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Pioneers Alliance  » Accomplishments

Accomplishments to Date

The Pioneers Alliance has made significant strides since our founding in 2007. We believe that our on-the-ground work and a sense of shared vision and community are our most important legacy. Some of our most significant accomplishments to date include:

  • Conservation of >26,000 acres of private working ranches using voluntary conservation easements (27,000 more acres are slated for protection by 2013).
  •  Secured over $20 million for conservation in the region in the past 3 years. Recognized as a priority area for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), a national program to purchase conservation easements on working lands.
  • Working with the Carey Valley Economic Recovery Group to advance community development projects, with a focus on the City of Carey and the rural southern portion of the region.
  • Organized and actively participated in public meetings in Carey with community leaders, ranchers, local residents, and agency representatives. Topics have included Sage Grouse Initiative funds, Grasslands Reserve Program assistance, BLM travel planning, hunting regulations, and economic development opportunities.
  • Led efforts to defeat a proposal to construct a regional transmission line through the local community and along critical wildlife migration corridors.
  • Organized multiple hiking, biking events and field tours to inform and connect people with the landscape.
  • Documented pronghorn migration routes, including a previously unknown 150-mile route between the Pioneer Mountains and eastern Idaho, and conducted studies on sage grouse and mule deer.
  • Built relationships with Idaho Congressional delegation, Office of the Governor, officials at federal Departments of Interior and Agriculture, state agency officials and national and regional conservation initiatives such as Heart of the Rockies and America’s Great Outdoors.

 

About Us

The Pioneers Alliance is a cooperative effort by ranchers, local residents, conservationists and public lands managers to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural values of the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon landscape of south-central Idaho.

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The Nature Conservancy in Idaho
(208) 788-8988