“Near as I can tell, he is a citizen of the planet that was interested in protecting some of its last best places.”
— former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
Since its establishment in 1998, the Wyss Foundation has helped local communities, land trusts and non-profit partners permanently protect more than 20 million acres of land in the American West and more than 5 million acres internationally. These lands are now conserved in perpetuity for current and future generations to enjoy and explore.
In 2010, Mr. Wyss’ contributions enabled the transfer of 310,000 acres of former Plum Creek timber land to the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Montana; it is among the largest private conservation purchases in American history. [ see story ]
In 2013, the Wyss Foundation’s investments will help Trout Unlimited and other partners restore and reconnect 1,000 miles of spawning habitat for Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River in Maine. [ see story ] That same year the Foundation also partnered with local communities and leaders to protect more than 58,000 acres in Wyoming’s Hoback Basin for hunting, fishing, hiking, and recreation. [ see story ]
In 2014, the Wyss Foundation and a cohort of other philanthropic foundations announced they together committed $500,000 to a new fund that will provide immediate support for recreation and habitat restoration projects in and around the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument [ see story ]
In 2015, the Wyss Foundation’s support will help The Nature Conservancy purchase 3,184 acres along the Hoh River near the Washington coast as part of their initiative to increase salmon populations, promote sustainable economies and restore temperate rainforest on the Washington coast. [ see story ]
With thousands of volunteers working out of more than 400 chapters nationwide, Trout Unlimited (TU) works to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries. TU’s volunteers donate well over 500,000 hours every year to clean up polluted streams, restore water to dried-up rivers, and teach children about responsible stewardship and good fishing. The Wyss Foundation has been a strong supporter of Trout Unlimited, investing more than $4.2 million over 11 years. Through this partnership, sportsmen will now always be able to experience the backcountry solitude of the Wyoming Range, the undeveloped expanses on the Rocky Mountain Front, and clear, cold streams in forests throughout the West.