Conservation Lands Foundation Blog


Statement: Conservation Lands Foundation Praises Rep. Simpson (R-ID) For Introducing Bill To Honor Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus

Durango, Colo. (November 2, 2017) – The Conservation Lands Foundation is praising Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) for introducing H.R. 4134, to redesignate the White Clouds Wilderness in the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests in Idaho as the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness in honor of the late Idaho governor. Mr. … read more


In Zinke’s America, Corporations Win, People Lose — by Angel Pena

The Trump Administration’s continued attacks on our public lands are an attack on the American way of life—an attack on our shared heritage, our traditions and our values. On Oct. 24, 2017, the National Park Service (NPS), under the direction of Interior Secretary Zinke, announced another proposed sucker punch to … read more


CLF Responds to Rep. Bishop’s Radical “No New Parks” Bill

Durango, Colo. (UPDATED October 11, 2017)–The Conservation Lands Foundation has sent a letter to the House Natural Resources Committee opposing H.R. 3990–Congressman Rob Bishop’s (R-UT) attempt to gut the Antiquities Act, and released the following statement from Executive Director Brian Sybert: “H.R. 3990 is a radical and unprecedented attempt to gut the … read more


Statement on Las Vegas Shooting by Nevada Program Director Jocelyn Torres

Almost exactly a year ago today, many of us at the Conservation Lands Foundation and members of our Friends Grassroots Network gathered to celebrate our successes at the Mandalay Bay. Today, we witnessed a very different scene. Las Vegas is my home – the place where I work, play and … read more


STATEMENT: CLF Responds to Leaked National Monuments Review Report

Durango, Colo., (Sept. 18, 2017)–Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director Brian Sybert made the following statement concerning the report from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump that was leaked late last night. The report details the Secretary’s recommendations following the President’s April 26 Executive Order directing the Interior Department to … read more


CLF Statement on the passing of former Interior Secretary and founding board member Cecil D. Andrus

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is saddened by news of the passing of Cecil Dale Andrus, Interior Secretary under President Carter and one of the organization’s founding board members. Andrus was born in Hood River, Oregon, on Aug. 25, 1931, and died yesterday, a day before his 86th birthday. “Cecil Andrus … read more



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt derides Trump administration saying it “has no business altering our public lands for private interests.” Durango, Colo. (August 24, 2017)–In a cowardly move, Secretary Zinke hinted that changes would be made to the nation’s national monuments, without providing any details. Secretary Zinke’s … read more


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Conservation Lands Foundation Statement on National Monuments Review Summary

In response to DOI’s release of its national monument review report summary, the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Executive Director and Board Chair issued the following statements: Brian Sybert, Executive Director:  “Public lands are well-loved by all Americans and should not be turned into a partisan issue. Secretary Zinke has once again … read more


Don’t Change Our Monuments – Friends Grassroots Network Open Letter To Secretary Zinke

Dear Secretary Zinke, We are community leaders representing thousands of local citizen-advocates and volunteer stewards of America’s land-based national monuments. We live in and represent the gateway communities to these treasured places–most of which are part of America’s National Conservation Lands, protected lands that stands proudly alongside our national parks … read more


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For Veterans in California, Restoring Public Lands Offers a New Career Path

By Ryan Sharrow I grew up in the California Desert, spending my childhood in Hesperia and high school years in Needles.  When I joined the Army I spent time in some very different landscapes – Georgia, and Alaska for mountaineering school.  That is where I began to love the outdoors. … read more