Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project

With a shared goal to facilitate the continued existence of large expanses of forested lands, interested parties entered into a collaborative initiative called the Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project. The goal of the Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project was to implement a regional and landscape level campaign for conservation by advocating with local officials, landowners, and realtors and engineers to implement community land use and landowner based strategies for forest land and wildlife habitat conservation.


  • Prioritize key wildlife, forest and natural resource areas in the Mad River Valley;
  • Engage local citizens and landowners in the Mad River Valley to create grassroots support for conservation through diverse non-regulatory strategies and policies.
  • Advocate land acquisition of key conservation areas and develop local funding options to achieve conservation in the Mad River Valley;
  • Promote sound local land use development through creative land use and zoning mechanisms to conserve key forest resources and habitat areas.
  • Positively influence local land use development by promoting smart growth principles with realtors, engineers and local decision-makers in the Mad River Valley.


  • 2011 Tiered Ecological Priorities Map
    • A planning tool for municipal governments in the MRV; identifies areas that ecologists have deemed important for conservation. The map prioritizes resources into four levels, reflecting what are believed to be the most important places for maintaining the Valley’s fish and wildlife populations and biological diversity.
  • Ecological Conservation Focus Areas Map
    • Identifies the degree of co-occurrence or overlapping of several ecological principles. It shows areas appropriate for conservation action, such as where to focus technical assistance or voluntary land acquisition. This information alongside the other maps provides a platform from which the towns and landowners can consider appropriate actions to sustain the Valley’s vital habitats.



Please seek out more information about conservation efforts in the Valley and learn how to get involved by contacting our partner organizations: