The Conservation Alliance Contributes $850,000 in Grants to 20 Organizations

April 6, 2017

Group plans to disburse $1.75 Million in 2017

BEND, Ore. (April 6, 2017) – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $850,000 to 20 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s first funding disbursal for 2017, and the largest grant disbursal in the group’s 28-year history.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 200 businesses that 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:

Organization Project Amount
Alaska Wilderness League Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Defense Campaign  $35,000
California Wilderness Coalition Northwest California Mountains and Rivers & Central Coast Heritage Protection Campaigns  $45,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Protecting the Bay of Fundy Campaign  $40,000
Forterra NW Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign  $40,000
Greater Yellowstone Coalition Teton Public Lands Campaign  $50,000
Methow Valley Citizens Council Methow Headwaters Campaign  $40,000
National Wildlife Federation Connecting the Upper Rio Grande Campaign  $45,000
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Waters of the Waccamaw Campaign  $45,000
North Coast Land Conservancy Rainforest Reserve Campaign  $45,000
Oregon Wild Oregon Rivers Campaign  $30,000
Outdoor Alliance Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures Campaign  $50,000
Pacific Wild Marine Protected Areas Communications Campaign  $40,000
Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition Bald Rock Recreational Preserve  $40,000
Save the Redwoods League Protecting the Giants of Giant Sequoia National Monument Campaign  $50,000
The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina Squire Tract, Black River Cypress Swamp Campaign  $40,000
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Safeguarding the Wild Backcountry of the Missouri River Breaks Campaign  $35,000
Trout Unlimited Sportsmen for Public Lands  $40,000
Trout Unlimited – Alaska Protecting the Tongass Campaign  $40,000
Trust for Public Land Rolston Rest Conservation Project  $50,000
Western Rivers Conservancy John Day River Project  $50,000

      TOTAL:  $850,000

“In a new and challenging political landscape, conservation work is more important than ever,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “We are proud to answer this moment with our largest round of grants ever.”

Six out of the 20 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: National Wildlife Federation, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, North Coast Land Conservancy, Outdoor Alliance, Save the Redwoods League and The Nature Conservancy-North Carolina.

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/seasons or download the Winter 2017 Grant Announcement.

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 $18 million, awarded 552 grants, helped to protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,991 miles of rivers; stop or remove 29 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 12 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.