Conserving Special Places and Natural Resources

Supporting a wide range of conservation activities throughout the North American West.

The Packard Foundation’s commitment to the conservation of land in California and the Western part of North America has endured for 50 years. Over the years, the Foundation has supported a wide range of activities to protect these special landscapes—including scientific research, policy research, advocacy, building capacity of organizations engaged in this work, and supporting the purchase of critical lands or easements protecting those lands.

To assess progress over the last 50 years, we launched a website that maps our history of contributions to land protection and celebrates stories of progress achieved through the work of our many long-time partners. On the website is an interactive mapping tool showing the Foundation’s contributions to land and easement acquisitions—through both grants and PRIs—in the North American West since 1964, along with stories highlighting milestones and efforts from across the wide range of land conservation activities accomplished with our partners.

The Packard Foundation’s land conservation efforts were built upon David and Lucile’s personal interest and support and have expanded to touch nearly every state in the United States west of the continental divide, along with areas of Canada and Mexico. As we look to the future, we hope to continue exploring different ways to support our grantee partners in the conservation of these special places through a variety of both traditional and innovative approaches.

Explore a website that maps our history of contributions to land and easement acquisitions in the North American West since 1964 and read about the Foundation’s support of our partners’ work to protect exceptional places. As you review the site, please feel free to reach out to with any questions or feedback you may have.

View the Map

Land 50th Anniversary Message

Read reflections on 50 years of supporting land conservation efforts through scientific research, policy research, advocacy, capacity building, and land and easement acquisition.