America’s Great Outdoors

On Wednesday, Sally Jewell, President and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc, introduced President Obama as he unveiled the America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations Report.  REI was a founding member of The Conservation Alliance in 1989, is a Pinnacle Member of The Alliance today and remains active and influential in the success of the organization.

The report on America’s Great Outdoors focuses on connecting American to the great outdoors and the wildspaces of this land.  The AGO report leads with a chapter on the benefits of active, outdoor lifestyles and time spent in the great out-of-doors. The report also calls for the foundation of the Partnership for AGO, a coalition comprised of non-governmental stakeholders to promote innovation, augment partnerships and invest in the future of America’s great outdoors.

 Watch Sally’s introduction and President’s Obama’s speech above or by clicking here.

Learn more about America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations Report here


44,720 acres protected on the Eastern Front of the Wyoming Range


Due in large part to the dedicated work of Conservation Alliance grantee, Wyoming Outdoor Council, 44,270 acres along the Eastern Front of the Wyoming Range is now permantely protected from Oil and Gas Leases.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest released its final decision regarding the fate of 44,720 acres of contested oil and gas leases along the eastern front of the Range.  The U.S. Forest Service has listened to the public, the citizens of Wyoming and of the nation, who said this place is too special to drill.  After more than six years of uncertainty, the agency has decided it will not lease these acres for oil and gas development.

Learn more about this decision and the work of the Wyoming Outdoor Council here.


Take Action to Stop Pebble Mine!

Trout Unlimited Bear

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency took a big step toward the protection of Bristol Bay from the permitting of the 54-square-mile open-pit Pebble Mine.  Now it’s your turn to take action!

Help Conservation Alliance grantee Trout Unlimited gain support from Federal Representatives and Senators by clicking on the link below and sending a letter to Washington D.C.

Why Protect Bristol Bay?

The largest sockeye and king salmon runs on earth occur each year in the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, in the wild Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska. But development of the Pebble Mine could change that over night. Two foreign mining corporations plan to apply this year for government permits to dig a

54-square-mile open-pit giving them access to a mother lode of copper, gold and molybdenum. They’ve spent several hundred million dollars to that end. If they get those permits, their mine will leave behind a lot more than pebbles – rather an estimated 10 billion tons of heavy metals and toxic materials.

The Pebble Partnership assures “respectful resource development,” but last year’s BP oil spill and other lesser environmental disasters demonstrate the inevitable. When the mine’s toxic wastes one day find their way into local waters, the tens of millions of Bristol Bay salmon that today feed the world, and the people of the region who depend on them, will struggle to survive.

More than three quarters of Bristol

Bay-area residents oppose the Pebble Mine. But the State of Alaska refuses to take action to protect the wild rivers, fishing jobs, native cultures and wild salmon threatened by the Pebble Mine. We hope you’ll join us in opposing it, by calling on the federal government to say no to mining interests and instead protect our waters and wetlands in the Bristol Bay watershed.

  Take Action Now! Annouces The Conservation Alliance’s One Million Dollar Goal, a leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream, reported this week on The Conservation Alliance’s goal of awarding over 1 million dollars to grantees working to save our last wild places.  This announcement was first made at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast in Salt Lake City in mid-January.  The Alliance is poised to award the first half of this 1 million dollars in early April.
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EPA takes first step toward protecting Bristol Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that they would conduct a scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed, the location of the proposed Pebble Mine. 

Conservation Alliance grantee Trout Unlimited, along with federally-recognized Bristol Bay tribes and local business owners, have been working to prevent Pebble Mine, which could destroy 40,000 square miles of wetland and endanger the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

“Today’s announcement from the EPA is a great first step toward protecting Bristol Bay from the dangers of Pebble Mine,” said Tim Bristol, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “We are pleased the EPA is doing the right thing by starting a public process and gathering scientific data about how mining would have an impact on the health and environment of Bristol Bay.”

Read teh full EPA press release here.

Peter Metcalf Named Entrepreneur of the Year


Peter Metcelf


Congratulations to Peter Metcalf, CEO, president and co-founder of Black Diamond Equipment, for being named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year!  Peter is a long-time member of The Conservation Alliance, a passionate outdoorsman and has been defender of our most wild places for the entirety of his career.   

Here the whole story here.

Conservation Alliance board member Ted Manning says a lot in just 7 minutes.

Ted Manning, Conservation Alliance Board Member and Executive Vice President at Eastern Mountain Sports, recently spoke at the 2011 New Hampshire Environmental Policy Breakfast. 

In seven short minutes, Ted presents the importance of responsibility and environmental conservation from both a personal point of view and from a corporate stand point.  

Click play on the video below and spend 7 minutes of your day really listening to what Ted had to say.  It is worth your time!

After watching this video yesterday afternoon, John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance, commented,  "This is the best 7-minute talk about the importance of business and conservation I have seen in a long time."  

Eastern Mountain Sports is a Pinnacle Member of The Conservation Alliance.  Thanks to both Ted and Will for their continuing commitment to outdoor recreation and environmental conservation! 


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