March 07, 2014 by Serena Bishop
The Winter Olympics have just ended in Sochi, Russia. The only Olympian who has ever won multiple medals at both summer and winter games - also the Canadian who carried that country's flag into the 2010 Vancouver Olympics -was in Sochi as a commentator, with her infectious enthusiasm and megawatt smile. But there's much more to Clara Hughes, who dominated women's international speed-skating and road cycling competitions for nearly 20 years! Among her many passions, she has a special link with large-scale landscape conservation in Canada's Northwest Territories.
We invite you to take a moment right now to travel to the magical Canadian north with Clara and learn more about her connection with the people of Lutsel K'e in the NWT and their traditional homeland of Thaidene Nene at the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
Clara journeyed to the NWT twice in recent years: first to kayak with her husband Peter from Yellowknife to Lutsel K'e on Great Slave Lake, a distance of over 150 miles; the second by invitation of CPAWS and the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, to experience this great land in the winter and help raise awareness of their efforts to establish a nearly 8.2 million acre national park reserve.
Inspired by her love of the land, water and people of the area, Clara has become an important advocate for protecting Thaidene Nene: the Land of the Ancestors. This is an unparalleled opportunity for large landscape conservation, not just for the benefit of the Lutsel K'e Dene, but for North America. There isn't another place like it. We think you'll agree when you check out this series of short videos featuring Clara, while she was out on the land of Thaidene Nene with community members.
Filming took place in April 2013, when the sun is high in the sky but it is still very much winter. Her trip coincided with the community's Spring Festival, which included an ice fishing derby and hand games (traditional Dene team games with drums) tournament - high spirits all around made for an amazing time out on the land.
Check it out for yourself here and learn about Lutsel K'e and Thaidene Nene through Clara's eyes and experiences. You can watch additional videos and find out more about Thaidene Nene at www.landoftheancestors.ca.
The Conservation Alliance is generously supporting work by CPAWS and the Lutsel K'e Dene to protect Thaidene Nene.
Photo: Amos Scott
March 05, 2014 by Serena Bishop
Yesterday, Congress voted to designate the first new Wilderness since the Omnibus passed in 2009. Hopefully a sign of things to come!
Congress approved its first wilderness bill since 2009 on Tuesday when the House voted unanimously to protect 32,500 acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.
The Senate approved the bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), last June. President Obama is expected to sign it.
Since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, every Congress had designated a wilderness area as a national park or monument until 2009. Congress had since deadlocked on the issue until Tuesday, and Obama has used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect several prized areas.
Read more from The Washington Post here.
March 04, 2014 by Serena Bishop
You Shop, Eagle Creek Donates
This March, Eagle Creek has partnered with The Conservation Alliance to donate 5% of every eaglecreek.com purchase of $150 or more to Alaska Wilderness League. Please visit Eagle Creek Travel Gear at www.eaglecreek.com and gear up to help preserve Wild Alaska.
You can also take action by visiting Eagle Creek's Facebook Page and entering to win a Tarmac AWD 22. For every entry into the sweapstakes, Eagle Creek will donate $1 (up to $2000) to The Conservation Alliance and Alaska Wilderness League.
February 28, 2014 by Serena Bishop
The Conservation Alliance, based in Bend, OR, got a little local love this week. The Bulletin, the local newspaper, featured an article highlighting the work of the Alliance along with a few of our local member companies Ruff Wear, Hydro Flask, and Footzone of Bend, and local grantee Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Conservation Alliance marks 25 years
Bend nonprofit helps outdoor companies with their stewardship.
Over 25 years, the Bend-based nonprofit Conservation Alliance has given nearly $13 million - contributed by some of the biggest names in the outdoor industry - to conservation projects throughout North America.
"Our funding has helped to save more than 42 million acres of wild lands, 2,748 miles of rivers, stop or remove 25 dams, designate five marine reserves ... in Oregon, and purchase nine climbing areas," said Executive Director John Sterling.
When outdoor industry giants REI, Patagonia, The North Face and Kelty formed the Alliance in 1989, it had no office or paid staff. But in 2005, it opened an office on Northwest Wall Street, Sterling said. Today, it employs two full-time employees and has a 13-person board.
Read the whole article here.
Photo: Rob Kerr
February 25, 2014 by Serena Bishop
Mark your calendar for these Conservation Alliance events at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014
February 25, 2014 by Tuleyome
Saturday, February 22nd Tuleyome hosted a hike to see Zim Zim Falls in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region. We were hoping that there had been enough rain to see the waterfall, and we were in luck! The Zim Zim Falls hike is in the Knoxville State Wildlife Area managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. If this sign is posted at the gate you're at the right trailhead. For those who would like to try this hike, this is the parking area (view is from inside the gate on the trail) Larger view of Zim Zim Falls. It's a bit hard to see since there isn't much water flowing. Close-up view of the falls. During a rainy year, this would be roaring with water, but since we're in a bit of a drought, it was more of a trickle. We look forward to scheduling another hike out here after we've had... Read More
February 21, 2014 by Serena Bishop
What do wilderness advocates and outdoor businesses have in common?
They all like to drink beer and go bowling! So here at The Conservation Alliance we decided to host the first of our happy hour events known as "Wild Drinks" in Ventura, CA, at the a newly renovated bowling alley, Discovery Ventura.
Teaming up with local Conservation Alliance member companies Patagonia, Horny Toad, and Deckers Outdoor, and representatives from Black Diamond, Wild Places LL, Ticla, REI, and Red Bull, a crowd of over 70 people came out on a Tuesday night for the opportunity to learn more about local nonprofit organizations and Conservation Alliance grantees California Wilderness Coalition, the Environmental Defense Center, and Los Padres Forest Watch. Participants also have the opportunity to take action by signing on to various letter writing campaigns that are likely to have an impact on local conservation efforts.
The goal of this event was to grow the conservation community while building a bond between member company employees and those doing conservation work on the ground that could not be created sitting in a meeting or in a more traditional setting. We will be following up this event with additional events this year in Boulder, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
Click here to see more photos of the fun!
Interested in learning more? Please contact Outreach Coordinator Brook Hopper (Brook@ConservationAlliance.com) for more information.
February 14, 2014 by Serena Bishop
Photo by Jim Davis
Share your LOVE of Wild Places - Send your Congressmen a Valentine!
Valentine's Day is all about sharing love with the people and places you care about. Conservation Alliance grantee, Oregon Natural Desert Association, is doing just that!
They are sending Facebook Valentines to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, sharing with him the places they love, and want to see protected.
Here are a few examples:
Dear Senator Ron Wyden, help protect what we love this Valentine's Day... Steelhead Falls! Share if you LOVE Oregon's wild deserts! #welovewilderness
Dear Senator Ron Wyden, help protect what we love this Valentine's Day... Cathedral Rock! Share if you LOVE Oregon's wild deserts! #welovewilderness Photo by Jim Davis
Dear Senator Ron Wyden, help protect what we love this Valentine's Day... Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands! Share if you LOVE Oregon's wild deserts! #welovewilderness
How to send your own Wild Places Valentine
1) Take a photo of you in your favorite wild place
2) Find your Congressmen here http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
3) Post your photo, along with a message about why you love this wild place and tag your Congressmen on Facebook, including the hashtag #welovewilderness
Thanks for sharing the LOVE.
Happy Valentine's Day!
February 13, 2014 by Tuleyome
Happy Valentines Day Conservation Alliance! From Tuleyome"Heart shaped rock found on Tuleyome's new Berryessa Peak Trail" Photo by Charlotte M. Orrwww.berryessasnowmountain.orgwww.tuleyome.org ... Read More
February 13, 2014 by Tuleyome
Happy Valentine's Day Conservation Alliance! From Tuleyome"Heart shaped rock found on Tuleyome's new Berryessa Peak Trail" Photo by Charlotte M. Orrwww.berryessasnowmountain.orgwww.tuleyome.org ... Read More