Conservation Lands Foundation Blog


STATEMENT: CLF Responds to Leaked National Monuments Review Report

Sept. 18, 2017 (Durango, Colo.)–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 Job Posting: Development Assistant

Position Title: Development Assistant Location: Durango, Colorado Position reports to: Senior Development Director GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Bozeman, Las Cruces, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.  The Conservation Lands Foundation was established … 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


REPORT: People of the Global Majority ONE Summit

The days leading up to the deadline to declare my college major were anxiety producing.  I was hesitant to choose the Environmental Studies (ES) track even though I knew I would be content studying public health, food deserts and ecology for my remaining time at Bates. I struggled to make … read more


Hands-on at Sand to Snow National Monument

A team of young military veterans who are part of the California Conservation Corps recently completed a three-week restoration project in Sand to Snow National Monument in San Bernardino County, California. This 154,000-­acre National Monument—one of the nation’s most recently designated and newest additions to the National Conservation Lands—is an … read more


The Women Behind Monuments – Part 3 In A Series: Henrietta Stern

Name: Henrietta Stern City, State: Pacific Grove, CA  (Monterey County) Position: Volunteer President of the Board of Directors of Fort Ord Recreation Trails (FORT) Friends What monument were you involved with? Fort Ord National Monument Why did you get involved? I love the Fort Ord trails and originally got involved … read more