Our History

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain Wild is a 501(c)3 created by the merger of two of Colorado’s most trusted and effective conservation organizations, Center for Native Ecosystems and Colorado Wild. Recognizing the need to stem dramatic losses of native species and habitat, these organizations joined forces to protect, connect and restore wildlife and wild lands of our region.

Our History

Rocky Mountain Wild has a long and rich history. Each of our predecessor organizations, along with the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project (which joined Center for Native Ecosystems in 2008), enjoyed more than a dozen years of successful conservation advocacy. Our staff shares 108 years of conservation experience and has protected over 2 million acres of wildlife habitat.

Today, Rocky Mountain Wild protects wild lands for wildlife throughout the Southern Rocky Mountain region of Colorado, southern Wyoming, eastern Utah, and northern New Mexico. In order to secure a biologically healthy future for the wildlife and people of our Rocky Mountain home, we:

  • Protect at-risk species and ecosystems
  • Connect core habitats for wildlife to create a network of natural areas and give wildlife room to roam
  • Restore degraded habitats and native species that once populated our region
  • Build community and collaborations with people, organizations, and agencies.