Since its inception, the Packard Foundation has supported land conservation in the North American West. The region is home to some of the continent’s greatest natural treasures and last remaining wilderness. With its unique biodiversity and spectacular topography, this rich array of iconic landscapes has strong cultural significance for people who live there and visitors from around the world.
The 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. 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.
We invest in opportunities to conserve the North American West’s greatest natural treasures and last remaining wilderness to ensure the sustainability of these special places.
The Packard Foundation’s commitment to the conservation of land in California and the Western part of North America has endured for 50 years. We have learned valuable lessons along the way.
Collaborative efforts have helped to protect the iconic landscape and precious resources of this region while allowing for many opportunities to work with partners and within communities to engage new voices, build consensus, and ultimately strengthen the conservation field.
Make space for marginalized voices
Successful conservation efforts often require bringing together a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals to create lasting change. In many cases, this involves engaging voices within a community that have sometimes been missing or marginalized from conservation debates.
The capacity to think big to imagine what could be and push beyond the constraints of what we believe is possible today was central to David and Lucile Packard’s approach to business and philanthropy and has been critical when approaching conservation projects of immense scale, such as the Montana Legacy Project.