On March 17th, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) reintroduced legislation into the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, which would protect close to 18,000 acres as wilderness along the John Day River in eastern Oregon's rugged high desert.
The Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Wilderness Act of 2011 will swap public land with private landholders, in order to create two new wilderness sites; the Cathedral Rock & Horse Heaven Wilderness Area.
"Preserving our natural resources, helping local landowners and boosting recreation-based jobs is an all-around winner and that is exactly what this bill will do," said Merkley. "I look forward to working with Senator Wyden and the local communities to protect an additional 17,000 acres of natural beauty in Central Oregon."
The Canada Goose Cup, held at Winter Outdoor Retail in January, was a huge success. Check out this video to relive the excitement and the heartache that goes hand-in-hand with this type of grueling event.
Another big THANK YOU to all who participated in the Canada Goose Cup, making the annual event a huge success and helping to raise over $8,000 for The Consevation Alliance.
The National Park Service currently manages 44 million acres of land as wilderness. This video showcases the natural beauty of those special places and uses language from the Wilderness Act to help tell the story.
This award acknowledges her work on advocacy, education and/or community outreach for parks and open space in the state of Virginia. Lillie utilized Wild River's Patagonia Enviro Grants to make one of the river signs made and positioned in this video.
To learn more and vote for the Virginia's Cox Conserves Heroes Finalists, click here.
The Winter 2011 Funding Cycle is well underway. Conservation Alliance members are reviewing 26 grant proposals from organizations working to protect North America's most special wild places. Those members will complete their ballots to determine which of those 26 projects we should support. We have allocated $500,000 for this grant cycle. Grants will be announced in early April.
On Wednesday, Conservation Alliance Pinnacle member KEEN, hosted Stephen Hatfield, stewardship director for the Forest Park Conservancy, on the HybridLife Radio program.Forest Park is a magically place, nestled in the heart of Portland, Oregon.Stephen talks about the Park’s legendary history, unknown future and miles of smiles the park has brought to Oregonians and animals.Click below to listen to the entire radio podcast.
Here is the webcast of yesterday’s hearing. Click here to view the entire hearing.
Peter’s testimony starts at the 02:07:10 mark; and its worth watching through to the end. There are some interesting exchanges are during the Q&A after the formal testimony.
The Salt Lake Tribune also covered the hearing. Here is a snippet of what they had to say.
Peter Metcalf, president and co-founder of outdoor-gear maker Black Diamond, said protecting public lands yields many jobs. He noted the outdoor industry contributes $730 billion to the U.S. economy and supports 6.5 million jobs.
The Conservation Alliance has been asked to be a part of the Patagonia Music™ Collective; a project teaming up world-class musicians with nonprofit environmental groups working to protect and restore the natural environment.
The Patagonia Music™ Collective is a new way Patagonia is working to realize their mission: Build thebest product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.
Check out Patagonia Music; a robust new sitelet on patagonia.com where listeners can learn about the artists, benefit tracks, environmental groups, new releases, concerts, etc. From Patagonia Music you can go right to iTunes to purchase benefit tracks and download the free Patagonia Music iPhone® app.