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Running for Joy! Let’s celebrate Colorado’s newest National Monument

The Conservation Land Foundation, headquartered in Durango, CO is looking for RUNNERS. We need you to help us celebrate President Obama’s designation of a new national monument! On February 20, 2015, the President designated over 21,000 beautiful acres in central Colorado and a stretch of the Arkansas River as the new … read more



Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Will Speak at This Year’s Rendezvous

The Conservation Lands Foundation is pleased to announce that Michael Scott, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation Environment Program, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, March 13-15 in Las Cruces, NM. Michael has been a long-time champion of the Friends Grassroots Network, a strong advocate for … read more


Male sage-grouse. US Fish & Wildlife Service Photo.

Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration In California’s Bodie Hills

Thanks to Jeff Hunter from the Bodie Hill Conservation Partnership for this guest blog post. Keep up the great work in the Eastern Sierra!     In Eastern California, where the Sierra Nevada Range meets the Great Basin lies the Bodie Hills. Here, in ancient hills formed by fire and … read more



Job Opening: Development Assistant

Position Title: Development Assistant (part-time) Location: Durango, CO Position Reports to: Associate Director for Development Close date: March 31, 2015 GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Conservation Lands Foundation is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Anchorage, Albuquerque, Bozeman and Washington, DC. The Conservation Lands Foundation … read more



Obama Designates Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to permanently protect Browns Canyon in Colorado, along with the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii and Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood, as national monuments. These national monuments will permanently protect a diversity of lands and waters that … read more



Leaders across the California Desert Unified in Call for Strong Desert Planning

For immediate release February 19, 2015 Contact: Sam Goldman, California Program Director 415-669-4531 Rare Bipartisan Effort highlights need to prioritize conservation and minimize impact on neighborhoods in DRECP planning process San Bernardino County, CA – A letter signed by a diverse cross section of 40 desert community leaders and … read more


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“This American Land” explores Alaska’s Western Arctic

Fresh on the heels of last week’s BLM decision to permit the first oil and gas development for the Greater Mooses Tooth – Unit 1 in the Western Arctic, including a permanent 8-mile road through a protected area, “This American Land” has just released their newest episode, “America’s Wildest Secret.” The episode follows a Conservation Lands … read more


Alaska's Western Arctic

BLM setting a low bar for Arctic development

Any day now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue a final permit for the first oil and gas production facility in the 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (Reserve), which will also green light the first permanent road in the Reserve’s as-yet untouched wetlands and tundra. Over … read more



A Preview of 2015 Rendezvous Happenings

This year’s Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous will be March 13-15, 2015 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, next door to the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After years of local and regional advocacy, this monument was designated in spring of 2014 by President Obama—and we couldn’t think of a more inspiring setting for … read more


Hiking in the Nopah Wilderness. Proposed National Conservation Lands surround this peak.

Adventuring in the Amargosa: Working to Protect a Stunning California Region

  On January 20, 2015 Patrick Donnelly, Executive Director of the Amargosa Conservancy and Sam Goldman, California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation climbed the Ring Peak outside of the village of Shoshone in the BLM’s Nopah Wilderness. Patrick wrote this post describing their sunrise ascent. Many areas of the region … read more