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Yvon Chouinard’s Special Place

The Conservation Alliance is psyched about a promotion we are doing with Timex called "Return to the Outdoors". Timex has produced three short films that profile well-know outdoor folks talking about the places that are special to them. The first two films feature Conservation Alliance board member Conrad Anker and rockclimber Steph Davis. The most recent profiles Alliance co-founder and Patagonia owner Yvon Chouinard. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrYa3qkeu-I

Wilderness Everywhere!

Our friends at the Campaign for America's Wilderness distribute an excellent monthly update on efforts to secure new Wilderness designations on public lands throughout the US. The Conservation Alliance has supported many grassroots organizations working at the local level to win these important protections, which safeguard our public lands from logging, mining, oil and gas development, and motorized vehicle use. The US Senate is currently considering a package of public lands legislation that would protect more than 1 million acres of land and 1000 miles of rivers. For a quick update, check out:

 http://www.leaveitwild.org/news/newsletter/issue/2008-07/featured_organization

 

Dam Removal on the Rogue River in Oregon

WaterWatch, a recent Conservation Alliance grantee, has been working collaboratively with local, state and federal officials to restore the Rogue River — one of Oregon's premiere whitewater and salmon/steelhead streams — by removing four dams on the stream. The first of those dams — the Elk Creek Diversion —  was removed on July 16. Check out the video at:

What’s NEXT?

Thanks to everyone who helped launch ConservationNEXT at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake last weekend. The party was a hoot, and it was great to see so much interest in building an online social network focused on grassroots conservation work.

The ConservationNEXT site will continue to evolve. We now have more than 100 NEXTers, and expect many more once people return from the trade show. Our grantees are regularly posting project updates and action alerts to keep you all informed and active in their conservation work. We challenge everyone to respond to at least one action alert per week. Better yet, make a commitment to respond to every action alert posted on the site.

We will use this blog to post basic information and commentary about pressing conservation issues. There's a lot going on out there, and we plan to be a one-stop information source for you all.

In the coming weeks we will add features to the site that will allow NEXTers to communicate with each other through the site. We'll also post the photos we took at the launch event. So please stay tuned and stay active!

-John Sterling

Will Congress Protect 1 Million Acres this Year?

Over the past several years, The Conservation Alliance has made a conscious effort to support campaigns to secure new Wilderness designations on public lands throughout the US. Many of these campaigns are now in legislative form, and moving through Congress. Click here for an update on this package of public lands bills.

Welcome!

Welcome to ConservationNEXT!  As a collective we have been working together for over a year to bring you ConservationNEXT.com.  So surf the site, make us your friends, invite your other friends from the real and virtual worlds, and share your thoughts and ideas with us and with the rest of the ConservationNEXT community. 

Non-profit organizations funded by Conservation Alliance grants have helped populate this site so that you can get involved in their grassroots work.  Endorse your favorites so that you’ll be updated on their action alerts, and visit often to learn about more non-profit partners. Join our community, connect with friends, and share your thoughts on conservation and places you care about.

This site will grow and evolve, adding more functionality and creating even more opportunities to connect with each other and with volunteer opportunities.  Get involved, and help us make this the social networking site of the conservation minded.

– ConservationNEXT Board,

Liz, Brook, Berne, Deanna & Krissy 

FILSON ADDS TO CONSERVATION ALLIANCE LEGACY FUND

Filson, a leading outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, has committed $25,000 to The Conservation Alliance Legacy Fund, which the company will raise through proceeds from its annual "Seconds Sale," held at the company's Seattle distribution center.  With Filson's gift, The Conservation Alliance has raised nearly $2.7 million in contributions and commitments.  That total includes $800,000 raised after the campaign was announced at the January Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

 "We have seen the outstanding results of The Conservation Alliance's work to protect and preserve natural wildlife habitats in every corner of our country and are indebted to them for their relentless commitment," said Filson CEO Bill Kulczycki. "Given that Filson's over 100-year heritage is rooted in the outdoors, we see it as one of our primary responsibilities to also serve as stewards for a healthy environment."

The Conservation Alliance Legacy Fund is an endowment that, once fully funded, will provide a permanent source of operational funding for the organization. The Alliance launched the campaign in January with $1.9 million in initial commitments from The North Face, REI, Merrell, Dansko, Patagonia, CamelBak, and former board president Menno van Wyk.

Since January, additional commitments have come in from Eastern Mountain Sports ($500,000), Tom and Sonya Campion ($100,000), Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. ($50,000), Waypoint Outdoor ($10,000), The Forest Group ($5,000), Kirk Richardson ($5,000), and the Gracie Charitable Foundation ($25,500).

"We are honored to have Filson's support for the Legacy Fund," said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. "Conservation first took root in the U.S. because hunters and anglers recognized that healthy habitat meant healthy fish and game populations. With this gift, Filson is carrying on that tradition of protecting wild lands and rivers where fish and wildlife thrive."

The Conservation Alliance will continue to meet with member companies to solicit contributions to the Legacy Fund. At the same time, the Alliance encourages individuals in the outdoor industry to make gifts.

"With roughly $800,000 to go toward reaching our goal, we plan to pull out all the stops," said Sterling. "The Conservation Alliance is a community of companies and individuals, and we want everyone to play a role in ensuring our future."

CONSERVATION ALLIANCE LEGACY FUND CONTINUES TO GROW

Since launching the Legacy Fund Campaign in January, The Conservation Alliance has raised nearly $2.7 million in contributions and commitments. That total includes $800,000 raised after the campaign was announced at the January Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

The Conservation Alliance Legacy fund is an endowment that, once fully funded, will provide a permanent source of operational funding for the organization. The Alliance launched the campaign in January with $1.9 million in initial commitments from The North Face, REI, Merrell, Dansko, Patagonia, CamelBak, and former board president Menno van Wyk.

Since January, commitments have come in from Eastern Mountain Sports ($500,000), Tom and Sonya Campion ($100,000), Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. ($50,000), Filson ($25,000), Waypoint Outdoor ($10,000), The Forest Group ($5,000), Kirk Richardson ($5,000), Dave Knutson ($2,000), the Gracie Charitable Foundation ($25,500), and an anonymous donor ($25,000).

"With these recent commitments, we are on track to meet our $3.5-million goal by August 2009, our 20th Anniversary," said Executive Director John Sterling. "Our members have risen to a steep challenge because they want The Conservation Alliance to be a permanent force in the outdoor industry."

The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989 as an all-volunteer organization with no operational expenses. Since adding staff in 2004, Alliance membership has more than doubled, and annual contributions to conservation projects has increased from $360,000 to $900,000.

"We've proven that with a modest investment in operations, we can make a much greater contribution to the conservation of our wild lands and rivers," said Sterling. "With the Legacy Fund, we will ensure that our members' annual dues always go into our grant fund."

The Conservation Alliance will continue to meet with member companies to solicit contributions to the Legacy Fund. At the same time, the Alliance encourages individuals in the outdoor industry to make gifts.

"With roughly $800,000 to go toward reaching our goal, we plan to pull out all the stops," said Sterling. "The Conservation Alliance is a community of companies and individuals, and we want everyone to play a role in ensuring our future."

CONSERVATION ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Conservation Alliance membership elected Adam Chamberlain, Director of Marketing for Black Diamond Equipment, and Gareth Martins, Director of Marketing for Osprey Packs to serve on the Alliance board of directors.

Both Martins and Chamberlain bring a deep commitment to conservation to their new board roles. Martins has guided Osprey's regular participation in conservation efforts, and has played a key role in integrating sustainability into the company's culture and ethic.

"I am thrilled to have been chosen to serve alongside the outstanding individuals that make up the Conservation Alliance board," said Martins. "I am eager to learn and work on behalf of the incredible organizations the Alliance funds."

Chamberlain, prior to his roles at Patagonia and now at Black Diamond, spent several months surveying Nevada's public lands for potential new wilderness areas. This effort contributed to the permanent protection of the Black Rock Desert in 2001.

"Fire. The Wheel. Tang. The Conservation Alliance. Through innovative leadership that marshals the best conservation instincts of the outdoor industry, the Alliance has built tremendous momentum and a track record of partnership in the safeguarding of wild places," said Chamberlain. " I am stoked to have the opportunity to add my energy and enthusiasm to the Board's efforts."

"We are excited to have such great additions to the Alliance board," said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance executive director. "Gareth and Adam bring great passion and experience that will help guide our efforts to protect our last wild places."

A record eight people ran for the two open board seats.

"It's an honor to have such strong interest in board service," said Sterling. "It shows that conservation is an important priority for our industry."

Chamberlain and Martins will fill the seats vacated by outgoing directors Dave Knutson (Chaco) and Gary Smith (Timberland).

"Dave and Gary made enormous contributions to The Conservation Alliance during a time of spectacular growth and evolution," said Sterling. "Adam and Gareth have big shoes to fill!"

Chamberlain and Martins' two-year terms begin in August.

CONSERVATION ALLIANCE LEGACY FUND GETS BOOST FROM BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT, LTD.

Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. has committed $50,000 to The Conservation Alliance Legacy Fund. With the climbing manufacturer's gift, The Conservation Alliance has raised more than $2.6 million in contributions and commitments. That total includes $700,000 raised after the campaign was announced at the January Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

The Conservation Alliance Legacy fund is an endowment that, once fully funded, will provide a permanent source of operational funding for the organization. The Alliance launched the campaign in January with $1.9 million in initial commitments from The North Face, REI, Merrell, Dansko, Patagonia, CamelBak, and former board president Menno van Wyk.

 "Since its founding in 1989 The Conservation Alliance has proven to be an ever more important source of critical funding for local groups that are fighting for the future of the natural systems that are so integral to our humanity," said Peter Metcalf, co-founder and CEO of Black Diamond. "Black Diamond was founded, in part, for very similar reasons. It is a true pleasure for the employee owners of Black Diamond to be able to make this $50,000 pledge to the Legacy Fund."

Since January, additional commitments have come in from Eastern Mountain Sports ($500,000), Tom and Sonya Campion ($100,000), Waypoint Outdoor ($10,000), The Forest Group ($5,000) and the Gracie Charitable Foundation ($25,500).

"With these recent commitments, we are on track to meet our $3.5-million goal by August 2009, our 20th Anniversary," said Executive Director John Sterling. "Our members have risen to a steep challenge because they want The Conservation Alliance to be a permanent force in the outdoor industry."

The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989 as an all-volunteer organization with no operational expenses. Since adding staff in 2004, Alliance membership has more than doubled, and annual contributions to conservation projects has increased from $360,000 to $900,000.

"We've proven that with a modest investment in operations, we can make a much greater contribution to the conservation of our wild lands and rivers," said Sterling. "With the Legacy Fund, we will ensure that our members' annual dues always go into our grant fund."

The Conservation Alliance will continue to meet with member companies to solicit contributions to the Legacy Fund. At the same time, the Alliance encourages individuals in the outdoor industry to make gifts.

"With roughly $900,000 to go toward reaching our goal, we plan to pull out all the stops," said Sterling. "The Conservation Alliance is a community of companies and individuals, and we want everyone to play a role in ensuring our future."

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