Bureau Of Land Management

At A Glance

  • More than 1.25M acres protected
  • More than 140 projects
  • Excellent economic & environmental outcomes

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), we’ve protected more than 1.25 million acres of land and water resources out West.  From sprawling ranches to the narrowest hiking trail, our goal is to protect the best of the West—advancing BLM’s top conservation priorities and responsible economic development at the same time. 

The Best Of The West

We’ve helped protect more than 25,000 acres along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, roughly 5,000 acres at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, key access to Idaho’s popular Snake River and dozens of other special places across the region. 

Back At The Ranch          

We work with willing landowners and BLM to manage rangeland resources effectively, through careful grazing and other strategic land use decisions. People win—and so do species like the sage grouse and lesser prairie-chicken, whose habitats we help safeguard. 

Thinking Big

The one-of-a-kind beauty and ecology at Arizona’s Kane and Two Mile ranches make this western spot a must-see destination. It’s just one example of the bigger-than-life landscapes out West—and what we can do to save them, working with BLM and partners like The Grand Canyon Trust.

Click on the projects below to learn more about what we’ve been able to accomplish through partnering with BLM:

Washoe Valley Washoe Valley, Nevada

To date, the Fund has conserved more than 2,000 acres of open space and 3,200 acre-feet of surface and ground water within Washoe Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In one of the grandest conservation accomplishments under… Read More

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

Encompassing a diverse array of habitat types, from the high, dry deserts of the Great Basin to the wet, lower-elevation forests of the Pacific Coast, Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument stretches across more than 54,000 acres in southwest Oregon, just north of the… Read More

Sand Ranch, Area of Critical Environmental Concern Near Roswell lesser prairie chicken

Throughout the Southwest and Midwest, the lesser prairie-chicken’s population size and geographic range have dramatically diminished due to the widespread conversion of native prairie grasslands to agricultural uses, leaving Southeast New Mexico as one of the bird’s most important undisturbed… Read More

Beauty Mountain Wilderness Area Cooper's Hawk

Beauty Mountain Wilderness Area truly lives up to its name, with its dramatic rock formations and its namesake—the 5,500-foot Beauty Mountain—providing a stunning backdrop to the increasingly urbanized region around San Diego. Already a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, The Conservation Fund’s… Read More

Canyons Of The Ancients Canyons of the Ancients

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, in southwest Colorado, contains some of the highest known densities of archaeological sites in the nation—averaging more than 100 sites per square mile. Cliff dwellings, villages, shrines, petroglyphs, kivas, agricultural fields and other ancient… Read More

Cottonwood Ranches Rancher on a horse at Cottonwood Ranches

Western ranchland is disappearing and with it important wildlife habitat. Partnerships between government agencies, willing ranchers and conservation groups are increasingly important to the future of this habitat. Cottonwood Ranches, a working cattle ranch owned by the Botur family, is… Read More

Lewis And Clark National Historical Park Image of Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

In 2003, in honor of the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Fund embarked on a major campaign to commemorate this legendary journey by protecting open space, river corridors and resources associated with the passage. Through our Lewis… Read More

North Platte River Fly fishing

As part of an effort to provide additional recreational access along the North Platte River in southeastern Wyoming, The Conservation Fund worked with its partners to protect 275 acres along the famed Gray Reef reach, including over three-fourths of a… Read More

Upper Snake River boating on Snake River Idaho

An area known for its world-class fishing and other great recreational opportunities, the Snake River attracts thousands of tourists from around the world each year.  But the beauty of this area also brings the desire for development, which threatens the… Read More

Clark County Clark County Wetlands Park, Nevada

The Fund has undertaken several different conservation projects with the Bureau of Land Management in Clark County. Clark County Grazing Allotments Since 1996 the Fund has worked with local ranchers, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife… Read More

North Rim Of The Grand Canyon Kane and Two Mile Ranch at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s favorite destinations—more than five million people visit each year to take in the breathtaking views of this iconic landscape. It’s also the location of the Fund’s biggest land conservation project—in terms of acres—in… Read More


Mark Elsbree
Mark Elsbree Sun Valley, ID
(208) 726-4419

Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Northwest Director Mark Elsbree has been with the Fund since 1998 and currently works in the Sun Valley, Idaho office. Elsbree directs our conservation efforts in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. He holds a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.