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High Divide Policy

The High Divide is a critical landscape that stretches across public and private lands along the Continental Divide between Idaho and Montana. It is a vital wildlife connector of three large relatively intact ecosystems in the U.S. Northern Rockies: the Crown of the Continent, the Salmon-Selway Wilderness and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  CLLC is working with many other interested stakeholders to develop strategies that will result in new protections for ecological connectivity in the High Divide. Our strategies include: ensuring federal managers adopt strong standards for connectivity to protect wildlife habitat; working with state wildlife agencies to translate their new wildlife corridors data into on-the-ground conservation projects; linking the efforts in the High Divide to those of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative to increase the landscape’s public profile; and leveraging increased funding for this crucial linkage area.