History: Heart of the Continent Partnership
In February 2007, several groups involved with managing the public lands along the Minnesota/Ontario border, along with other organizations with a stake in the region’s ecological and economic health, began actively working to develop a long-term vision for this magnificent landscape. By May 2007, the group adopted statements of mission and common values, and agreed on an organizational structure as well as a name, the Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP).
HOCP is a nonpolicy partnership; as a group it will not take positions nor attempt to influence the policies of others. All told, at this time, more than 25 agencies and organizations are taking part in the HOCP, and participation is growing. (See Who’s Involved.)