Miistakis Institute for the Rockies

Miistakis, a Blackfoot appellation referring to the Rocky Mountains of Montana/Alberta/ British Columbia, is literally translated as "backbone."

Grantee Profile

The Foundation’s support for the Miistakis Institute emanates from a recognition that for large landscape conservation to be successful over the long term, there needs to exist within that landscape a balance of humankind and the natural world. Miistakis, a conservation nonprofit organization and research institute that was founded precisely with that balance in mind, undertakes and supports pure and applied research in the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding regions. Miistakis takes knowledge from the academic world and transfers it to the realm of land and resource management. Miistakis works on highway mitigation efforts, which results in cost savings at high collision zone due to the costs associated with animal vehicle collisions. There has been an annual cost saving of $152,629 USD from highway mitigation at two key states along Highway 3 in Alberta, Canada.

About Our Grants

In 2019, the Woodcock Foundation awarded the Miistakis Institute a one-year $20,000 grant to advance road ecology policy in Alberta, build a scientific foundation for road ecology through specific research initiatives, and grow the social capital for wildlife conservation.