The mountains, valleys, and streams of the High Divide Headwaters constitute a biologically rich and intact landscape that serves as a critical wildlife linkage between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the east and the Crown of the Continent to the north. The High Divide Headwaters remains a working wilderness of multi-generational ranches intermixed with public lands and protected areas.
The streams and wetlands of this sweeping landscape are literally the life-blood of people and wildlife: they feed the rivers that sustain wildlife, supply drinking water, grow food, and provide places for both inspiration and recreation. However, they face a number of threats, such as climate change, development, and increasing demand for water.
Fortunately, there is still time to secure its future, something that is unusual in a world where wide, open spaces like the High Divide are disappearing at an unprecedented rate.
In the High Divide Headwaters, the Conservancy is testing science-based management approaches, implementing community-based conservation projects for water, forest, and sagebrush grasslands, and developing effective climate change solutions. From restoring Montana’s critical watersheds to rescuing forests and securing our sagebrush ecosystems, our scaleable approach and strategies in the High Divide are designed to support nature and guard against long-term threats for wildlife and our local communities.