Bend, Ore. - The Conservation Alliance sent checks totaling $450,000 to 17 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance's first disbursal of funding for 2008, and represent the largest single funding round in the organization's history. This round brings total giving to $6.5 million since the organization's founding in 1989.
a vote of the group's 155 member companies, The Conservation Alliance
made donations to 17 grassroots conservation organizations as follows,
by organization, location and amount:
1. American Whitewater (Cullowhee, NC) $ 25,000
2. Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston, MA)/Trust for Public
3. Land (Montpelier, VT) $ 30,000
4. Audubon Alaska (Anchorage, AK) $ 30,000
5. Campaign to Save the Roan Plateau (Carbondale, CO) $ 20,000
6. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Ottawa, ON) $ 30,000
7. Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle, WA) $ 30,000
8. Colorado Mountain Club (Carbondale, CO) $ 20,000
9. Colorado Wild (Durango, CO) $ 20,000
10. Conservation Northwest (Bellingham, WA) $ 25,000
11. Greater Yellowstone Coalition (Bozeman, MT) $ 30,000
12. Idaho Conservation League (Boise, ID) $ 20,000
13. Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Fairbanks, AK) $ 30,000
14. Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bend, OR) $ 30,000
15. Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, NC) $ 30,000
16. Trout Unlimited/Alaska (Juneau, AK) $ 30,000
17. WaterWatch of Oregon (Portland, OR) $ 25,000
18. West Virginia Wilderness Coalition (Morgantown, WV) $ 25,000
are proud to once again make the largest grant disbursal in our
history," said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation
Alliance. "Our member companies continue to recognize that protected
wild places are important to the outdoor industry."
of grant recipients reflects the geographic distribution of
Conservation Alliance members. Conservation Alliance funds will support
efforts to: secure new wilderness designations in West Virginia,
Tennessee, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; protect wild rivers in
Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington; halt oil and gas development
on public lands in Wyoming and Colorado; protect private forest lands
in Maine; and expand park boundaries in Canada.
Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company.
"Our members do a terrific job identifying projects for funding," said Sterling.
is the first grant disbursement The Conservation Alliance has made in
2008. The Alliance plans a second $450,000 funding cycle in October.
are on track to contribute $900,000 in 2008," said Sterling. "That's a
significant investment in protecting our wild places."
(See be;pw for a description of each project.)
About the Conservation Alliance:
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.
its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $6.5
million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped
save over 38 million acres of wildlands; 26 dams have either been
stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than
16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.
For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF GRANTS
American Whitewater (Cullowhee, NC): Colorado Stewardship Program to
protect and restore water flows in streams throughout Colorado.
Appalachian Mountain Club/Trust for Public Land•Vermont (Montpelier,
VT): Mahoosuc Campaign to protect key natural and recreational areas in
the Mahoosuc region of New Hampshire and Maine.
3. Audubon Alaska
(Anchorage, AK): Alaska Conservation Program to build support to
protect key Alaska wildlands including the Tongass National Forest and
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
4. Campaign to Save Roan
Plateau (Carbondale, CO): Oil & Gas Development Campaign to protect
the public lands on Colorado's Roan Plateau.
5. Canadian Parks &
Wilderness Society (Ottawa, ON): Nahanni Forever Campaign to protect
the 7•million•acre South Nahanni River Watershed in Canada's Northwest
6. Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle, WA): Boulder
Falls Acquisition Campaign to protect Boulder Falls on Washington
State's Boulder River, a site threatened by a proposed
Colorado Mountain Club (Carbondale, CO): ORV Management Plan Campaign
to secure a network of non•motorized recreation designations on public
lands throughout Colorado.
8. Colorado Wild (Durango, CO): Wolf
Creek Pass Development Campaign to protect key habitat in the Southern
Rockies from a proposed development on Wolf Creek Pass.
Conservation Northwest (Bellingham, WA): Columbia Highlands Initiative
to protect 350,000 acres of wilderness, and restore 300,000 acres of
forests in Eastern Washington.
10. Greater Yellowstone Coalition
(Bozeman, MT): Wyoming Range Campaign to protect the 1.2- million-acre
Wyoming Range from proposed oil and gas development.
Conservation League (Boise, ID): Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness
Campaign to protect 320,000 acres of wildlands in central Idaho's
Boulder-White Clouds Mountains.
12. Northern Alaska Environmental
Center (Fairbanks, AK): Yukon Flats Refuge Campaign to protect three
areas in Alaska's Yukon from oil development.
13. Oregon Natural
Desert Association (Bend, OR): Badlands Wilderness Campaign to secure
Wilderness designation for 30,000 acres of desert wildlands in central
14. Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, NC):
Tennessee Wilderness Campaign to permanently protect 18,000 acres of
public land in Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest.
Unlimited Alaska Program (Juneau, AK): Pebble Mine Campaign to protect
the Bristol Bay watershed from a proposed open-pit gold-copper mine in
the bay's headwaters.
16. WaterWatch of Oregon (Portland, OR): Free
the Rogue Campaign to remove Savage Rapids Dam and other barriers to
fish passage and river recreation on Oregon's Rogue River.
Virginia Wilderness Coalition (Morgantown, WV): Wild Monongahela
Wilderness Campaign to protect more than 70,000 acres of public land in
the Monongahela National Forest.
Conservation Alliance Awards $450,000 In Grants To 17 OrganizationsTuesday, 15 April 2008
The Conservation Alliance sent checks totaling $450,000 to 17 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance's first disbursal of funding for 2008, and represent the largest single funding round in the organization's history. This round brings total giving to $6.5 million since the organization's founding in 1989.
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