Bighorn Sheep in the Columbia Highlands, Washington. Photo: James Johnston
Most Recent Grants
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Winter 2013 Funding Cycle. Because of strong member support, we awarded 20 grants totaling $750,000. We plan to contribute $1.5 million in 2013 to organizations working to permanently protect wild places.
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.