The Conservation Alliance Contributes $820,000 in Grants to 23 Organizations

October 5, 2016

Disbursal Brings 2016 Total to $1.61 Million

Bend, Ore., October 5, 2016 – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $820,000 to 23 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s final funding disbursal for 2016.

The Conservation Alliance has more than 200 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 23 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Adirondack Mountain ClubForever Wild Follensby Campaign $50,000
American RiversNorth Cascades Nooksack Wild and Scenic River Campaign $40,000
Alaska Wilderness LeagueArctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign $10,000*
American WhitewaterWild Olympics Campaign $30,000
Appalachian Trail ConservancyBald Mountain Pond A.T. Landscape Protection Campaign $50,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-QuebecMagpie River Campaign $40,000
Columbia Land TrustKlickitat Canyon Forest Conservation Project $50,000
Conservation ColoradoContinental Divide Campaign $45,000
Conservation Lands FoundationNational Monuments Campaign $20,000
Conservation Resource AllianceFree Flowing Maple River Campaign $30,000
Friends of Cedar MesaBears Ears National Monument Campaign $10,000*
Friends of Scotchman Peak WildernessScotchman Peaks Wilderness Campaign $20,000
Land Trust for TennesseeDenny Cove Acquisition Project $40,000
Montana Wilderness AssociationBlackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project $30,000
Northeastern Minnesotans for WildernessCampaign to Save the Boundary Waters $50,000
Oregon Natural Desert AssociationJohn Day Wilderness Campaign $40,000
Oregon Natural Desert AssociationOwyhee Canyonlands Campaign $10,000*
Pacific Crest Trail AssociationTrinity Divide Conservation Project $50,000
Sierra Club-Santa Lucia ChapterChumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Campaign $40,000
Soda Mountain Wilderness CouncilCascade Siskiyou National Monument Campaign $10,000*
Southern Utah Wilderness AllianceColorado Plateau Master Leasing Plan Campaign $35,000
The Ocean FoundationLoreto Park Project $35,000
Washington WildNorth Cascades Puget Sound Headwaters Initiative $35,000
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation InitiativeAlberta’s Bighorn Wildland Campaign $50,000

TOTAL:  $820,000

*Discretionary Grant: The Conservation Alliance board has the authority to make discretionary grants not to exceed #10,000 to projects with an urgent and time-sensitive need.

This disbursal is the largest in the organization’s history, and brings the year’s contributions to an all-time high $1.61 million. The Conservation Alliance granted $790,000 during its Winter 2016 funding cycle in March.

“Our member companies understand that it is important 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 land and water conservation opportunities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”

Four of the grants (marked above with an asterisk), were quick-response grants made at the discretion of The Conservation Alliance board to provide immediate support to campaigns to secure new national monument designations from the Obama Administration. The Conservation Alliance board has the authority to make small grants – not to exceed $10,000 – to meet urgent needs.

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 program gives our members the ability to contribute real dollars to protecting wild places in their backyards” said Sterling. “We look forward to tracking these projects, and to growing our grant fund in 2017.”

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com or download the Summer 2016 Grant Announcement:

Website: http://www.conservationalliance.com/seasons

PDF: http://www.conservationalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/S16-AnnouncementFinal.pdf?utm_source=Conservation+Alliance+News&utm_campaign=994bc7bc22161006_S16GrantAnnouncement&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47ac974069-994bc7bc22-  

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 $17 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.

John Sterling

Julie Evans