Pioneer Mountains

The Pioneer Mountain region of Central Idaho ranks among the West’s most unspoiled landscapes. Located next to the Boulder-White Clouds, the Pioneer Mountain region supports large wildlife populations such as pronghorn,sage-grouseand wolverine. This landscape is also home to extensive working farms and ranches, a wide diversity of ecosystem types, and provides access forhunting and other recreation opportunities.

Many of the pressures faced by other large landscapes in the West—such as energy development and residential development—have not yet been felt in the Pioneers. This provides a remarkable opportunity to protect what we love about this place—the open spaces, abundant wildlife, access to the mountains, foothills, and desert, as well as the agricultural way of life and small communities. It also afford an opportunity to build an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future.

For the last several years, ICL has worked with the Pioneers Alliance—a group of local landowners, conservationists and others—to protect the extraordinary wildlife and open space of the Pioneer Mountains. Here’s some of the work that the Pioneers Alliance has been involved in:

  • Creating dialogue among local residents, elected and agency officials, and conservationists regarding a collective long term vision for the landscape and appropriate strategies for achieving that vision
  • Securing funding and completing conservation easements on tens of thousands of acres of critically important private lands
  • Studies of the migration and habitat use patterns of key species including sage grouse, mule deer and pronghorn. The Alliance’s work led to the documentation of a previously-unrecognized 150-mile migration route.