Conservation Lands Foundation Blog

11.18.14

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Count, Tally and Report: Numbers Tell A Story

Friends of the San Pedro River, based in southern Arizona, have been stewards, advocates and volunteers for this great desert waterway even before Congress designated it as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. (Happy designation-birthday, SPRNCA!) Managing a bookstore, hikes, programs to local schools and community groups, input … read more

11.11.14

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Sen. Feinstein Celebrates 20 Years of Calif. Desert Protection, Announces New Conservation Efforts

Friends Grassroots Network Groups Support Efforts for Large Expansion of BLM’s National Conservation Lands:  New monuments, and wilderness protections in the California Desert Whitewater Canyon, CA—On November 6, 2014, Senator Dianne Feinstein celebrated the 20th anniversary of her California Desert Protection Act with a gathering of elected officials, conservation organizations, and desert residents … read more

10.20.14

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Decision Point for the Western Arctic

In just a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management will issue its final decision for the first oil production facility in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is our nation’s largest parcel of public land, and over half of its 23 million acres are available for oil … read more

10.17.14

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Making DOI’s Mitigation Strategy A Reality

In April, we wrote about the Department of Interior’s (DOI) commitment to forge a new policy for mitigating the effects of energy development on public lands. People working for various agencies within DOI have been meeting to discuss how to move last April’s Mitigation Strategy into policy. What a huge and … read more

10.15.14

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Thank You Pacific Gas and Electric Company for Supporting Fort Ord

Thanks to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E), there will be a special event celebrating National Public Lands Day and Make a Difference Day Saturday, October 25 at Fort Ord National Monument, near Monterey, CA. Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently provided a grant to the Conservation Lands … read more

10.8.14

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See America Project- Organ Mountains

If you walk the halls of the Interior Building in Washington, D.C. you will see posters of iconic landmarks from around the nation. The “See America” campaign is “reviving the legacy of the New Deal arts projects by inviting artists & designers from all 50 states to create a new … read more

09.30.14

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Snow, Cold Temps at National Public Lands Day Event in California’s Bodie Hills

National Public Lands Day Events took place throughout the National Conservation Lands around the country on Saturday, September 27th, but one event greeted volunteers with snow.  In the Bodie Hills in Eastern California, a coalition of organizations including Friends of the Inyo, California State Parks, the Bodie Foundation, and the … read more

09.26.14

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“Planning 2.0″ at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

by Scott Greenler The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun a process to redesign much of its approach to land management planning in order to become a more effective agency overall. While still in early stages of discussion and development, BLM staff are referring to it as “Planning 2.0.” The BLM is … read more

09.23.14

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Big day for the California Desert

Today, Secretary Jewell announced a broad based plan for the protection of millions of acres of public lands as part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The BLM was mandated by Congress in the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands bill to add all lands already managed for conservation to the National … read more

09.19.14

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Anniversary

This beautiful photograph, captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Bob Wick, is a perfect introduction to southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument–the first and largest monument officially added to the National Conservation Lands.  And it’s time to wish it happy birthday! September 18th marks the anniversary of President … read more