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Patagonia, Inc. protests the proposed construction of five dams in Chile's Aysen Region

May 25, 2011 by Serena Bishop


Patagonia, Inc., a founding member of The Conservation Alliance and Pinnacle Member, staged a peaceful 500-employee-strong cacerolazo – a Chilean-style protest developed in the Pinochet era where citizens bang pots and pans in loud opposition - to protest the Chilean government's approval of a multi-national energy company to construct five huge dams in the area of southern Chile that inspired Yvon Chouinard to name the company Patagonia.


“This is like building Hoover Dam at the entrance to Yosemite Valley,” said Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia vice president of environmental affairs, who knows the region well, recently spending time there with the making of the movie, 180 South. “This is not about a North American corporation trying to tell Chile what to do – it’s about asking Chile’s democratically elected government to listen to the majority of its own people when they say there has to be a better way.”

Read the entire article here and visit Patagonia's blog, The Cleanest Line for more information.

Update from Conservation Resource Alliance at 05/20/11 6:06 PM

May 20, 2011 by Conservation Resource Alliance
The Boardman: A River Reborn UpdateThe Boardman River is located in Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties and includes 160 miles of river and tributary streams. There are a total of 287-square miles in the watershed, producing one-third of the water volume of Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City and draining 182,800 acres of land. An estimated 2 million user days are logged on the Boardman River annually for recreation purposes. Many of these visitors come to the river to fish since the river is one of the top ten trout streams in Michigan and 36 river miles are designated as Blue Ribbon river sections.  The six year long process leading up to the current status of the project to remove three of the Boardman River dams and modify the Union Street dam has garnered the attention of so many folks throughout the region, State, and Country. A diverse group of... Read More

Senator McConnell fails to give Big Oil free pass to risky drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 19, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Yesterday, the so-called "Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011" bill (S. 953), sponsored by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), failed on the Senate floor by a vote of 42-57.

This bill would have led to aggressive drilling in America's Arctic; bringing back Arctic lease sales cancelled by President Obama in wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and wiping out adequate environmental review by declaring that environmental analyses found to be illegal by the courts, are in fact sufficient.

Read more about this issue and comments from Alaska Wilderness League's Executive Director here.

CLIF BAR annouces Meet the Moment - Moments Collected Generate Donations to Protect the Places We Play

May 17, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Conservation Alliance member, CLIF BAR announced Meet the Moment this week; a celebration of athletic adventures and the places they happen. Whether it's action, adventure or the thrill of the chase, CLIF BAR wants people to share how they Meet the Moment by uploading inspiring photos and stories at

To protect the places people play, CLIF BAR will donate $5 to one of five non-profits dedicated to protecting outdoor places each time someone creates and uploads their first Moment. To further support these conservation and preservation efforts, CLIF BAR will double its contribution to each non-profit if people submit 10,000 Moments by July 31st.  Two of the five non-profits benefiting from Meet the Moment are Conservation Alliance Grantees, Winter Wildlands Alliance and Access Fund.

 How to Post a Moment

Anyone is invited to upload a photo and share their Moment at The Moment can be described in "magnetic poetry style" by choosing from a bank of words that will be placed on top of the photo to create an individualized postcard.  People can also opt to add their own words to their postcard.

Once the postcard is complete, it can be posted to a photo gallery on The gallery is designed to serve as a visual community of people sharing athletic adventures and stories.

Bay Area Backyard Collective A Huge Success

May 11, 2011 by Deanna

No one can resist getting outside on a sunny day in the Bay Area. The Berkeley Backyard Collective volunteers were all smiles while they worked hard to restore a hiking trail in beautiful Tilden Park. Over 100 employees from CamelBak, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Jansport, Clif Bar, REI and Ahnu Footwear, participated in the stewardship event. The group worked tirelessly, restoring a badly eroded and overgrown trail by installing and finishing drain dips, effective at diverting water off of the trail. Volunteers also pruned vegetation, improved the trail tread, and eliminated berms that would create future water issues on the trail. The Tilden trail looks 100% improved thanks to everyone's hard work!

The Conservation Alliance partnered with the California Wilderness Coalition and East Bay Regional Park District to organize the service project. After a morning of trail maintenance, the volunteers celebrated their hard work with food and drink, generously donated by New Belgium Brewing Company. Volunteers also had the opportunity to mingle with other local environmental non-profits and grantees of The Conservation Alliance. Representatives from California Wilderness Coalition, The American River Conservancy, and Friends of the Inyo shared additional opportunities to support environmental initiatives in California.

The next Backyard Collective will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 23rd.

Senate Subcommittee holds hearing on Wild and Scenic Molalla River

May 10, 2011 by Serena Bishop


 Photo: Molalla River Alliance

Conservation Alliance Grantee, Oregon Wild, shared continued forward progress on the Wild and Scenic Molalla River Bill today.  The Senate subcommittee on National Parks is holding a hearing today to consider protections for the Molalla River. Next steps are a hearing in the House and full committee in the Senate. When passed this would protect 21.3 miles of the Wild and Scenic Molalla River.

Here more here…

Sign up here to help Oregon Wild protect the Molalla River and other waters and wildlands across the state.

Congress Introduces Protections for Oregon Natural Areas

May 09, 2011 by Serena Bishop

Conservation Alliance Grantee Oregon Wild reports the first steps of success on the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Campaign.  On April 7th, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to protect several outstanding natural gems on Oregon’s public lands including the mythical waterfall and surrounding salmon habitat in the proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness area.  The legislation would also expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and add additional protections for the Chetco Wild and Scenic River.

Read More Here…..