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