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Outstanding Partnership Award Series: Black Diamond Committed to Protecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Photo:  Greater Yellowstone Coalition

 Earlier this month, we announced the winners of our Outstanding Partnership award. The award recognizes member companies who go above and beyond in building relationships with Conservation Alliance grantees. TheGreater Yellowstone Coalition is one of two grantees who nominated Black Diamond as an outstanding partner.

“Black Diamond has supported the work of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for nearly a decade and has gone above and beyond the typical corporate sponsor relationship.  In fact, Black Diamond far exceeds other companies we have partnered with in its passion, commitment, and deep appreciation of measures needed to help a non-profit organization such as ours exceed in carrying out its mission.

In 2007, Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf was the keynote speaker at the GYC Annual Meeting.  As a high caliber, professional speaker, Peter drew hundreds of GYC members from around the country to attend and learn about emerging science and best ways to help protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

In addition to providing financial support, Black Diamond continues to help GYC meet its mission by helping us succeed in a variety of ways:

  • Black Diamond has hosted events at their headquarters to promote the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and recruit community members from Salt Lake City as supporters of GYC.
  • Black Diamond has pitched GYC membership to employees, asking them to support GYC and offering matching donations to those who sign up.
  • Black Diamond has supported employees as volunteers for running events in Jackson, Wyoming. In such activities, runners selected GYC as the recipient of any funds accumulated, again helping GYC in new and innovative ways.
  • Black Diamond regularly donates products to our silent auctions, benefiting both our supporters and the mission of the organization.
And all of this is in addition to what Black Diamond does as a Conservation Alliance partner, helping fund the conservation work of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition as well as other conservation organizations across the nation. We are in awe of their commitment to organizations such as ours, and we cannot say enough about our appreciation of their partnership and their vision for a better future in conservation.”

Outstanding Member Awards: Eagles Nest Outfitters & Wild South

Upper Bald River, TN  Photo: Bill Hodge

Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), located in Ashville, North Carolina was nominated by Conservation Alliance grantee, Wild South, for their outstanding efforts to be the conservation in the South Eastern United States.  ENO has been an outstanding partner of Wild South for many years and the two organizations share a very special common ground; their mutual passion and respect for protection our last wild places.

ENO not only recognizes that protecting places for their customers to recreate means their products are more widely used, but their personal beliefs and passions also reflect Wild South’s mission – inspire people to ENJOY, VALUE and PROTECT.

ENO has been instrumental in creating and implementing a social media campaign, “Wild South Wednesday”, which has successfully engaged customers and retailers with the work of Wild South.

ENO also provides financial and in-kind support to Wild South, helping to fund and promote their conservation work across the South.  This year, ENO and Wild South are working on a design for a special edition Wild South hammock. These hammocks will be purchased by retailer supports and $10 from every hammock is donated to Wild South.

Through their many actions, ENO is an all-around supporter of Wild South. Their participation, leadership and support has opened new doors for Wild South to build coalitions of support for wild lands protection.

As a new member of the Conservation Alliance, ENO nominated Wild South for funding, which led to the award of a $25,000 Conservation Alliance grant for the Tennessee Wild Campaign.  When successful, this campaign will add 20,000 acres of Wilderness to Eastern Tennessee.

ENO understands the important role they play in protecting Southern landscapes. ENO recognizes their headquarters being in Asheville, NC places them as THE leader for advocating for the South. ENO firmly stands to lead and rally their partners, retailers and associates to support the Southern Appalachians, a place dear to the hearts of their staff and customers. This makes a MAJOR impact on the work of Wild South.  ENO stand alone as THE major advocate and supporter for Southern wild places and wild things.

Photo Credit: Bill Hodge

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks in New Mexico is our newest national monument.

Organ Mountains, NM Photo: TwoTone777

Breaking news from The Wilderness Society:

New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks officially became a new national monument on May 21, riding a wave of local support and fulfilling a promise made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address to “protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.”

President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, as he has already done for places like California’s Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. The campaign to protect the area, which will include wildlands perfect for hiking, camping and hunting, was driven by local governments, tribal leaders, ranchers, sportsmen and conservation groups. An Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is supported by almost 3 out of 4 area residents, and studies suggest that new monument status would also solidify the region’s standing as a premier travel destination and boost jobs and economic activity.

Thank President Obama for protecting Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks!

 Learn more about our newest National Monument at www.wilderness.org.

Photo: Dona Ana Mountains, New Mexico. Credit: TwoTone777

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument to be Designated Wednesday

Dona Ana Mountains, NM  Photo: Lisa Mandelkern

We are celebrating this morning after learning that on Wednesday, President Obama will sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico.

Conservation Alliance grantee, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, has been leading the effort to secure protection for the area for the past decade and we have made three grants to the effort totaling $100,000 since 2009.

The new national monument will cover 450,000 acres including the Organ Mountains, the Robledo Mountains northwest of Las Cruces, the Doña Ana Mountains north of Las Cruces; the Potrillo Mountains in the southwestern part of the county; and the Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains in the Hatch region.

The Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument is by far the largest of Obama’s monument’s to date. It is also significant that this is the first time Obama will declare a monument over the wishes of the local Congressman. New Mexico’s two Senators strongly support the designation, but Congressman Steve Pearce opposes. It is encouraging that the President is willing to act despite some opposition. Senators Heinrich and Udall will eventually introduce legislation to designate roughly half of the monument as Wilderness.

“I want to thank President Obama for protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, one our state and national treasures,” said New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules. “They are the crossroads of New Mexico’s diverse history and culture and are home to flowering cacti, bald eagles and pronghorn antelope as well as over 10,000 years of human history. This designation is good for New Mexico’s economy, environment, and cultural history.”

To learn more, read the full story from the Las Cruces paper here.

Photo Credit: Lisa Mandelkern

Outstanding Partnership Stories: The Forest Group and American River Conservancy Join Forces to Protect California Rivers

Photo: Douglas Parks

From American River Conservancy:

“The Forest Group has been an excellent partner and advocate for the American River Conservancy, both locally and as a national voice for ARC as a member of The Conservation Alliance.  The Forest Group staff always goes out of their way to help make ARC’s projects visible to The Conservation Alliance community and member groups.  All of the American River Conservancy’s grant proposals have been nominated by The Forest Group staff.  In addition, staff-member Mary Maliff has been extremely helpful in navigating the corporate world for ARC, and has provided invaluable advice and insights into how to approach potential partners for projects.  The Forest Group staff is active in the local community, and it shows!

Thank you to everyone at The Forest Group. ”

Photo: Douglas Parks

The Conservation Alliance Announces 2014 Outstanding Partnership Awards

Black Diamond Equipment, Eagles Nest Outfitters and The Forest Group honored for partnering with Alliance grantees.

Black Diamond Equipment, Eagles Nest Outfitters and The Forest Group have been selected as the winners of The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014. The award recognizes member companies who go above and beyond in building relationships with Conservation Alliance grantees.

All Conservation Alliance grantees from the past two years were invited to nominate member companies for recognition. Each nomination described how the company engaged in a meaningful partnership to help the organization succeed in its conservation work.

“The Outstanding Partnership Award brings to light the commitment our members have for the work of our grantees,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “We are thrilled to celebrate the direct interaction between our members and the conservation groups in their communities. By telling their stories, we hope to encourage more of these partnerships.”

Grantee Wild South nominated Eagles Nest Outfitters, Inc. (ENO) for a partnership that has spanned many years and is based on a mutual passion and respect for protecting our wild places.

“ENO has become one of THE voices for southern – especially Southeastern – conservation and has been an outstanding partner of Wild South for years,” said Ben Colvin, Development Director, Wild South. “Eagles Nest Outfitters not only recognize that having places to recreate means their products are more heavily used, but also ENO’s personal beliefs and passions also reflect Wild South’s mission – inspire people to ENJOY, VALUE and PROTECT.”

Black Diamond Equipment, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, was nominated by both Southern Utah Wilderness Association (SUWA) and Greater Yellowstone Conservation Coalition (GYC). Black Diamond has been a long-time supporter and advocate for both organizations.

“Black Diamond is a Conservation Alliance partner, helping fund the conservation work of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition as well as other conservation organizations across the nation,” said Donna Watson Lawson, GYC. “We are in awe of the company’s commitment to organizations such as ours, and we cannot say enough about our appreciation of their partnership and their vision for a better future in conservation.”

“Black Diamond has consistently and courageously been a partner in working to protect Utah’s wild places,” said Deeda Seed, SUWA. “In particular, Black Diamond has stood with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance with undaunted advocacy for protection of Utah’s Redrock Wilderness.  The company has manifested this commitment in every way that matters.”

The Forest Group, an Outdoor Industry executive search firm based in Lotus, California, was nominated by grantee American River Conservancy (ARC) for its invaluable support, advocacy and local, on-the-ground involvement in protecting the rivers of California.

“The Forest Group has been an excellent partner and advocate for the American River Conservancy, both locally and as a national voice for ARC as a member of The Conservation Alliance,” said Elena DaLacy, ARC.

Beginning on Friday, May 16, The Conservation Alliance will profile an Outstanding Partnership story on the Alliance blog (www.conservationalliance.com/blog). The Outstanding Partnership Award is an annual initiative.

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