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Rocky Mountain Front May Get More Protection

October 31, 2011 by John Sterling

 

Conservation Alliance members may recall that in 2006, our funding helped Montana Wilderness Association secure a permanent prohibition on new oil and gas development on 300,000 acres of public land on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. We received some good news today from Brian Sybert, Executive Director of MWA. 

"I wanted to share with you the exciting news that on Friday October 28th Senator Max Baucus announced that he is introducing in Congress the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Senator Baucus made the announcement before a room full of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts at Montana Outdoor Sports in Helena. While introduction of the Heritage Act in Congress is reason to celebrate there is much work to be done before the legislation is passed and signed by the President. We will now begin implementing an aggressive communications and grassroots campaign to build support for the Heritage Act and fend off opposition to the legislation."

It would be great to add this additional layer of protection to this special wild place.

Click here for a supportive editorial from the Helena Independent-Record.

'Ambassadors for Marine Mammals'

October 28, 2011 by Raincoast Conservation Society
Check out Raincoast Conservation Foundation science director Dr. Chris Darimont's recent blog post on our October surfing expedition in the Great Bear Rainforest with Patagonia's surfing ambassadors: http://www.raincoast.org/blog/ambassadors-for-marine-mammals/... Read More

The Condit Dam Came Down Today!

October 26, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Today, at 12pm PST, the Condit Dam, located on the White Salmon River, in Washington State, was breached. 

Crews blasted a tunnel into the base of Condit Dam, effectively freeing the White Salmon for the first time in a century.  This is a landmark event and is reason to celebrate!

Visit White Salmon Restored and American Rivers to learn more about "The Year of the River" and the restoration of the White Salmon and Elwha Rivers.

 

Appeals Court Upholds Roadless Rule

October 22, 2011 by John Sterling

 

A federal appeals court today upheld the Clinton-era Roadless Rule, which prohibits roads on nearly 60 million acres Forest Service land throughout the US. This ruling marks a significant -- and possibly the final -- milestone in the decade-long battle to defend the rule.

The Roadless Rule came out of the most extensive public process in federal rulemaking history but, despite being wildly popular, was almost immediately attacked by the incoming Bush administration and its allies in the timber industry. 

The Conservation Alliance funded several organizations for their work to defend the rule, including Portland-based Oregon Wild. Here is a quote from Oregon Wild's press release celebrating the court decision:

"10 years ago, Oregonians led the charge to protect our last pristine wildlands. These precious wild areas provide clean drinking water, habitat for abundant wildlife, and economic drivers for a thriving outdoor recreation economy. People don’t buy KEEN shoes or Columbia jackets to go hike the clear-cuts. They are part of what make Oregon such a great place to live, work, and raise a family."

Click here for the news story from the Washington Post.

Ads for the Earth Auction Ends Friday!

October 21, 2011 by Serena Bishop

  Ads for the Earth Auction

October 17-21, 2011

http://auctions.readysetauction.com/conservationalliance 

Each of the ten publications below has donated ONE FULL-PAGE or HALF-PAGE, FULL-COLOR AD to The Conservation Alliance. We will offer these ad pages in an online auction. Bidding starts at 30 percent of full value. All proceeds will support our efforts to protect North America's wild places.

Bidding begins Monday, October 17th at 5 AM Pacific/8 AM Eastern, and ends Friday, October 21th at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern. Ad space purchased in the auction may be used in any issue of the publication during the 2012 calendar year with approval from the publisher.  We ask that the winning bidders not use these ads to replace space they were already planning to purchase.

This is an opportunity to support The Conservation Alliance while increasing your brand visibility!

We are grateful to these generous publications for their donations, and to each of you for your membership in The Conservation Alliance.

Questions?  Contact John Sterling, john@conservationalliance.com, 541-389-2424.

 

THE COASTAL PLAIN OF THE ARCTIC REFUGE NEEDS YOUR HELP

October 19, 2011 by Alaska Wilderness League

ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The Arctic is all around us. Every year, birds that begin their lives on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge journey to all 50 states and across six continents, before heading back to the Arctic, where the cycle of life begins again. The Arctic is the origin of life for more than just birds - numerous species of mammals bear their young on this vast expanse of tundra including polar bears, caribou and more. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we must do everything we can to be sure that this last wild haven remains protected for generations to come. On August 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This plan will guide how the Refuge is managed over the next fifteen years... Read More

Jailhouse Rock Adopt-a-Crag - We need your help!

October 19, 2011 by Access Fund
Access Fund will be hosting an Adopt a Crag on Saturday Nov. 12th at 9:30 AM at Jailhouse Rock. We would love for you to join us as we work with the new Access Fund Conservation Team, climbers, and ranchers to install a new climber’s trailhead. With your help, we plan to close the old trail, build a corral/double gate at the entrance, spread gravel on the new approach road, fence the new parking area, install signs, and improve the climber's trail.The Access Fund will provide food, beverages, tools, and raffle items. If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP to Tom Addison at taddison@baaqmd.gov to help us organize work parties and food. We are hoping for 50-75 volunteers, so bring a friend! For driving directions, visit www.accessfund.org/jailhouse.We will be back again on Sunday to complete any unfinished projects and get in some climbing! We hope to see you there!... Read More

Raincoast Video/Patagonia Surf Catalog

October 19, 2011 by Raincoast Conservation Society
Patagonia's very cool new Fall Surf Catalog (http://media.patagonia.com/fb/SURF_F11/) has one of its 21 pages dedicated to Raincoast's efforts to protect the Great Bear Rainforest from the proposal to ship tar sands oil via supertankers through the region's pristine marine waters...go to page 6 and check out the video Raincoast produced for the catalog: http://media.patagonia.com/fb/SURF_F11/#/6... Read More

Hope on a Global Scale

October 19, 2011 by Serena Bishop
KEEN, a Conservation Alliance Pinnacle Member, cares about their communtiy and the envirnoment.
 
At KEEN, it's all about HOPE on a global scale.   
 
Through community, education and understanding, KEEN is paving the way for change.

Protecting Wild Alaska!

October 19, 2011 by Alaska Wilderness League
ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Arctic is all around us. Every year, birds that begin their lives on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge journey to all 50 states and across six continents, before heading back to the Arctic, where the cycle of life begins again. The Arctic is the origin of life for more than just birds - numerous species of mammals bear their young on this vast expanse of tundra including polar bears, caribou and more. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we must do everything we can to be sure that this last wild haven remains protected for generations to come. THE COASTAL PLAIN OF THE ARCTIC REFUGE NEEDS YOUR HELP: On August 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This plan will guide... Read More

Update from Alaska Wilderness League at 10/19/11 6:26 PM

October 19, 2011 by Alaska Wilderness League
ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Arctic is all around us. Every year, birds that begin their lives on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge journey to all 50 states and across six continents, before heading back to the Arctic, where the cycle of life begins again. The Arctic is the origin of life for more than just birds - numerous species of mammals bear their young on this vast expanse of tundra including polar bears, caribou and more. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we must do everything we can to be sure that this last wild haven remains protected for generations to come. THE COASTAL PLAIN OF THE ARCTIC REFUGE NEEDS YOUR HELP: On August 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This plan will guide... Read More

Drawdown Underway at Brown Bridge Dam!

October 18, 2011 by Conservation Resource Alliance
Drawdown of the impoundments has begun at Brown Bridge and Sabin, the first two of the three dams to be removed on the Boardman River as part of a historic restoration project. The interim drawdown will utilize existing water control structures, not by breaching the dams and will take place at a rate of less than 6-inches in pond elevation per day, not to exceed 13 feet total at Brown Bridge Pond and 8.5 feet at Sabin Pond.   “This is a gradual process that is carefully conducted to ensure safety and minimal impact on fish and wildlife species,” said Sandra Sroonian, project engineer for AMEC E & I, Inc., the engineering firm hired by the Boardman River Dams Project Implementation Team. Over 100 acres of previously inundated bottomlands will be exposed as a result of the drawdowns. ”The public will witness the emergence of stream and wetland habitat that hasn’t... Read More

Urge Governor Kitzhaber: Designate Oregon's Marine Reserves Now!

October 17, 2011 by Our Ocean
After a decade of hard work, careful study, and strong community engagement, Oregon’s ocean protection efforts are at a tipping point. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a system of marine reserves and protected areas that will safeguard the bounty and beauty of Oregon’s coast for generations to come.Please urge Governor Kitzhaber to implement the Ocean Policy Advisory Committee’s December 2010 unanimous recommendation to designate marine reserve sites at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, and Cape Perpetua. Ask that he honor the decisions made by coastal volunteers and marine scientists who last year invested 25,000 volunteer hours in public meetings to come to these recommendations. Volunteer community teams produced plans that drew boundaries around ecologically important areas and proposed management measures to protect these critical places. The new reserves will allow plants and animals to flourish and reproduce—creating “ecological savings accounts."These common sense recommendations are needed now more than... Read More

The Condit Dam on the White Salmon River will come down on October 26th

October 12, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Year of the River: Episode 2 from Andy Maser on Vimeo.

The restoration of Washington's White Salmon River begins on October 26, when a hole will be blasted at the base of Condit Dam. Removing the outdated 125-foot tall dam will restore the health of the river and habitat for salmon and steelhead. It will also create new recreation opportunities on this river that is already a premier whitewater destination. The conservation community, including Friends of the White Salmon and the Yakama Nation, and Conservation Alliance grantees, American Rivers and American Whitewater, have worked for more than 20 years to restore this river.

American Rivers dubbed 2011 "The Year of the River" because our country will soon reach the significant milestone of 1000 dams removed nationwide. This is the second video in the Year of the River series - the first video explored the current Elwha River dam removal project.

To learn more about the Restoration of the White Salmon River, click here.

Otero Mesa: Fighting development and pushing for national monument

October 06, 2011 by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
New Mexico’s Otero Mesa is the largest and wildest Chihuahuan Desert grassland left on BLM public lands in this country, providing important and irreplaceable recreational and conservation opportunities, yet it is currently under threat of oil and gas development. Currently, Denver-based Geovic Mining Corp. has started exploratory drilling at Wind Mountain, one of the area's most iconic peaks. Within Otero Mesa, over 500,000 acres are eligible for wilderness designation, based on inventory work conducted by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWild). Already our coalition has nominated close to 600,000 acres of the area as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Clearly, this valuable and nationally important area demands permanent protection to preserve the irreplaceable resources found here. Over the past months, NM Wild has been leading outreach and online action activities to keep the public informed and active in speaking out against development in Otero Mesa. NM Wild has... Read More

Summer 2011 Funding Cycle Grant Announcement

October 05, 2011 by Serena Bishop

We are pleased to announce the results of The Conservation Alliance Summer 2011 Funding Cycle.  We have awarded $550,000 to the 18 organizations listed below.  This year, The Conservation Alliance will contribute more than $1 million to organizations working to permantely protect wild places.  Please check out the full summary of the Summer 2011 Funding Cycle by clicking here.    

 

West Grand Lake Community Forest

October 04, 2011 by Downeast Lakes Land Trust
The West Grand Lake Community Forest is 21,700 acres of forests and wetlands around the community of Grand Lake Stream, Maine. It includes 17 miles of lakeshore and 90 miles of stream frontage. Its protection will represent the completion of a 370,000-acre conservation proposal initiated by Downeast Lakes Land Trust in 2001, and is essential to maintaining the remote character of the region and its heritage as a destination for outdoor recreation. The land trust has an option to purchase the property from the current owner. We plan to manage it for wildlife habitat, public recreation, and a sustainable forest economy. As of September, 2011, over $13 million has been committed for the project, but we have $11 million to go. Please visit us at www.downeastlakes.org to learn more!... Read More

Bend Backyard Collective Moves Forest Restoration Forward

October 03, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Almost 50 volunteers joined us in the Metolius Preserve for the Bend Backyard Collective on Thursday, September, 29th.  Employees from Ruff Wear, Inc., GearTribe, REI, Stanley, a brand of PMI, and QuickFeat International spent the morning lending a hand with forest restoration to help meet the Land Trust's long-term goal of restoring old-growth ponderosa pine forests. Among the volunteers were representatives from Conservation Alliance Grantees: The Deschutes Land Trust, Central Oregon Land Watch, and Oregon Natural Desert Association.

After a morning of work in the forest, volunteers enjoyed a catered lunch by Bleu Bite Catering under the sunny skies of this outstanding autumn day in Central Oregon.

Brad Chalfant, Executive Director of the Deschutes Land Trust had this to say after the event:

"People don't stand up for causes they don't understand and communities don't rally to protect lands they've never seen. The Conservation Alliance and its member companies provide critical visibility and inspired leadership for the scores of small conservation groups fighting against long odds to protect our remaining wild areas. The Backyard Collective allows the employees of CA members to get their hands dirty in the fight to protect and restore our wild places for our children and beyond."

 The Deschutes Land Trust truly appreciates the efforts of our hard working volunteers!