Heart of the Rockies Spring Gathering


The HOTR Spring Partnership Meeting will be held on May 15-16 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

HOTR is working with their Wyoming partners and others to build a program highlighting some great examples of regional partnerships, including a field tour with stops along critical big game migrations. We will be reporting out on exciting progress with the HOTRlandscape campaign and workshopping next steps. Look for a detailed agenda next month.

General Meeting Times

May 15:  11 am - 5 pm with a reception 6-8 pm

May 16:  8:30 am - 2 pm


We are timing this partnership meeting to coincide with the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts meeting in Driggs earlier in the week, May 13-14.   

If we can help coordinate carpooling or airport pick-ups, please let us know. Questions and to register, please contact Joann at joann@heart-of-rockies.org

WALT Land Camp Registration now open!

The Washington Association of Land Trusts, the Coalition of Oregon LandTrusts, and the Land Trust Alliance are pleased to announce that registration for Northwest Land Camp is now open!

Northwest Land Camp 2019
June 17-20th, 2019
Whiman College in Walla Walla, WA

This is not your ordinary conference. Land Camp focuses on relationship building, peer learning, and dynamic and interactive workshops to further the work of the Northwest conservation community. This year's Land Camp will find us on the beautiful campus of Whitman College in Walla Walla, the heart of Washington’s wine country. We cannot wait to see you there!

Learn more about the program lineup, special board training opportunities, field trips, and register here.

Idaho Nonprofit Center Leadership Summit

Three-part leadership trainings available in the Treasure Valley June-August and the Moscow area August-October

The Idaho Nonprofit Center and the Idaho Community Foundation are pleased to continue the Nonprofit Leadership Summit. Generously supported by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and the Kissler Family Foundation, the program is designed to strengthen and support Idaho nonprofit organizations to deliver more effective programs and sustain their operations through training in leadership development, board development, strategic planning, fundraising, and more.

Unique in its scope, the Nonprofit Leadership Summit brings together a select core of nonprofit leaders and board members for three dynamic sessions over a three-month period. Participants will learn from locally and nationally known experts, share ideas with their colleagues and peers and graduate from the program with knowledge to guide their organizations to new levels of growth and sustainability.

Participants who successfully complete the program will be eligible for grant funds to use in furthering their organization's sustainability efforts through board or staff development, strategic planning, and more.

Learn more and register here

Call for submissions: Fish and wildlife habitat films

A team from NFHP and the Fish Habitat Section of AFS are organizing a film festival for the joint AFS/TWS annual meeting taking place in Reno September 29-October 3, 2019 (https://afstws2019.org/). They are looking for film submissions to help convey the many benefits that come from supporting the habitat needs of our treasured fish and wildlife.

Reno-vating Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: A Film Festival Highlighting Collaborative Habitat Conservation and Its Benefits is a 2-day session that will feature films showcasing examples where resource practitioners and others come together to protect, restore and enhance freshwater, coastal and terrestrial habitats that support the needs of fish and wildlife. This unique session will use film to share the stories capturing how landowners, anglers, hunters, volunteers, local communities, tribes, federal and state agencies, scientists and others are working together across the country to solve challenges and successfully conserve many of America’s treasured species. Film categories will include fish and wildlife habitat conservation projects, target on-the-ground restoration examples, and include other films that capture the dynamic landscapes and unique habitats that are home to our fish and wildlife. This session is intended to offer a unique opportunity for meeting attendees to collaborate and learn about successful conservation stories from across the country. 

It is envisioned that films will be shown at a minimum of one time during the festival event, and depending upon the total amount of films collected, films may be shown more than once to accommodate multiple viewing opportunities over the course of the allowed symposia timeframe. In addition, a selection of films may be shown one night during the week to the public at a local venue in the Reno area.

Film submission guidelines and the submission information form are attached; the film submission information form is due April 1, 2019.

Please contact Deborah Hart (Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, coordinator@sealaskafishhabitat.org /907-723-0258) or Tom Lang, (AFS Fish Habitat Section, Tom.Lang@tpwd.texas.gov) for more details. 

Save the Date: ICOLT Spring Gathering May 13-14, 2019


Please mark you calendars for the spring gathering of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts on Monday May 13 – Tuesday, May 14 

We will meet at the beautiful Teton Valley Lodge near Driggs.  Our time together will begin at 3pm on Monday, with a full day of sessions on Tuesday, followed by an evening closing reception and dinner.  There are many lodging options in the Driggs area, but the local recommendation is the fabulous Super 8 Driggs

Our program will focus on new funding through the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, training on science tools for integrating climate science with land conservation, and setting ICOLT’s communications and policy course for the coming year.  Look for a detailed agenda in April.

The meeting is timed so that you can also attend the Heart of the Rockies Initiative meeting on May 15-16 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

LTA seeking member sign-on regarding the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act

Last week the Alliance sent out a member sign-on letter urging Congress to act on the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act.  We are trying to get as many members as possible to sign onto this letter from every region of the country.  We believe this letter will send a powerful message about the true voice of the land trust community. 

Whether your land trust is small or large, staffed or volunteer-led, your support is critical. It takes just a moment to add your name, and will support land conservation across the lands we love here in Idaho, and across the nation. Read the letter and sign-on now.

PNW Resilient Landscapes Initiative

Launched with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Initiative is a partnership of the three community foundations and the Land Trust Alliance to permanently protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Oregon, Idaho and Washington that can preserve biodiversity, durable wildlife habitat and functional migration corridors as the climate changes . Read the full press release here.