Our History of Land Conservation

The conservation values held by David and Lucile Packard continue to live on through our grantees and the work they accomplish

The Packard Foundation’s commitment to the conservation of land in California and the Western part of North America has endured for more than 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.

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. Those efforts continue today, with the Foundation supporting our grantee partners in the conservation of these special places through a variety of both traditional and innovative approaches.

Mapping Progress: Conservation Activities in the North American West

To assess progress over the last 50+ years, the Foundation 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.

Archived Strategies

Western Conservation: Learn more about the Western Conservation Subprogram, which awarded final grants in 2013.