Western Conservation

Beginning in 2008, the Foundation carried out a time-limited, six-year strategy to protect and restore biologically important and iconic regions of western North America. By the end of this program, the Foundation will have invested about $125 million to advance land conservation, public policy and conservation funding measures in California, the Colorado Plateau, and northwestern Mexico. We also invested in strategic opportunities that benefit the western region as a whole, including opportunities to conserve private land, strengthen land trusts, and advocate for federal conservation funding and tax policy.
 
As of August 2013, the Western Conservation Subprogram had contributed to the protection and better management of 2.6 million acres of land, including 540,000 acres protected through land or easement purchase.
 
Our aim is to galvanize and support local communities to take action. We now see more organizations and residents actively participating in efforts to protect biodiversity and valued landscapes in ways that also meet the needs of local communities. Our hope is that communities will use natural resources more efficiently, our precious landscapes will be better protected, and strong policies will be in place to safeguard these areas in perpetuity.
 
We have commissioned a third-party evaluation to learn more about the impact of our approach and investments. We expect to share our findings in late 2014.

Our Approach

Our program work is driven by strategy. Learn more about our work and targeted initiatives.