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Permanent legal protection of critical streamflows in nearly 70 miles of the Colorado River!

 

In 2008, The Conservation Alliance awarded American Whitewater a grant to launch American Whitewater's Colorado River Stewardship Program to protect and restore water flows in streams throughout Colorado.

On November 30th, 2011, Instream-Flow water rights that protect streamflows critical to ecosystem health on the Upper Colorado was filed, ensuring that the Colorado River will be protected from future dams and diversions. This is the first-of-its-kind protection for streamflows in iconic sections of the Colorado River, including Gore Canyon, Pumphouse, and State Bridge.

To learn more about American Whitewater's work on the Upper Colorado River, click here.

 

White Rocks Acquisition Project a Success

 

Although this success officially took place back in February; The Conservation Alliance just learned about it – so to us – it's breaking news and we want to celebrate!

Because of the hard work of Conservation Alliance grantee, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 840 acres have been permanently protected in Pennsylvania. 

We supported the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's White Rocks Acquisition Project to preserve 1,050 acres of open space and wildlife habitat. In 2011, ATC purchased and protected 840 acres, which will enhance the Appalachian Trail experience and provide protection to critical groundwater recharge areas.

Read more about the acquisition and hiking opportunities here.

Are You Ready for Outdoor Retailer?

SAVE THE DATE:
The Conservation Alliance Breakfast
Featuring: To The Arctic
A multimedia presentation by wildlife photographer Florian Schulz
Friday, January 20, 2012 7-9 AM
The Marriott, Salons F-I, Salt Lake City
Click here for full details

Review of grant requests on the Winter 2012 ballot to follow.
Friday, January 20, 2012 9-10 AM
The Marriott, Salons F-I, Salt Lake City

The Canadian Cup

The Winter 2012 Outdoor Retailer trade show is just around the corner, and The Conservation Alliance has a full agenda planned, including our regular breakfast event mentioned above. The third annual hockey tournament in support of The Conservation Alliance is back again and even more Canadian than before. The venerable Canada Goose Cup as been re-named: The Canadian Cup for The Conservation Alliance.

Sponsored by Arc'teryx, Baffin and Canada Goose, the tournament will take place at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Industry Party on Thursday, January 19, from 6:00pm-8:30 pm in the Salt Palace. Fourteen teams will take to the "ice" to see who is worthy enough to take home the coveted "Cup".

Participants include Arc'teryx, Baffin, CamelBak, Canada Goose, Eddie Bauer, Nikwax, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Retailer, prAna, PrimaLoft, Rogers Corporation, Yukon Charlie's, and Woolrich. Come enjoy a fun night for a good cause!

The Conservation Alliance, partnering with member companies, will again host a number of fundraising events.  The full list of events will be announced in early January,so stay tuned!

 

GOA and Marmot raise more than $5K for The Conservation Alliance

Conservation Alliance members, Marmot Mountain, LLC and The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a buying group of nearly 36 independent specialty retailers, teamed up in October to raise $5,270 for the Conservation Alliance.

GOA and Marmot raised the funds through the sale of Marmot PreCip™ jackets and pants sold in 22 participating GOA stores. For each purchase of a Marmot PreCip™ jacket or pant, $10 was donated to the Conservation Alliance.

“The Marmot-GOA promotion is a perfect example of how manufacturers and retailers can work together to benefit conservation. The funds they raised will help us in our efforts to protect wild places throughout North America,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance.

“The Conservation Alliance is the only non-profit organization our Alliance supports as an organization. We’re extremely proud of their important work and want to do our part to help them succeed with their conservation efforts,” explains Roanne Miller, GOA President.

Participating GOA stores that helped to make the promotion a success were: Alpine Shop, Ltd., Appalachian Outdoors, Black Creek Outfitters BaseCamp, Black Creek Outfitters, Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Champaign Surplus, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Half Moon Outfitters, Massey’s Professional Outfitters, Midwest Mountaineering, Mountain Chalet, Mountain High Outfitters, Nat’s Outdoor Sports, River Sports Outfitters, Peak Sports, Rock Creek Outfitters, Skinny Skis, Travel Country Outdoors, Ute Mountaineer and Wilson’s Eastside Sports.

Tom Fritz, Marmot’s Vice President of Marketing adds, "Everyone at Marmot would like to thank all of the GOA stores that supported this promotion and the exceptional effort they put forth to raise much needed funds for The Conservation Alliance."

 For a slideshow promotion photos, click here.

Clean Up Day 2011: Eastern Mountain Sports

On September 13th, 2011, more than 100 volunteers from Eastern Mountain Sports, Briggs & Riley Travelware, EarthTec, NEMO Equipment, Jetboil, and Polartec came out to support the East Coast Backyard Collective.  This event was organized in conjuction with Eastern Mountain Sports' annual Anniversary Clean Up Day.

This great group of volunteers partnered with several local environmental organizations and spread out through the Monadnock region of New Hampshire to work on a variety of conservation and restoration projects.  To get an inside look at the work accomplished, check out this short video, thanks to our friends over at EMS.

Wilderness Bills Clear Senate Committee

Projects funded by The Conservation Alliance took an important step forward yesterday when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved five bills to protect more than 125,000 acres of Wilderness. Among the bills were three initiatives that would protect Wilderness in Washington, Oregon, and Tennessee, as follows:

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to add 22,100 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate parts of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers as Wild and Scenic.

The Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of 2011, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (both D-Ore.), to safeguard nearly 30,000 acres on Wassen Creek in Oregon’s Coast Range (map).

The Tennessee Wilderness Act, introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.), to protect nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest.

These bills now go to the full Senate for a vote, and then on to the House. While the politics for Wilderness in Washington are tricky right now, we are pleased that three of the campaigns we have supported have made progress.

The Condit Dam Breach: A Time-Lapse Video

Last Wednesday, the Condit Dam, on the White Salmon River in southeastern Washington, was breached. For more than 98 years, this 125-foot dam choked off passage to salmon and created a reservoir.  Work to remove this dam began 20 years ago.  In 1992, The Conservation Alliance provided funding to American Whitewater to start the process.  

Filmmaker and Conservation Alliance member, Andy Maser, captured this amazing time-lapse footage of the magnificent breach and the river’s primal tendency to return to its pervious form.

Ecologists are hopefully that the dam breach and resulting increase in water flow will restore the White Salmon River to the habitat it once was for fish, aquatic organisms, birds and mammals.

To learn move about this dramatic breach and the efforts put forth to make it possible, visit White Salmon Restored and American Whitewater.

Rocky Mountain Front May Get More Protection

 

Conservation Alliance members may recall that in 2006, our funding helped Montana Wilderness Association secure a permanent prohibition on new oil and gas development on 300,000 acres of public land on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. We received some good news today from Brian Sybert, Executive Director of MWA. 

"I wanted to share with you the exciting news that on Friday October 28th Senator Max Baucus announced that he is introducing in Congress the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Senator Baucus made the announcement before a room full of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts at Montana Outdoor Sports in Helena. While introduction of the Heritage Act in Congress is reason to celebrate there is much work to be done before the legislation is passed and signed by the President. We will now begin implementing an aggressive communications and grassroots campaign to build support for the Heritage Act and fend off opposition to the legislation."

It would be great to add this additional layer of protection to this special wild place.

Click here for a supportive editorial from the Helena Independent-Record.

The Condit Dam Came Down Today!

Today, at 12pm PST, the Condit Dam, located on the White Salmon River, in Washington State, was breached. 

Crews blasted a tunnel into the base of Condit Dam, effectively freeing the White Salmon for the first time in a century.  This is a landmark event and is reason to celebrate!

Visit White Salmon Restored and American Rivers to learn more about "The Year of the River" and the restoration of the White Salmon and Elwha Rivers.

 

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