The Conservation Alliance Contributes a Record $879,000 in Grants to 22 Organizations

October 1, 2018

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:

Organization Project Amount
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

Total   $879,000

“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

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: