A film about protecting our wild places, defending a timeless heritage, and facing inevitable change.

The Rocky Mountain Front

There’s an obvious difference between headway and hindrance, but therein lies a fine line called common ground. And that’s where you’ll find the Rocky Mountain Front.

About the Film

Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.

Believing in the power of film

The story of the Rocky Mountain Front is just one of many where communities are coming together to protect the land they call home. The Conservation Alliance and three of it’s members made this film a reality because they believe Common Ground is an authentic example for other communities who are fighting for conservation.


Our Heritage

On the eastern slope of the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountain Front is an impressive spine of mountains that spans across 400,000 acres of public land. With no permanent protection in place, the land faces the threat of development. The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act is a product of years and years of collaboration between ranchers and sportsmen, conservationists and outfitters, hikers and mountain bikers – to keep the Front the way it is today.

The status of the Heritage Act

Over the past 8 years, The Conservation Alliance and its member companies have contributed more than $260,000 to Montana Wilderness Association’s efforts to permanently protect the Rocky Mountain Front through a combination of designated wilderness, backcountry recreation areas and Conservation Management Areas. Unfortunately, like so many other popular proposals to safeguard some of America’s most precious public lands, the Heritage Act has repeatedly fallen victim to entrenched partisan squabbling in the halls of the U.S. Congress. Our elected officials need to hear that we expect them to act on behalf of all of us to protect these wild places for the future.

Get Involved

The Outdoor Industry giving back to the outdoors

Our wild places are worth protecting. The Conservation Alliance and it’s outdoor industry members believe that their collective commitment to conservation is a responsibility.

Contributing close to $13 million since 1989, they combine funds to donate to grassroots environmental organizations to make big changes for conservation.

The alliance is 180+ members strong – they are standing together, and leaving their brand hats at the door to ensure that we have our wild places 100 years from now.

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Let’s get it done

Over the past 25 years, the collective commitment of the Conservation Alliance and its members have made big changes in conservation. And, it’s only the beginning.

member companies
million acres of wildlands saved
miles of rivers protected
million contributed since 1989
climbing areas purchased
million to disburse in 2014

“You don’t know if you’re doing the right thing, but you’re doing what you believe in.”

– Chuck Blixrud

Explore the Rocky Mountain Front and the Bob Marshall Wilderness

See the beauty of these landscapes firsthand by exploring the Rocky Mountain Front and the Bob Marshall Wilderness with two of the outfitters featured in the film.


  • The World Premiere of Common Ground

    The World Premiere of Common Ground

     A sold out crowd of over 500 people were at the High Camp theater for the world premiere of Common Ground at this year’s MountainFilm in Telluride! This year the theme of MountainFilm was […]

  • 2014 MountainFilm Premiere!

    2014 MountainFilm Premiere!

      It’s a honor to premiere ‘Common Ground’ at this year’s MountainFilm in Telluride! Check out the schedule HERE. We hope to see you there!    

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Alexandria Bombach

Director, Producer



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