Conservation Lands Foundation Blog



Celebrating our Public Lands (and green chile!)

Residents of Las Cruces, New Mexico can talk all day about our main agricultural crop, green chile.  We eat it on our hamburgers, add it to our breakfast, and even eat it on ice cream.  Our restaurants have green chile in almost every dish, bloody Mary drinks are made with … read more



Aaron Lowden, Ancestral Lands Program, speaks at 2016 Friends Rendezvous

In the video below, Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator for Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program, speaks about his connection to his Acoma homeland and the public lands he helps restore. Aaron was a key presenter at the Conservation Lands Foundation’s “Friends Rendezvous,” an annual gathering of non-profit conservation organizations around the west working to … read more


Maite Arce, President and CEO, Hispanic Access Foundation

Guest Blog: Making Sure the Next 100 Years of Conservation Is Reflective of ALL Americans

By Maite Arce, President and CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) Only a few weeks ago we all celebrated the Centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and to celebrate the occasion, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell held a town hall discussion about diversity at the César E. Chávez … read more



Partnering with the Ancestral Lands Program

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) staff is proud to announce that our first restoration partnership project with Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program will be underway Sept. 19 – 29. A conservation corps made up of five young people from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico will be doing habitat restoration and … read more


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Marine Monument Demonstrates Obama’s Commitment to Engaging American Public in Conservation

On Wednesday President Obama announced the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, 150 miles off of Cape Cod. This monument encompasses a series of biologically diverse and important canyons and seamounts in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England. The monument serves as a … read more


Amargosa River. Photo Bob Wick/BLM

NEWS RELEASE: Balanced California Desert Management Plan Promotes Renewable Energy While Permanently Protecting Key Landscapes

New California Desert Conservation Lands ensure the public can continue to explore and experience the best of the unspoiled California Desert Palm Desert, Calif. (September 14, 2016) — The Conservation Lands Foundation praised the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) today. … read more


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Celebrating and Reflecting on America’s National Parks

What a birthday it has been. On Wednesday, August 24, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama designated what may be the wildest remaining land east of the Mississippi River as Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This designation will permanently protect significant natural, scientific, … read more


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Ready, set, …RMP!

Inspiring people to stay involved in the development of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) can be one of the toughest—and most important—undertakings for conservation groups in the Friends Grassroots Network. Staff and volunteers with the Western Slope Conservation Center recently organized an RMP Info + Action Meeting in Paonia, CO, … read more


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Ancestral Lands Program Season Celebration

Nothing beats a mid-summer celebration—especially when it involves homemade food, a gathering of friends, and recognition for great work in the community and far beyond. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps—a program of Conservation Legacy and Southwest Conservation Corps that provides job training, employment and conservation exposure for Native American youth, primarily from the southwest—held just … read more


Secretary Jewell emerges from a teepee after meeting with tribal elders

Bears Ears Public Meeting A Resounding Success

Blog and all photos by CLF intern Jake Glassman. A public meeting with Obama Administration officials in Bluff, Utah on July 16th marked a huge milestone in the campaign to protect the Bears Ears region of that state as a national monument. The 1.9 million acre area known as the … read more