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CONSERVATION ALLIANCE AWARDS $450,000 IN GRANTS TO 17 ORGANIZATIONS

The Conservation Alliance sent checks totaling $450,000 to 17 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance’s first disbursal of funding for 2008, and represent the largest single funding round in the organization’s history. This round brings total giving to $6.5 million since the organization’s founding in 1989

By a vote of the group’s 155 member companies, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 17 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization (Location)                                      Amount
American Whitewater (Cullowhee, NC)                  $25,000
Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston, MA) & Trust for Public Land (Montpelier, VT)  $30,000
Audubon Alaska (Anchorage, AK)  $30,000
Campaign to Save the Roan Plateau (Carbondale, CO)  $20,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Ottawa, ON)  $30,000
Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle, WA)  $30,000
Colorado Mountain Club (Carbondale, CO)  $20,000
Colorado Wild (Durango, CO)  $20,000
Conservation Northwest (Bellingham, WA)  $25,000
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (Bozeman, MT)  $30,000
Idaho Conservation League (Boise, ID)  $20,000
Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Fairbanks, AK)  $30,000
Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bend, OR)  $30,000
Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, NC)  $30,000
Trout Unlimited/Alaska (Juneau, AK)  $30,000
WaterWatch of Oregon (Portland, OR)  $25,000
West Virginia Wilderness Coalition (Morgantown, WV)  $25,000 
                                                                    Total $450,000

“We are proud to once again make the largest grant disbursal in our history,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “Our member companies continue to recognize that protected wild places are important to the outdoor industry.”

This round of grant recipients reflects the geographic distribution of Conservation Alliance members. Conservation Alliance funds will support efforts to: secure new wilderness designations in West Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; protect wild rivers in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington; halt oil and gas development on public lands in Wyoming and Colorado; protect private forest lands in Maine; and expand park boundaries in Canada.

Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company.

“Our members do a terrific job identifying projects for funding,” said Sterling.

This is the first grant disbursement The Conservation Alliance has made in 2008. The Alliance plans a second $450,000 funding cycle in October.

“We are on track to contribute $900,000 in 2008,” said Sterling. “That’s a significant investment in protecting our wild places.”

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF GRANTS

1. American Whitewater (Cullowhee, NC): Colorado Stewardship Program to protect and restore water flows in streams throughout Colorado.

2. Appalachian Mountain Club/Trust for Public Land-Vermont (Montpelier, VT): Mahoosuc Campaign to protect key natural and recreational areas in the Mahoosuc region of New Hampshire and Maine.

3. Audubon Alaska (Anchorage, AK): Alaska Conservation Program to build support to protect key Alaska wildlands including the Tongass National Forest and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

4. Campaign to Save Roan Plateau (Carbondale, CO): Oil & Gas Development Campaign to protect the public lands on Colorado’s Roan Plateau.

5. Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (Ottawa, ON): Nahanni Forever Campaign to protect the 7-million-acre South Nahanni River Watershed in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

6.  Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle, WA): Boulder Falls Acquisition Campaign to protect Boulder Falls on Washington State’s Boulder River, a site threatened by a proposed hydroelectric dam.

7. Colorado Mountain Club (Carbondale, CO): ORV Management Plan Campaign to secure a network of non-motorized recreation designations on public lands throughout Colorado.

8. Colorado Wild (Durango, CO): Wolf Creek Pass Development Campaign to protect key habitat in the Southern Rockies from a proposed development on Wolf Creek Pass.

9. Conservation Northwest (Bellingham, WA): Columbia Highlands Initiative to protect 350,000 acres of wilderness, and restore 300,000 acres of forests in Eastern Washington.

10. Greater Yellowstone Coalition (Bozeman, MT): Wyoming Range Campaign to protect the 1.2-million-acre Wyoming Range from proposed oil and gas development.

11. Idaho Conservation League (Boise, ID): Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Campaign to protect 320,000 acres of wildlands in central Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds Mountains.

12. Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Fairbanks, AK): Yukon Flats Refuge Campaign to protect three areas in Alaska’s Yukon from oil development.

13. Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bend, OR): Badlands Wilderness Campaign to secure Wilderness designation for 30,000 acres of desert wildlands in central Oregon.

14. Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, NC): Tennessee Wilderness Campaign to permanently protect 18,000 acres of public land in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest.

15. Trout Unlimited Alaska Program (Juneau, AK): Pebble Mine Campaign to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from a proposed open-pit gold-copper mine in the bay’s headwaters.

16. WaterWatch of Oregon (Portland, OR): Free the Rogue Campaign to remove Savage Rapids Dam and other barriers to fish passage and river recreation on Oregon’s Rogue River.

17. West Virginia Wilderness Coalition (Morgantown, WV): Wild Monongahela Wilderness Campaign to protect more than 70,000 acres of public land in the Monongahela National Forest.

CONSERVATION ALLIANCE MEMBERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS

Conservation Alliance members with Rep. Mary Bono Mack whose proposal would protect 190,000 acres in California.

A group of four Conservation Alliance members traveled to Washington DC to talk to members of Congress about the importance of securing new Wilderness designations in Southern California.

Representatives from The North Face, Eagle Creek, Outdoor Industry Association, and The Conservation Alliance spent two days in meetings with 16 Congressional offices to show support for legislation that would protect 192,000 acres of federal land in Riverside County. The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act would add nearly 80,000 acres to the Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness, and protect 31 miles of desert rivers as Wild and Scenic.

The Conservation Alliance organized the trip in conjunction with the California Wild Heritage Campaign (www.californiawild.org) a recent Conservation Alliance grant recipient.

“This effort would protect iconic wild places in Southern California,” said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance Executive Director. “These lands are within two hours of 22 million people. Our members recognize the importance of preserving these frontcountry recreational destinations.”

Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Mary Bono Mack have teamed up to shepherd the legislation through Congress. All of the lands are in Rep. Bono Mack’s Congressional district.

The Conservation Alliance has 27 member companies based in California, most of which have endorsed protection for these Riverside County areas. Trip participants included Conrad Anker (The North Face), Adam Ziegelman (Eagle Creek), Todd Keller (Outdoor Industry Association), and Sterling.

 

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