At the heart of the Pioneers Alliance is our work to conserve the working lands and wild lands of the Pioneers-Craters region. We recognize that many of the values we most cherish about the region – working ranches, abundant migratory wildlife, backcountry hunting and recreation, spectacular vistas – require a large unspoiled landscape. Our vision is of a unified approach to managing the 2.6 million acre Pioneers-Craters landscape supported by private ranchers, federal and state officials, residents and conservationists, that will safeguard these values for the long term. In order to fulfill our vision of conserving the landscape, Pioneers Alliance has worked on several fronts. First, local landowners, conservationists, Blaine County and federal agencies have worked to secure funding for the purchase of conservation easements on private ranchlands in the foothills portion of the landscape.
These agreements provide landowners with a payment in exchange for the landowners’ commitment to maintain agricultural, scenic and environmental values of their properties. Second, we work with state and federal agencies throughout the region to influence land use decisions that impact the condition and character of the landscape. Examples include our work on the Bureau of Land Management’s Shoshone Field Office’s Travel Plan and our work in 2007 on the proposed Mountain States Transmission Intertie, a regional electric transmission line. The size and unspoiled nature of the Pioneers-Craters represents one of the great legacies that has been passed to us by previous generations and is one of the gifts we can pass on to the next. This sense of legacy motivates and inspires us to work at a large scale, one that matches the landscape itself.