The Center for Native Ecosystems and Colorado Wild, two Colorado-based nonprofit conservation organizations that worked on issues related to wildlife, biodiversity, and habitat protection in the state, had previously collaborated on preserving wildlife corridors. The organizations had different geographic targets: the Center for Native Ecosystems concentrated its efforts on Bureau of Land Management lands while Colorado Wild focused on National Forest lands. In 2011, the organizations merged and became Rocky Mountain Wild. Now the largest organization in the field of wildlife, biodiversity and habitat protection in Colorado, the merged organization has greater resources to recruit members and advocate on behalf of conservation legislation. The Lodestar Foundation provided the organizations a challenge grant to raise funds for one-time merger-related expenses.
Grant Amount: $12,000
Year Granted: 2011
Grantee: Rocky Mountain Wild
Location: CO - Colorado
Grantee Website: Rocky Mountain Wild