Western Conservation


Since 1969, the Hewlett Foundation has been dedicated to preserving the vast open spaces of the West as unspoiled landscapes where wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and ranchers maintain their history of stewardship.

Over the decades, mining, drilling, clear-cutting and expanding population have taken a harsh toll on the natural beauty, critical water sources and local habitats. Today, we make a wide range of grants to protect the extraordinary natural resources of the Western United States and Canada, and back efforts to build broad public support and empower citizens who care about the conservation of land, water and air in the West.


The vision of the Hewlett Foundation is to conserve biodiversity and protect the ecological integrity of half of the North American West for wildlife and people. Our goal is to conserve 320 million acres of public and private land across the North American West by 2035. In addition, as an indicator of ecological integrity, migrations of key indicator species in priority geographies should be largely unimpeded by human activities by 2035.


Our Grantmaking

Wilderness Society
for general operating support
Trout Unlimited
for general operating support
American Rivers
for the Hydropower Reform Coalition
Youth Outside
for branding and marketing

Our Team

Jonathan Pershing [Headshot]
Jonathan Pershing 
Program Director
Andrea Keller Helsel 
Program Officer
Liz Judge
Liz Judge 
Communications Officer
Cristina Kinney 
Program Associate
Jennee Kuang
Jennee Kuang 
Program Fellow

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Bill and Flora Hewlett cared deeply about the environment and cherished the mountains, meadows, forests and coastlines of California and the American West. Bill was an amateur photographer of wildflowers, an accomplished botanist, and a lifelong climber, hiker, fisherman and hunter.

Their spirit and regard for the well-being of nature and communities still guides the Hewlett Foundation’s western conservation strategy and its grantmaking. We support organizations that are conserving important lands in the West, improving river flows, and minimizing the environmental impact of fossil energy development.


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