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The Conservation Alliance Contributes $790,000 in Grants to 20 Organizations

March 29, 2016

Group Will Disburse $1.65 Million in 2016

Bend, Ore., March 29, 2016 – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $790,000 to 20 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s first funding disbursal for 2016.

The Conservation Alliance has more than 190 member companies who care passionately about protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values. By a vote of these members, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 20 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

OrganizationProject Name Grant
Access FundSave the Homestead Campaign $         50,000
Audubon AlaskaArctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign $         30,000
Backcountry Hunters & AnglersProtecting Steamboat Creek Watershed Campaign $         40,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness SocietyProtecting the Bay of Fundy Campaign $         35,000
Connecticut River Watershed CouncilDeadbeat Dam Removal Campaign $         45,000
Friends of Nevada WildernessGold Butte National Monument Campaign $         40,000
Grand Canyon Wildlands CouncilProtect the Grand Canyon’s Watershed Campaign $         50,000
Hawaiian Islands Land TrustKona Cloud Forest Protection Campaign $         35,000
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands CenterKalmiopsis Wild Rivers Campaign $         30,000
Lake Champlain Land TrustWhitehall Cliffs Conservation Project $         30,000
Methow Valley Citizens CouncilMethow Headwaters Campaign $         28,000
Northern Alaska Environmental CenterBrooks Range Conservation Campaign $         40,000
Save Our CanyonsWasatch National Monument Campaign $         30,000
The Pew Charitable TrustsGrand Canyon Heritage National Monument Campaign $         50,000
The Wilderness Society – ColoradoOwyhee Canyonlands National Monument Campaign $         32,000
Trout Unlimited – AlaskaProtecting the Tongass Campaign $         40,000
Utah Dine BikeyahBears Ears National Monument Campaign $         50,000
Wallowa Land TrustEast Moraine of Wallowa Lake Conservation Campaign $         35,000
Western Rivers ConservancyWestern Slope Rivers Campaign $         50,000
Winter Wildlands AllianceNorthern Sierra Winter Recreation Campaign $         50,000

TOTAL:  $790,000

“Our member companies continue to step up and support efforts to protect the places where their customers recreate,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “This list of grants supports a variety of important land and water conservation opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.”

Seven out of the 20 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers; Connecticut River Watershed Council; Hawaiian Islands Land Trust; Lake Champlain Land Trust; Methow Valley Citizens Council; Utah Diné Bikéyah and Wallowa Land Trust.

Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company. Conservation Alliance member companies also play a key role in determining which organizations receive funding.

“Our program gives our members the ability to contribute real dollars to protecting wild places in their backyards,” said Sterling. “We plan to disburse $1.65 Million in 2016 thanks to the support of our members.”

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com or download the Winter 2016 Grant Announcement: Website: http://www.conservationalliance.com
PDF: http://www.conservationalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FINAL_W16-Grant-Announcement_SMALL.pdf

About The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $16 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,972 miles of rivers; stop or remove 28 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 11 climbing areas. 

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.