Formed in 1991 as the Predator Conservation Alliance, Keystone grew into a regional leader advocating to restore and protect native carnivores. In 2007 we changed our name to Keystone Conservation and our focus to cooperative coexistence work. We are a 501(c)(3) NGO with over two decades of proven success and leadership in the predator coexistence and rangeland stewardship fields. Currently, Keystone is one of very few groups to coordinate across stakeholder lines and implement solutions for the health of people, land, and wildlife in Montana and the Northern Rocky Mountains.
At Keystone Conservation we create habitat for predator species and other wildlife, increase rangeland biodiversity, and sustain and restore the working landscape in rural communities. We do this by partnering with landowners, recreationists, ranchers, and community members to proactively prevent wildlife conflicts through our BEAResponsible program and to implement sustainable livestock management practices through our Rangeland Stewardship program.
A keystone is the stone at the top of an arch holding all the other stones in place. Without it, the arch collapses. Similarly, a keystone species is an organism that plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, and when it is removed many other species are affected. Some examples of keystone species are: wolves, prairie dogs, sea otters, and bees. A whole and healthy ecosystem needs keystone species to function and operate properly.