How We Work

Greater Yellowstone

An Historic Challenge

Science guides our work by identifying the Earth’s most important natural places. Using innovative tools, we protect and restore these priority places.

We believe that a primary focus on voluntary habitat protection agreements, primarily with private landowners, can ensure that future generations will experience Yellowstone as we have. Our work requires significant outreach to the millions of visitors who love Yellowstone. It requires local, state, and national attention, and, ideally, national legislation and funding. And, it requires participation in the forest planning processes of the six national forests that surround the park. Finally, it requires the support of the region’s residents.

By protecting an additional 2.8 million acres within the Greater Yellowstone, the Conservancy and its partners will ensure intact migration corridors for many of the West’s large mammals, including grizzly bears, elk, bison and antelope. Also, by maintaining the health of the Greater Yellowstone’s headwaters, source of seven major rivers and an average of four trillion gallons of fresh water, will help “water the West” for future generations.

Where We Work

The Conservancy works in six priority areas within Idaho, Montana and Wyoming:

Map of Greater Yellowstone project areas

Our Partners

Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Montana Land Reliance
Teton Regional Land Trust
The Trust for Public Land
Jackson Hole Land Trust
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Green River Valley Land Trust
The Conservation Fund
Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust

The Nature Conservancy in Idaho
The Nature Conservancy in Montana
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming


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