We are pleased to announce the results of our Summer 2013 funding cycle. We have contributed $750,000 to the 19 organizations listed below. In 2013 we awarded a record $1.5 million in grants. Many great conservation opportunities lie ahead, and we're pleased to be able to support these important initiatives. Please check out the full summary of the Summer 2013 Funding Cycle by clicking here.
In August, 2013 the American River Conservancy completed the purchase of 1,059 acres of Cosumnes River canyon lands. These purchased lands protect an additional 1.5 miles of river canyon from future residential development on the North and Main Forks of the Cosumnes River immediately east and west of Highway 49 in both El Dorado and Amador Counties, California. The Cosumnes River is one of the last undammed river systems on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.
To learn more about American River Conservancy, click here.
The Boulder-White Clouds are Idaho at its best-stunning beauty, clear water and rich wildlife habitat. For decades, Idahoans have worked to conserve these mountains and strike a balance between protection, access and responsible use. That vision should move forward and our leaders in Washington, DC, should take note. It is imperative that this pristine land be used wisely and left whole and healthy for our kids and grandkids.
Idaho's public lands-especially special places like the Boulder-White Clouds-are important to Idahoans and all Americans. It's our responsibility to make sure they remain pristine and beautiful long into the future so act now!
Take a couple of minutes to make Boulder-White Clouds a national monument!
The Boulder-White Clouds of Central Idaho represent part of the largest unprotected landscape in the lower 48. For more than a decade, Idahoans have worked to protect this region through a collaborative legislative path that has been blocked by Congress's inability to get work done.
This spectacular area contains the headwaters of four major rivers and boasts important alpine regions, with 150 mountains over 10,000 feet. The abundance of habitat and winter range creates a sanctuary for elusive and threatened plant and animal species. This wild country is also the setting for numerous mining ghost towns and Native American sites including historic hunting and fishing grounds.
A national monument designation would benefit the area in a number of ways:
Protecting this landscape now and forever
Protecting high-quality habitat, pristine watersheds and rich historical sites
Creating jobs and economic opportunity
We need your help to break through the congressional gridlock and encourage President Barack Obama to designate the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument that would protect this pristine landscape, ensure wise use and leave it whole and healthy for your children and grandchildren.
Last week, Conservation Alliance grantee, The Thompson Divide Coalition, launched a new website. It's called ‘Faces of the Thompson Divide' and is designed to capture the stories of the people behind our local effort to protect more than 220,000 acres of public lands in the White River and Gunnison National Forests.
The website is just another example of the broad-based coalition united by one goal: protecting and preserving the Thompson Divide for the long-term.
‘Faces of the Thompson Divide' highlights the importance of the Thompson Divide in daily life, and the vibrant economy and the countless livelihoods the land supports. All of us — from the Roaring Fork to the North Fork, and from the Crystal River to the Colorado River valleys — have a stake in keeping the Thompson Divide the way it is. Continued additions to the website will only help reinforce this.
Cycle Greater Yellowstone – The First Great Ride in the Last Best Place – was created by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition as a way to inspire and educate people from around the country and world about the incomparable wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This fully supported cycling event saw nearly 700 cyclists pedal 460 miles through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem last week – from West Yellowstone to Ennis, Livingston, Cooke City, Cody, and Red Lodge, with additional field trips into Yellowstone National Park. Cyclists hailed from 44 states and five countries. Many had never previously visited Greater Yellowstone.
At the summit of Dead Indian Pass in Wyoming, cyclists and another 80 volunteers gazed in wonder across Sunlight Basin into the wild Absaroka Range. One cyclist told us that he'd ridden 50,000 miles across the United State and Europe, and that our Day 5 leg from Cooke City, Mont., to Cody, Wyo. was the most spectacular he'd ever pedaled. We even witnessed what might've been the largest bicycle bear jam ever – dozens stopped to watch a grizzly bear dine not 40 yards from the road near the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River on the Shoshone National Forest.
This leg dovetailed perfectly with our program the previous night at our campground at Pilot Creek, where we talked about the unique wild values of the Absaroka-Beartooth Front and how we're working on Shoshone National Forest and BLM management plans to ensure they remain this way. Our ability to protect this wildlife- and scenery-rich region has been significantly enhanced by funding from The Conservation Alliance. The Alliance has supported efforts to protect areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for years. Funding from the Conservation Alliance helped GYC protect 1.2-million acres in the Wyoming Range during the last decade. Conservation Alliance funding is currently supporting GYC efforts to protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Front.
We had a great turn out at the Wobble this year with nearly 200 participants! The theme was Way2Cool, and nearly everyone was wearing the Way2Cool Sunglasses given to all who signed up, costumes were encouraged and there was some great creativity. A big thanks to everyone that participated and to Montrail for organizing and hosting the event.
Max King and Rob Hollister set the course, which took runners through the Wasatch hills just outside of Salt Lake City, UT and featured stunning views of the city skyline. Byron Pittam, race organizer, passed out tons of prizes and was on course encouraging, sometime heckling runners with his megaphone. Everyone had a great time and the 18th Annual Montrail Wasatch Wobble raised more than $500 for The Conservation Alliance.
Here is what a few participants had to say:
TrailRunner/ Yitka Winn- "Highlight of OR, doing this every year now!"
Runner's World/ Lisa Jhung – She and Jessica have a friendly rivalry going every year at the Wobble. Lisa's been running the Wobble for years and loves it!
Runner's World/ Jeff Dengate- "This is so much fun!" (It was his first year running the Wobble)
To see more photos from the Wasatch Wobble, click here.
On Wednesday, August 21st, nearly two hundred member company representatives and friends came together to give back to the outdoors through their volunteer action.
At Wallace Park we welcomed friends from Yakima, Icebreaker, Merrell, KEEN, REI, Nau, Horny Toad and BrandLive. Volunteer teams migrated to Forest Park to remove invasive species, construct and improve trails. A few miles away at Columbia Headquarters, buses were being boarded by scores of additional folks ready to tackle a variety of projects in Sellwood Park, Baltimore Woods and Johnson Creek.
We also enjoyed visits from Woods Wheatcroft and Grant Gosch who were on hand to document some of the day's stories. Look for more photos on our Facebook page.
Many thanks to Columbia for providing lunch and bringing out 100+ volunteers, to the mighty Yakimites for joining in the fun and bringing the next largest group, to KEEN for rocking it with the PA and games, and to all of the amazing folks who planned and organized from Marrell, Nau, Horny Toad, Icebreaker and BrandLive.
The Portland Backyard Collective has become a high mark for our season which will culminate this October in Boulder after our NE event hosted in Concord, MA by Vibram in September.
Through volunteer action, celebration and conversation, the Backyard Collective is one expression of our gratitude to member companies. We appreciate all the ways in which they support the noble work of preserving wild places in Oregon, and across North America.
More than 10,000 people float the Lower John Day River each year from Clarno to Cottonwood, drawn by its exciting rapids, meandering bends and thriving fishery, which includes wild steelhead, salmon and bull trout. In addition, the Lower John Day River canyons provide habitat for an abundance of wildlife including mule deer, elk, big horn sheep,and antelope.
To ensure that this stretch of federally designated Wild and Scenic River remains the recreation and wildlife haven it is today, the 54,300-acre Lower John Day Wilderness Proposal lands are in need of permanent protection.
With permanent protection, this wildlife and primitive recreation beacon can remain as it is for future generations to enjoy!
To learn more about the Lower Jon Day River, click here.