GOAL: To conserve the ecological integrity of the western United States and Canada for people and wildlife. The Hewlett Foundation makes a wide range of grants to preserve these extraordinary natural resources. To that end, we invest in efforts to build broad public support for conservation and to protect the land, water, and air in the West. We support four strategies designed to achieve these goals across twelve U.S. states and three Canadian provinces:
- Conserving land, with a goal of improving the ecological integrity of 300 million high-priority acres by 2035. The simplest definition of ecological integrity is that a place is sufficiently protected to ensure that unspoiled nature thrives.
- Improving the water flows of key rivers, with a goal of improving the ecological integrity of 8,000 kilometers of high-priority river miles by 2035.
- Increasing western clean energy, with a goal of reducing the development of fossil fuels on 85 million high-priority acres by 2035.
- Building broad support by engaging ranchers, farmers, hunters, anglers, faith-based organizations, as well as local businesses in areas where their influence is crucial to making progress on land, river, and energy goals.
Applications/proposals due: ongoing