BEND, Ore. (October 1, 2018) – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $879,000 to 22 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. This is the organization’s single largest grant disbursal since The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989. The grants put the organization on track to contribute $1.9 million in 2018, another record.
The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 220 outdoor and related businesses that come together around a shared purpose to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund. The Conservation Alliance made donations to 22 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:
|Adirondack Council||Campaign for the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Wilderness||$45,000|
|Audubon Alaska||Arctic Refuge Campaign||$35,000|
|Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia||Campaign to Establish New Protected Areas in Northern BC||$45,000|
|Columbia Land Trust||Klickitat Canyon Conservation Campaign||$35,000|
|Conservation Colorado||Continental Divide Campaign||$45,000|
|Crested Butte Land Trust||Long Lake Land Exchange Project||$40,000|
|Grand Rapids Whitewater||Grand River Revitalization Project||$45,000|
|John Muir Land Trust||Campaign to Save Almond Ranch||$50,000|
|Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center||Oregon Wildlands Campaign||$45,000|
|Montana Wilderness Association||Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project||$45,000|
|National Wildlife Federation||Connecting the Upper Rio Grande Campaign||$40,000|
|Oregon Natural Desert Association||Campaign to Secure Lasting Protection for Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and Hart-Sheldon Landscape||$45,000|
|San Juan Citizen’s Alliance||San Juan Mountains Wilderness Campaign||$40,000|
|Save the Redwoods League||Protecting the Giants of Giant Sequoia National Monument Campaign||$50,000|
|Sierra Forest Legacy||Campaign to Protect Roadless Areas and Wild and Scenic rivers in the Southern Sierra Nevada||$30,000|
|The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina||Citatel Tract, Black River Preserve Campaign||$40,000|
|The Ocean Foundation||Nopolo Park Project||$20,000|
|The Trust for Public Land||Pōhue Bay Project||$40,000|
|Washington Wild||North Cascades and Puget Sound Headwaters Campaign||$35,000|
|Western Rivers Conservancy||Nason Ridge Project||$35,000|
|Whatcom Land Trust||Skookum Creek Campaign||$29,000|
|Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative||Campaign to Protect Alberta’s Bighorn Region||$45,000|
“Our membership continues to grow, enabling us to support 22 important land and water conservation projects in this grants cycle,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “Thanks to the generous support of our members, we’re on track to award a record $1.9 million in 2018.”
Each project funded during this grant cycle was nominated to submit a grant proposal by a Conservation Alliance member company. The Conservation Alliance staff and board evaluated 60 proposals and placed 25 projects on a ballot. The 22 grants awarded in this grant cycle represent the projects that received the most votes from Conservation Alliance member company employees. Collectively, these projects seek to protect more than ten million acres, 739 river miles, and remove five dams. The grants cover projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Four of the 22 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia; Crested Butte Land Trust; John Muir Land Trust and Sierra Forest Legacy.
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.