How We Work

Conservation that Matters

How do we work to conserve Idaho? Let us count the ways.

About Us

For over 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the ecologically important lands and waters in Idaho. Working closely with citizens, community groups and other conservation partners we’ve helped to conserve more than 400,000 acres from the forests of North Idaho to the desert canyonlands of the Owyhees to the grasslands of the Greater Yellowstone.

Our work focuses on building lasting relationships and tangible results. Our tools include land protection, policy initiatives, education, forest and rangeland management, restoration, research, stewardship and more.

In Idaho we strive to accomplish conservation that matters, we strive for big impacts to vast landscapes – guided by science, collaboration and practical solutions. As the demands on our natural resources grow and change, we strive to adapt to those changes and respond in ways that benefit people and nature.

Our Successes
  • In the Upper Salmon we are making it possible for salmon to spawn in areas they haven’t reached in 50 years. We've worked with landowners and resource agencies to protect and restore 65 miles of critical habitat.
  • As a partner of the Pioneers Alliance, we’ve conserved 50,000 acres of critical habitat for pronghorn, Greater sage grouse, mule deer and others in the Pioneers-Craters of the Moon region. 
  • In the Clearwater Basin, we play a key part in forest restoration efforts that have created or maintained jobs, reduced hazardous fuels, removed invasive species and produced timber.
  • In the Kootenai Valley we’ve leveraged conservation easements to protect a critical wildlife corridor that stitches together millions of acres of public lands.
  • In the Silver Creek watershed, we brought together 20 landowners to protect natural resources through conservation easements.
  • In the Wood River Valley we piloted a model for water conservation, saving more than 300 million gallons of water (and counting) on Idaho’s barley farms with support from the brewing company, Miller Coors.
  • In the Owyhee Canyonlands, we helped pass legislation to create the first new wilderness in Idaho in 29 years, and continue to conduct weed control and habitat restoration. 
  • In the Greater Yellowstone region we reestablished 9 miles of Yellowstone cutthroat spawning habitat, and restored five tributaries and two miles of the main stem of the Henry’s Fork.
  • On our Flat Ranch Preserve, just outside of West Yellowstone, we introduced rotational grazing practices to help restore the grassland habitat that long-billed curlew and other species depend on.
  • Within the spectacular and rugged landscape of Hells Canyon, we protected vast areas of the canyon and used pioneering technology to control invasive weeds. 
  • Through community partnerships we permanently protected 13,000 acres along the South Fork of the Snake River.
  • Our preserves around Idaho, including Ball Creek Preserve, Flat Ranch Preserve and Silver Creek Preserve, provide places for people to learn about and enjoy nature.
  • As a member of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, we collaborate with twenty other land trusts working on private land conservation throughout the state of Idaho.



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