The Conservation Alliance Contributes $800,000 in Grants to 21 Organizations

March 26, 2018

$20 Million in grants awarded since 1989

BEND, Ore. (March 26, 2018)The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $800,000 to 21 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The Conservation Alliance has awarded more than $20 million to grassroots organizations working to protect wild lands and waterways across North America since 1989.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 210 businesses that care passionately about protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values.  Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund. By a vote of these members, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 21 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization Project Amount
Alaska Wilderness League Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign  $         50,000
California Wilderness Coalition Northwest California Mountains and Rivers, and Central Coast Wild Heritage Campaigns  $         50,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-Quebec Magpie River Protection Campaign  $         35,000
Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont Bolton Dome Conservation Campaign  $         40,000
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Campaign  $         25,000
International Mountain Bicycling Association Protecting Montana’s Gallatin Gateway  $         20,000
Methow Valley Citizens Council Methow Headwaters Campaign  $         40,000
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Chaco Protection Campaign  $         40,000
Northeast Wilderness Trust Eagle Mountain Campaign  $         40,000
Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters  $         50,000
Ohio Environmental Council ReCreation For All Campaign  $         40,000
Oregon Wild Oregon State Scenic Waterways Campaign  $         35,000
Outdoor Alliance Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures Campaign  $         45,000
Sierra Club of BC Securing Permanent Protection for the Flathead River Valley Campaign  $         20,000
The Wilderness Society Gunnison Public Lands Initiative  $         45,000
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Safeguarding Montana’s Wild Backcountry Campaign  $         30,000
Trout Unlimited – Montana Rattlesnake Creek Dam Removal  $         40,000
Trust for Public Land Catamount Community Forest Project  $         40,000
Ventura Land Trust Walker-Hearne Ranch Acquisition Project  $         40,000
Virginia Wilderness Committee George Washington National Forest Project  $         25,000
Winter Wildlands Alliance Northern Sierra Management Planning Campaign  $         50,000

Total   $800,000

“We identified and funded some great conservation projects during this funding cycle,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “Our members stepped up in a big way to support this important work.”

Four of the 21 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Montana Trout Unlimited; Virginia Wilderness Committee; Ventura Land Trust; and Ohio Environmental Council.

Included in this round of grants are: four private land acquisitions; four Wilderness and Wild and Scenic river campaigns; four agency management planning projects; four projects that seek to protect land and water threatened by energy development; two river projection campaigns, one climbing area acquisition, one dam removal and one wild land protection campaign.  Collectively, these projects seek to protect 7,194,360 acres and 928 river miles.

“This grant gives us the needed capacity to mobilize skiers, riders, winter mountaineers, snowshoers and all of us who love our public lands in winter to speak up for the protection of 4.7 million acres of at-risk winter landscapes on the five Sierra Nevada forests currently embarking on winter management plans,” said David Page, Advocacy Director for Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Each project funded during this grant cycle 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 member companies understand that funding conservation work is more important now than ever,” said Sterling.

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com/seasons.

About The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded 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 all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation.  Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $20 million, awarded 580 grants, helped to protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,102 miles of rivers; stop or remove 30 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 13 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.