an analysis of conditions and delineate priority areas for all forested landscapes within the states, and provide a long-term strategy that leverages investments and increases collaboration.
Affiliation: Idaho Department of State Lands, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Wyoming State Forestry Division
Contact: See website for information by state


Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative

State/Province: Washington
Description: With funding from the USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, the Collaborative's restoration strategy aims to enhance the resilience and sustainability of forests within a 920,000-acre landscape east of the Cascade Mountains.
Affiliation: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Yakama Nation, The Nature Conservancy, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: George Shelton, Interim Tapash Manager, 509-899-0322, info@tapash.org


Washington Association of Land Trusts

State/Province: Washington
Description: Partnership of land trusts working to conserve private land and water resources across Washington.
Affiliation: 24 land trusts and conservancies
Contact: Heidi Eisenhour, Coordinator, 360-643-1308, walandtrusts@gmail.com


Washington Biodiversity Project

State/Province: Washington
Description: Project implements a strategy that enables the state and its citizens to sustainably protect its biodiversity heritage.
Affiliation: Public-private partnership
Contact: 360-902-3000, info@biodiversity.wa.gov


Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group

State/Province: Washington
Description: Science-based collaboration developing informational analyses that identify opportunities and priorities to provide habitat connectivity in Washington and surrounding habitats.
Affiliation: Government agencies, organizations, tribes, universities
Contact: Kelly McAllister, 360-705-7426, mcallke@wsdot.wa.gov


Western Governors' Association Corridors and Crucial Habitat Initiative: Development of Crucial Wildlife Habitats and Integrated Decision Support System for the Arid Lands of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Pilot

State/Province: Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Description: Project advances Decision Support System capability for wildlife and habitat management of shrub-steppe and high desert within the Columbia Plateau ecoregion of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Affiliation: Idaho Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Gregg Servheen, 208-287-2713, gregg.servheen@idfg.idaho.gov; Holly Michael, 503-947-6072, holly.b.michael@state.or.us; John Pierce, 360-902-2511, john.pierce@dfw.wa.gov


Western Governors' Association Corridors and Crucial Habitat Initiative: Idaho-Montana Divide Pilot

State/Province: Idaho, Montana
Description: Project advances Decision Support System capability for wildlife and habitat management of shrub-steppe, high desert, and coniferous forest ecosystems along the Idaho-Montana Divide.
Affiliation: Idaho Fish and Game; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Contact: Gregg Servheen, 208-287-2713, gregg.servheen@idfg.idaho.gov; Janet Hess-Herbert, 406-444-7722, jhessherbert@mt.gov


Western Governors' Association Corridors and Crucial Habitat Initiative: Wyoming Interagency Spatial Database and Online Management Tools for Wildlife Pilot

State/Province: Wyoming
Description: Project advances Decision Support System capability for wildlife and habitat management in Wyoming.
Affiliation: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center
Contact: Kirk Nordyke, 307-777-4595, kirk.nordyke@wgf.state.wy.us


Westwide Climate Initiative - Toolkit Project

State/Province: Washington, Wyoming
Description: Projects on three national forests in Washington, Wyoming, and California assess climates at scales relevant to national forest management, develop tools to quantify effects of climate change on natural resources, and promote new strategies for national forest planning and management.
Affiliation: US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Contact: See website


Wyoming Land Trusts

State/Province: Wyoming
Description: See website for list of local and statewide land trusts operating in Wyoming
Affiliation: none
Contact: See website


Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

State/Province: Wyoming
Description: Multi-partner effort conducts science-based management to ensure long-term viability of aquatic and terrestrial habitats and responsible energy development in southwest Wyoming.
Affiliation: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Southwest Wyoming Conservation Districts, Southwest Wyoming County Commissions, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation
Contact: BLM High Desert District Office, 307-352-0256, WLCI_WYMail@blm.gov


Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: Promotes conservation and collaboration to retain connectivity of wildlife habitat to facilitate climate adaptation from the Yellowstone region to the Yukon.
Affiliation: Network of more than 135 organizations, institutions, foundations, and citizens
Contact: Wendy Francis, Program Director, 403-763-8633, wendy@y2y.net


100th Meridian Initiative

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, British Columbia
Description: Collaborative effort to prevent the westward spread of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America.
Affiliation: Local, state, provincial, and federal government agencies, organizations
Contact: See website


 

SPECIES AND SPECIFIC HABITAT

Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum

State/Province: Alberta
Description: A voluntary association of Alberta organizations and individuals whose interests or jurisdictions relate to prairie and parkland landscapes. It exists to encourage effective implementation of the Prairie Conservation Action Plan and to provide an ongoing profile for prairie and parkland conservation initiatives. Its key functions include: providing a forum for networking and information exchange, steering implementation of the PCAP, and promoting public awareness and education.
Affiliation: 50 organizations representing: agricultural groups, conservation groups, land and resource management organizations, federal and provincial agencies, local/regional authorities and service agencies, industry, academia.
Contact: Coordinator, info@albertapcf.org


Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia
Description: Facilitate bird conservation and sustainable resource use across the Canadian Intermountain.
Affiliation: Federal and provincial government agencies, First Nations, conservation organizations, universities, industry, landowners
Contact: jointventure@ec.gc.ca


Columbia Basin Federal Caucus

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Description: Responsible for federal fish recovery and water quality efforts and coordinating federal trust and treaty responsibilities in the Columbia River Basin.
Affiliation: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Contact: Eric T (Rick) Mogren, Caucus Program Coordinator, 503-872-2793, rick.mogren@noaa.gov


Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia

State/Province: British Columbia
Description: Promote stewardship and sustainable management of grassland ecosystems and conservation of species at risk in British Columbia.
Affiliation: Alliance organizations, citizens, government agencies, First Nations, industry
Contact: 250-374-5787, gcc@bcgrasslands.org


Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Initiative

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: National initiative designed to conserve sage grouse and sustain working ranches in 11 western states.
Affiliation: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Contact: See website for state contacts


Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Initiative

State/Province: Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Description: Partnership to restore Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Hells Canyon area of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and to focus research applicable to bighorn sheep restoration and management in the western United States and Canada.
Affiliation: Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wild Sheep Foundation, Nez Perce Tribe
Contact: Frances Cassirer, Project Coordinator, 208-799-5010, frances.cassirer@idfg.idaho.gov


Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia
Description: Interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research to ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat.
Affiliation: US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Canadian Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Idaho Fish and Game, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Contact: Dave Brittell, Chair, dave.brittell@dfw.wa.gov


Intermountain West Joint Venture

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: Facilitate bird conservation across the Intermountain West.
Affiliation: Federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and agriculture and industry businesses
Contact: Dave Smith, Coordinator, 406-329-3120, dave_w_smith@fws.gov


North American Bird Conservation Initiative

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia
Description: A tri-national agreement based upon existing national, regional, and local efforts to conserve birds and habitats across North America.
Affiliation: Led by a steering committee comprised of members from Canada, United States, and Mexico
Contact: See website


Partners in Flight - United States

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: Coordinated effort to conserve land birds and their terrestrial habitats in North and South America.
Affiliation: Government agencies, philanthropic foundations, professional organizations, conservation groups, industry, the academic community, citizens
Contact: See website


Partners in Flight - Canada

State/Province: Alberta, British Columbia
Description: National program to ensure the long-term viability of populations of native Canadian landbirds across their range of habitats. Affiliation: Led by the Canadian Wildlife Service, includes other government and non-government conservation agencies, industry, academia, citizens
Contact: Migratorybirds.Oiseauxmigrateurs@ec.gc.ca


Western Native Trout Initiative

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Description: Serve as a catalyst for collaborative conservation and management to improve native trout populations, aquatic habitats, and angler opportunities across western states.
Affiliation: Over 30 organizations, associations, businesses, state and federal government agencies
Contact: Robin Knox, Coordinator, 303-236-4402, rknox@westernnativetrout.org


Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia
Description: Under the intergovernmental Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, coordinate management and research activities to prevent movement of non-native nuisance species into western marine and freshwater systems.
Affiliation: State, provincial, and federal government agencies, tribes, universities, organizations
Contact: Erin Williams, Coordinator, erin_williams@fws.gov


Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation

State/Province: Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta
Description: Science-based group dedicated to counteracting the decline of whitebark pine and enhancing knowledge of its ecosystems.
Affiliation: Government agencies, universities, conservation organizations
Contact: See website


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