Bighorn Sheep in the Columbia Highlands, Washington. Photo: James Johnston
Most Recent Grants
We are pleased to announce the results of our Summer 2013 funding cycle. We have contributed $750,000 to the 19 organizations listed below. In 2013 we awarded a record $1.5 million in grants to organizations working to permanently protect wild places. Many great conservation opportunities lie ahead, and we're pleased to be able to support these important initiatives.
Protect the Arctic Ocean Campaign -
To halt oil drilling in and conserve vital portions of the Arctic Ocean, including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
Wild Rivers of the North Cacades Campaign -
To preserve 150 river miles and 48,000 acres of riverside lands in Washington's North Cascades through permanent federal protections and locally-based conservation efforts.
Colorado River Campaign -
To secure permanent protection of critical river flows in 80 miles of the Upper Colorado River for world-class recreation and river-related habitat.
California Wilderness Campaign -
To protect two million acres of wildlands that offer outstanding recreation opportunities, scenery and habitat for such iconic species as the Joshua tree, California condor and desert tortoise.
Protect the Great Slave Campaign -
To protect 7.4 million acres in the proposed Thaidene Nene Protected Area near the East Arm of Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Central Mountains Wilderness Campaign -
To protect the remaining wildlands of the White River National Forest and surrounding public lands, completing the vision of protecting Colorado's Hidden Gems, nearly 350,000 acres of critical mid-elevation wildlife habitat and home to outstanding quiet recreation opportunities.
National Monument Campaign -
To encourage President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to expand the California Coastal National Monument and proclaim two new national monuments, Browns Canyon National Monument near Salida, Colorado and Coast Redwoods National Monument near Santa Cruz, California.
Protect Utah's Redrock Country Campaign -
To protect roughly three million acres of spectacular, wilderness-quality public lands in Utah's red rock country from destructive oil and gas drilling and off-road vehicle use.
Colorado Plateau Protection Campaign -
To pass legislation for eastern Utah that would permanently protect outstanding Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands as wilderness.
Absaroka-Beartooth Front Protection Campaign -
To protect 1.8 million acres of Wyoming's Absaroka-Beartooth Front through wilderness and other designations to ensure the ongoing ecological integrity of a landscape central to the long-term health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers Campaign -
To protect Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks from mineral entry, designate the streams as Wild and Scenic Rivers and expand the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area to include these lands.
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Campaign -
To permanently protect 500,000 acres of New Mexico's best public lands that are unique historically, culturally and ecologically, with an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty.
John Day Wilderness Campaign -
To protect 17,000 acres of public land at Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven by the end of 2013, and progress toward permanent protections on more than 100,000 additional acres in Oregon's John Day River Basin by the end of 2014.
Protect Utah's Redrock Wilderness Campaign -
To stop the state of Utah's 29 lawsuits against the United States directed at splintering wilderness, national parks and monuments with off-road vehicle routes.
Stop Pebble Mine Campaign -
To protect the 6.7 million acres of state land in the Bristol Bay watershed from large‐scale, hard rock mining.
Oregon's North Coast Range Protection Campaign -
To protect 150,000 acres of rainforest in Oregon's North Coast Range.
Tennessee Wilderness Campaign
To designate 19,558 acres of the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee as Wilderness, permanently protecting its versatile landscapes of wild whitewater, misty waterfalls, and winding trails.
San Juan Mountains Wilderness Campaign -
To protect priority areas in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado through wilderness and other conservation designations, specifically through the enactment of the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and legislation to protect the Hermosa Creek watershed outside of Durango.
Yellow Dog River Watershed Protection Campaign -
To acquire and protect 1,266 acres and eight river miles in the Yellow Dog River watershed.
Holy Boulders Project -
Secure permanent public access and long‐term conservation of Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois for future generations of climbers to enjoy in its current natural state.
Protect New York’s State Forests Campaign -
To secure permanent protection of New York's public lands from oil and gas drilling, including the practice of hydraulic fracturing on and beneath the surfaces of New York's State parks.
Cosumnes River Conservation Project -
To purchase and protect 1,090 acres of riverfront lands on the Cosumnes River, the last undammed river system on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and to construct a 2.5-mile recreational trail, the first public trail within the upper Cosumnes River watershed.
Maine Woods Campaign -
To permanently protect up to 20,000 acres of new conservation land adjacent to both the Appalachian Trail and AMC's 66,500 acres of existing conservation lands in the 100-Mile Wilderness region of Maine.
Peel Watershed Protection Campaign -
To protect 14 million acres in the Peel River watershed with significant First Nations participation in long term policy and management.
Wenatchee Foothills Campaign -
To protect 2,562 acres and establish a foothills trail system that ensures recreational access for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts and conserves wildlife habitat lands.
Boardman River Dams Project -
To remove three dams and restore 15 river miles on Michigan's Boardman River.
Inyo National Forest Protection Campaign -
To permanently protect nearly half a million acres of Roadless Areas, wild public lands and waterways on the Inyo National Forest through grassroots mobilization of a diverse constituency dedicated to preserving wilderness values.
Colorado Central Mountains Campaign -
To permanently protect 98,000 Wilderness acres and 80,000 acres protected as Special Management Areas in Colorado's Central Mountains.
Rocky Mountain Front / Montana Forests Campaign -
To pass the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act and the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in Congress, permanently protecting 1.3 million acres of threatened wild landscapes in Montana through a combination of designated wilderness, backcountry recreation areas and Conservation Management Areas.
Oregon Wilderness Campaign -
To permanently protect 58,000 acres surrounding the famed Wild Rogue River, 30,000 acres at Devil's Staircase in the heart of the Oregon coast range, 21.3 miles of the Wild and Scenic Molalla River, and 18,000 acres of the last unprotected gems on the Mount Hood National Forest.
Taku Watershed Protection Campaign -
To keep the 4.5-million-acre Taku watershed totally intact and virtually pristine by eliminating crucial access options for mining ventures that put wild salmon and other exceptional ecosystem values at risk.
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Campaign -
To double the size of the 61,000-acre Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and expand the designated Soda Mountain Wilderness in the Monument's southern backcountry by 2016.
Save Thompson Divide Campaign -
To pass legislation to permanently withdraw 220,000 acres of the Thompson Divide area from availability for future oil and gas leasing, and to resolve existing leases through expiration or purchase.
Protecting the Great White Moose Campaign -
To permanently protect 67,900 acres of woods, waters, and mountains in Maine and New Hampshire's "Great White Moose", one of the Northeast's largest natural landscapes.
Bolton Valley Conservation Campaign -
To permanently protect the 1,100-acre Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry property that provides both critical habitat for wildlife and unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors to northern Vermont.
Cross Mountain Ranch Acquisition Campaign -
To permanently protect 920 acres of riverlands and establish public ownership of the only land‐based access point to the fabled whitewater and hunting opportunities of Cross Mountain Canyon.
Castle Crags Wilderness Acquisition Campaign -
To permanently protect and transfer to public ownership the 1,257 acres of private land currently blocking direct public access from I-5 to the climbing and backpacking within the 12,232-acre Castle Crags Wilderness Area.
Quiet Winter Recreation Campaign -
To permanently protect the remaining undeveloped lands in Utah's Central Wasatch; to establish a 3,000-acre Backcountry Recreation Zone on Oregon's Tumalo Mountain; to secure new Wilderness designations in Idaho's Boulder White Cloud Mountains; and to establish winter nonmotorized areas on Wyoming's Two Ocean Peak and Beartooth Pass.
Keeping the Peace Campaign -
To secure a decision to deny approval of the proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River, and to permanently protect British Columbia's Peace River Valley as a vital component of a healthy ecosystem and a vibrant local community.