Keystone Conservation

Keystone Conservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring predators and their habitats in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Northern regions of the Great Plains. At the present time, Keystone is committed to protecting the future of fourteen primary native predators, including black bear and black-footed ferret, as well as lesser-known species such as the northern goshawk and swift fox. At the same time, Keystone strives to raise public awareness of native predators and to ensure that humans and predators can peacefully co-exist. The organization has carved out a unique niche by combining sound ecological monitoring techniques with a deep understanding of social and political forces and patterns. Founded in 1991, Keystone Conservation is based in Bozeman, Montana.

Keystone Conservation's long-term vision is multifaceted and addresses the needs of both predator and human populations that call the Rockies and Great Plains home. The organization's many goals are achieved through the implementation of four main programs: the Forest Predator Ecosystem Protection Program, the Grassland Predator Ecosystem Protection Program, the Living With Predators Program, and the Voices for Predators Program. As their names indicate, these programs encompass diverse approaches to achieve Keystone Conservation's goals. These native predators require large, uninterrupted tracts of forest and prairie to thrive and maintain healthy populations, yet at the same time the human population utilizes these spaces for recreation, agriculture, hunting and harvesting of natural resources. To balance these many demands on the ecosystem, Keystone collects cutting-edge scientific data to aid its advocacy work, monitor hunting and trapping practices, identify top-priority habitat areas, monitor state and federal agencies whose policies affect land use, and promote a holistic "landscape view" of road and off-road use of vehicles in the region. Just as importantly, Keystone Conservation strives to increase public awareness of the vital role that predators play in a healthy ecosystem, ensuring that the local public understands the importance of conserving them and their habitat.

We support this organization with annual contributions from the Conservation fund and host lectures provided by their staff. For more information visit: www.keystoneconservation.us

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