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Visit our events page for a complete list of Conservation Alliance events and sales at Outdoor Retailer, August 5-8, 2015.

Celebrate Our Public Lands

Join The Conservation Alliance, OIA, and Outdoor Alliance
Caffe Molise, 55 100 South
August 5, 4:30-6 PM

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Live Monumental Party

Celebrate projects funded by The Conservation Alliance
KEENfest, W Temple St.
August 6, 5:30-9 PM

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We contribute every dime of our members’ dues to grantees, and don’t take a percentage for our operational expenses. Each brand below will be selling gear at the Outdoor Retailer show at a discounted price, and a percentage of the proceeds–10 to 100 percent– will go directly to The Conservation Alliance. These donations cover a significant portion of our operating expenses every year.

If you’d like to host a fundraiser, please contact Serena at serena@conservationalliance.com for more information.

Ambassador Profile: Chelsea Pawlek, Supply Chain Manager at Ibex Outdoor Clothing, Inc.

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Conservation Alliance Ambassadors are the next generation of key influencers and leaders in the outdoor industry, and they serve as a conduit for spreading the word about Conservation Alliance programs and grantee activities within their respective companies.  They volunteer their time, going above and beyond the duties of their full-time jobs at member companies.  Our ambassadors are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, and exceptional people. 

Today, we’d like you to meet Chelsea Pawlek, Supply Chain Manager at Ibex Outdoor Clothing, located in Vermont. She has been an active volunteer for The Conservation Alliance over the past two years, serving on our Advocacy Committee, and participating in our annual trip to Washington, DC.  She will begin serving a three-year term on The Conservation Alliance Board in August. 

What made you want to be an Ambassador for The Conservation Alliance? 

The Conservation Alliance is a lot like Ibex: an organization that looks for change and can activate it quickly. I wanted to engage the Alliance to push myself to be a better activist and my company to be a more involved member. The Alliance staff is so welcoming, they made it easy to participate and add value.

Where would you like to see The Alliance 25 years from now? 

I would love to see The Alliance even more active in conservation lobbying efforts in Washington, DC. The Alliance has made great efforts in the past two years to include Ambassadors in their spring lobbying trip, creating a growing group of better informed activists. I would love to see this continue to develop and create an even more powerful lobbying effort to protect our wild places.

What areas of conservation are you most passionate about? 

Keeping our rivers and waterways free flowing and clean inspires me to work hard for conservation. Our New England landscape is defined by our many streams, rivers, and lakes. As the climate changes, we need to create large shifts in how we treat our water resources to ensure we cannot only paddle in fifty years, but can drink that water as well.

Favorite outdoor activity?

A day without getting outside is a sad day, so I do many outdoor activities. If I have to pick one, it’s getting friends outside on the water. We own a small fleet of water crafts and I love introducing people to kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. A long day on the water followed by a BBQ at home is my idea of a perfect day. Having my dog join me paddling is an added bonus.

Most eye opening experience for the need of conservation. 

My parents took me canoeing down the CT River when I was growing up. At the time, the local sewage plant emptied a portion of their runoff directly into a brook connected to the river. Dead fish would be floating in a murky sea of chemicals and trash. As a child this shocked me and instilled for life the need for protection. The brook now runs clean and Ibex participates in an annual cleanup of that same river called Source to Sea.

Words of motivation to get others inspired.

The Conservation Alliance will engage you as much as you engage them. Get out there and get involved! If you’re interested in lobbying, go to DC this spring – go! The Conservation Alliance staff is amazing and the more people who help out the more success we will have.

Scott Whipps, Peter Metcalf, and Chelsea Pawlek Elected to The Conservation Alliance Board

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We are pleased to announce the results of The Conservation Alliance Board Elections. We had three positions up for election (or re-election), and five outstanding candidates running to fill these seats. By a vote of our membership, Scott Whipps was elected to a second term, and Chelsea Pawlek and Peter Metcalf were chosen as new directors.

Scott Whipps is Clif Bar and Company’s Director of Sports Retail for North America. He has served on The Conservation Alliance board for the past three years and is our current board chair.

Peter Metcalf is Founder and CEO of Black Diamond Equipment. He is a long-time participant in Conservation Alliance activities and a leading voice for conservation in the outdoor industry.

Chelsea Pawlek is Supply Chain Manager at Ibex Outdoor Clothing. She has been an active volunteer for The Conservation Alliance over the past two years, serving on our Advocacy Committee, and participating in our annual trip to Washington, DC.

We are honored to add Chelsea and Peter to our board, and to retain Scott as our board chair. In other board news, we reported last month that we also have new board representatives from founding members The North Face and Kelty. Ann Krcik succeeds Aaron Carpenter in filling The North Face’s permanent board seat, and Eric Greene takes over for Geoff O’Keeffe in the Kelty seat. We look forward to integrating four new board members into our organization!

Filson and American Rivers Work Together to Protect Wild Rivers


Nooksack RIver, WA Photo: Bonnie Rice

 

The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Awards are given to members who provide outstanding support to Conservation Alliance grantees. Our third award will be presented to Filson at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast event on August 6, 2015. Filson and American Rivers are providing opportunities for river enthusiasts to come together around a shared passion for protecting wild rivers.  Filson was nominated for this award by Wendy McDermot, Associate Director of the Washington Conservation Programs at American Rivers. Below is an excerpt from Wendy’s nomination:  

On October 1, 2014, Filson hosted the first annual Seattle Wild Rivers Night, an evening of inspirational films and presentations about the rivers of Washington state and the environmental issues they face. Filson donated use of their event space at their new corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle. Nearly 200 river enthusiasts attended the event providing exposure not only to American Rivers, but also to seven other conservation and recreation organizations and businesses. Additionally, Filson donated items valued at nearly $1000 to the event’s silent auction. Seattle Wild Rivers Night was wildly successful thanks to the kindness and support of Filson.

On February 18, 2015, Filson hosted a celebration of the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act which permanently protected almost 40 river miles as Wild and Scenic and just over 22,000 acres as Wilderness. The celebration was coordinated by members of the Alpine Lakes Working Group, which includes American Rivers. Special guests included congressional sponsors of the Act: Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. Gray Madden, Filson’s President, provided the evening’s welcome and opening remarks. Gray spoke about the importance of protected places and the recreation economy to his company and beyond. Once again, Filson generously donated their event space and made us feel very welcomed.

Filson has nominated American Rivers for funding from The Conservation Alliance for many years. They also donate 1% of their fishing wader sales to American Rivers. Filson has been a wonderful partner to American Rivers, and Amy Terai, Filson’s Marketing Manager, is tremendous to work with. Filson truly deserves to receive an Outstanding Partnership Award from The Conservation Alliance.

Ambassador Profile: Jeff Sermak, Marketing Coordinator at Eagle Creek Travel Gear

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Conservation Alliance Ambassadors are the next generation of key influencers and leaders in the outdoor industry, they care passionately about protecting the wild places we play, and they serve as a conduit for spreading the word about Conservation Alliance programs and grantee activities within their respective companies.

Conservation Alliance Ambassadors volunteer their time, going above and beyond the duties of their full-time jobs at member companies.  Our ambassadors are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, and exceptional people.  We are excited to introduce them to you. Today, we’d like you to meet Jeff Sermak from Eagle Creek

What made you want to be an Ambassador for The Conservation Alliance? 
In short, the people and The Conservation Alliance’s impact on our wild places.

The people that come together to grow The Conservation Alliance’s reach truly are one of a kind.  I was first introduced to The Conservation Alliance when Steve Barker (board member) and Serena visited the Eagle Creek office. Their passion had me hooked, and I wanted to get involved. Learning about all of the great efforts of The Conservation Alliance made it a no-brainer.

Where would you like to see The Alliance in another 25 years from now?
Being a traveler, I would love to see The Conservation Alliance become a global organization. Traveling is an eye opening experience, and I am shocked by the global wilderness devastation. I’d love to see The Conservation Alliance leading the global charge to protect the earth’s wild places.

What areas of conservation are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about preservation and access. I want my nieces and nephews, kids and grandkids to enjoy and experience to wonders of wilderness. There is nothing more magical than to spend time outdoors in mountains and valleys with no city lights staring up at a clear starry sky.

Favorite outdoor activity?
So many to choose from. Decisions… Decisions… I’d have to say hiking and fly fishing.  Even better is the combination of hiking to alpine lakes to fly fish in complete serenity.

Favorite Wilderness or national park?
Gosh, it is hard to pick one. The Inyo National Forest is my home away from home. Inside that though, my favorite wilderness would be the Owens River Headwaters. Some of my greatest memories have been made there, and I still go back for an annual trip with my dad.

Most eye opening experience for the need of conservation?
I traveled for three weeks through China and I spent a week of it on the Yangtze River. During that time they were constructing a new dam and today a lot of what I experienced is now under water. Little villages were completely destroyed and no one will ever get to experience the same opportunity I had.

What is a recent book you read that you recommend?
Wilderness Book: The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage Through the Wilderness Act by: Doug Scott.
Business Book:  The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by: Patrick Lencioni.

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Get out of your comfort zone, volunteer, and share your passion for the outdoors. Not only will it make you feel great, but by introducing new people to wilderness you can teach them the importance of preserving it for future generations to enjoy and discover.

Tuleyome and Juniper Ridge Work Together to Protect the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region


Hall and Obi (wilderness perfumers) from Juniper Ridge, and Sara Husby, Tuleyome’s campaign director, on Walker Ridge. Walker Ridge is public land in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region included in the proposed national monument. 

The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Awards are given to members who provide outstanding support to Conservation Alliance grantees.  We’re excited to announce Juniper Ridge as the second 2015 Outstanding Partnership Award recipient for their commitment to protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. Juniper Ridge has a unique connection to the native plants found in this region, and they are deeply committed to protecting the landscape. Conservation Alliance grantee, Tuleyome, nominated Juniper Ridge for this award for their ongoing support to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Campaign. Juniper Ridge will be presented with an award at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast event on August 6, 2015.  

Following are a few words about this outstanding partnership from Charlotte Orr at Tuleyome:

Juniper Ridge partnered with Tuleyome to spread the word about protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region as a national monument. To support this campaign, they donated part of their profits and supported our fundraising efforts with in-kind donations and silent auction items. We are hoping (pushing) to see a national monument designation from President Obama before the end of the year.

Juniper ridge exemplifies the conservation ethic in business practices.  We are grateful for Obi and Hall’s passion for preserving our wild backyard – and are excited that Juniper Ridge won the partnership award from Conservation Alliance. They really deserve it!

 Watch Juniper Ridge and Tuleyome talk about their connection to the Berryessa Snow Mountain region with Sacramento news station CBC 13:
 

Project Update: Inyo National Forest Recommends Six Wilderness Areas


Grouse Mountain, CA Photo: Todd Vogel

Guest contributor Jora Fogg is the Preservation Coordinator for Friends of the Inyo, a Conservation Alliance grantee.  Jora is leading Friends of the Inyo through the Inyo forest planning revision process, commenting on public lands projects and leading exploration outings to special places in the Eastern Sierra.  

Over the past two years, Friends of the Inyo has worked toward permanent protections for the nearly half a million acres of Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRA) found on the Inyo National Forest, a landscape where Great Basin, Mojave and Sierra Nevada ecosystems merge. These lands provide wildlife corridors, support species’ resilience and adaptation to climate change, while simultaneously ensuring future generations can enjoy these wild places.

The Inyo National Forest management plan is currently being revised and is one of the first forests to use a new Planning Rule. This rule requires the Forest Service to identify and evaluate lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and determines whether to recommend any such lands for wilderness designation. Since December of 2014 the Inyo National Forest has been working on an evaluation of the wilderness characteristics and manageability of each area in their completed inventory.  Just last week the Forest released the results of their evaluation with potential recommendations of areas, along with maps and narratives.

The Inyo National Forest is recommending six wilderness areas, which include three potential new areas in the Glass Mountains and Deep Springs areas, and three additions to existing wilderness in the South Sierra and White Mountains.  Friends of the Inyo is pleased to see these recommendations are consistent with our recommendations presented to the USFS in October 2014. The report and its accompanying maps can be viewed here.

The identification and evaluation of areas for wilderness recommendation will be included as an appendix in the draft and final Environmental Impact Statements expected in September or October 2015.  The final wilderness recommendations by the Forest Supervisor are the next logical steps in achieving protective designations. Friends of the Inyo will work closely with grassroots advocates, local politicians and Forest Service staff to make sure these recommendations carry over to the final plan due out in late 2016.


Looking west towards the potential 17,440 acre Glass Mountain Wilderness   Photo Credit: Drew Foster

Save the Date: The Conservation Alliance Breakfast presents “Colder”, a presentation by Eric Larsen

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

7AM-9AM
The Marriott City Creek, Salons F-I
Salt Lake City, UT

On May 6th 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters reached the geographic North Pole, completing a 480-mile land-to-pole unsupported and unaided traverse from Canada’s Northern Ellesmere Island. Called Last North, the journey is easily one of the most difficult expeditions on the planet to a place that few people understand that may be the last of its kind in history. In the past explorer’s have famously quipped, ‘because it’s there,’ but the reason for Eric Larsen’s journey stands in stark contrast, ‘because it might not be there in the future.

Colder is dramatic retelling of the Last North expedition with additional stories from two decades of extreme expeditions.  From these first-hand accounts, Eric will share how these last great frozen wildernesses are being affected by climate change.

Eric Larsen is a polar adventurer, expedition guide, and educator, who has spent the past 20 years traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. To date,  Eric has completed more polar expeditions than any other American in history. Included in that list are the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole as well as a world record expedition to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest all within a 365-day period.  


Photo: Eric Larsen

Ambassador Profile: Vince Mazzuca, Marketing Manager, Ruffwear

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Conservation Alliance Ambassadors are the next generation of key influencers and leaders in the outdoor industry, they care passionately about protecting the wild places we play, and they serve as a conduit for spreading the word about Conservation Alliance programs and grantee activities within their respective companies.

Conservation Alliance Ambassadors volunteer their time, going above and beyond the duties of their full-time jobs at member companies.  Our ambassadors are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, and exceptional people.  We are excited to introduce them to you over the next few months.  To kick off the series, we’d like you to meet Vince Mazzuca from Ruffwear

What made you want to be an Ambassador for The Conservation Alliance?

The results and the people. I have worked for member companies since starting my career in the Outdoor Industry and have always been in awe of the direct impact that the grant funds have on regional conservation initiatives.

As for the people, the staff and volunteers associated with The Conservation Alliance are the best.

Where would you like to see The Alliance in another 25 years from now? 

I would love to see The Alliance become a household name, recognized by the consumer and trade alike across multiple industries. Within the outdoor industry, we are pretty familiar with The Conservation Alliance, but the importance of conservation is not limited to our industry. We all benefit from the work that the Alliance and grantees are accomplishing.

What areas of conservation are you most passionate about? 

Preservation and access. Preservation is so important for keeping our wild places wild. At the same time, access is just as important. People find their connection to our wild places by experiencing them. Without personal connection, it is easy for people to be complacent with conservation issues. I, personally, would not have the connection that I have without having spent nights in alpine meadows under the stars.

Favorite outdoor activity?

If I only have the choice of one activity, it is climbing. I like all types of climbing, but am most inspired by long days in the mountains on alpine routes.

Favorite Wilderness or national park?

I don’t think this can truly be answered. I have been to some amazing wild places, but the diversity of these places makes them impossible to compare against each other. I have fond memories of climbing trips to the Eastern Sierras, the Adirondacks, the Northern Cascades and all over the south east.

What is a recent book you read that you recommend?

I am actually currently reading a book about the start of the Best Friends Animal Society Animal Sanctuary in Southern Utah, nestled next to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is a pretty incredible story of a band of friends coming together to purchase 3,000 acres of wildspace to set up the world’s largest no-kill sanctuary for all kinds of animals. I spent at week at the Sanctuary recently as was blown away by the work they are doing to improve the lives of homeless animals, train them and find them a new home.  “Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary” by Samantha Glen.

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Get involved! There are many ways to get involved with The Conservation Alliance. We are always looking for new Ambassadors and folks willing to provide a little assistance with regional events like Backyard Collectives and Wild Drinks, as well as events at trade shows like Outdoor Retailer. It’s fun, it makes a difference and the people are awesome.

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