Skeena River, British Columbia. Photo: Brian Huntington

Connecting Wildlands, Wildlife, & People

Wilburforce Foundation empowers conservation leaders to protect the irreplaceable lands, waters, and wildlife of western North America.

We support and connect organizations and individuals that are committed to protecting wild places and the wildlife that depend on them. We invest in science-based solutions, advocate for responsible policies, and strengthen our grantees’ capacities to achieve lasting outcomes.

Congratulations to Harvey Locke, a 2018 recipient of Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award!

Read more about Harvey here.

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Where we work

We work within specific areas of western North America. We use conservation science to identify priority regions that correspond with our focus on wildlands and habitat connections that allow wildlife to thrive.

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What we fund

We exist to preserve western North America’s irreplaceable biological diversity and ecological integrity. We work with our partners to defend and use environmental policies that safeguard wildlife and wild places.

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Who we support

We support a diversity of organizations and collaborative efforts throughout our priority regions. We make sustained investments in our partners over time and build their capacity to achieve higher levels of effectiveness.

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news & information

August 8th, 1:18 pm

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Participate in a citizen science photography project to explore the relationship between climate change and coat shedding in mountain goats. Wilburforce grantees Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and Wildlife Conservation Society are working with the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance to collect pictures of mountain goats in different stages of shedding fur. Find out how you can get involved at: ... See MoreSee Less

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August 3rd, 3:00 pm

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Today, federal legislation designated 20 miles of Montana’s East Rosebud Creek into the Wild and Scenic River System and is now permanently protected from development and dams. The Creek is located north of Yellowstone National Park in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Many thanks to the people and groups working hard for protection, especially our partners at American Rivers and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. This is great news in the 50th Anniversary Year of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
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