Our main programs are separated into four program areas: Room to Roam, Oil and Gas Watch, Key Species, and Citizen Science.
The goal of our Room to Roam program is to address fragmentation by identifying and protecting key remaining habitats and restoring the linkages between them. Rocky Mountain Wild works to identify, protect, and restore the most important wildlife movement corridors in Colorado. From the high-altitude wildlife linkage at Wolf Creek Pass to the wildlife movement pathways that are severed by traffic along the I-70 Mountain Corridor, we work to provide science-based solutions that provide wildlife with room to roam.
Each year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leases thousands of acres of public land to corporations and individuals for oil and gas development. The process, which is documented below, allows for public input, protest, and parcel removal. Through our Oil and Gas Watch program, Rocky Mountain Wild monitors all lease sales in our region and prepares screens that identify conflicts with at-risk species and other conservation values. We share these tools with conservation organizations and the public to increase engagement in this process. We also prepare our own comments and protests on parcels. To date we have been directly involved in the deferral of 2 million acres of public land from oil and gas development.
The southern Rocky Mountain region is home to more than 500 rare and imperiled native plant and animal species. We understand that all of these species are important for maintaining biological diversity. We also understand that time is short, and our resources are limited. For that reason, our Key Species Program aims to identify and protect keystone and umbrella species that will result in the preservation of entire ecosystems. We also make sure to fight for the little guys, like the tiny butterfly known as the Dakota Skipper, that are likely to be overlooked by bigger national organizations. Through our Key Species program Rocky Mountain Wild is actively engaged in safeguarding more than two dozen plant and animal species, including the greater sage-grouse, boreal toad, American Pika, and Graham’s penstemon.
Here at Rocky Mountain Wild, we use citizen science projects to do important research that informs our conservation work. Volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions about the problems facing wildlife and biodiversity in our region.
Citizen science allows scientists at Rocky Mountain Wild and partner institutions to expand the amount of scientific data that we can collect, conduct long-term research over large geographic areas, and focus on some our region’s most pressing questions. Professional scientists at Rocky Mountain Wild and elsewhere don’t have the capacity to do this research alone, and volunteers participating in citizen science programs are making major contributions to advancing science and conservation in our region and across the globe.