Conservation Lands Foundation Blog

05.23.14

Organ Mountians-Desert Peaks

“IT’S HAPPENING!!! Please help us celebrate!”

Happy Friday, and what a week! On Monday, May 19, Obama Administration officials announced the President’s intention to designate a new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument—and he signed the proclamation on Wednesday, May 21.  Today there is a big local celebration in Las Cruces, NM, with a host of Department … read more

05.19.14

Rockhouse and Organ Mountains under milkyway - credit Wayne Suggs

Success! Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation announced

The Obama Administration today announced their plans to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The addition of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to the National Conservation Lands protects the crossroads of New Mexican and American history, and is an … read more

05.5.14

Fort Ord National Monument Designation

Fort Ord and the Sea Otter Classic: National Conservation Lands Are Good For Business

In what kind of utopian fantasy-world do business, conservation, mountain bike and equestrian interests not only coexist but prosper? How about at Fort Ord, the former Army base-turned-National-Monument on California’s central coast? On April 20, 2012, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to designate Fort Ord National Monument. The proclamation stated, in … read more

04.30.14

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit

Bruce Babbitt Receives the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award

Today the Conservation Lands Foundation staff extends a heartfelt congratulations to our board member and former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who just received the esteemed Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award—presented to an individual whose passion for, dedication, and commitment to the environment are exemplified by his or her efforts to … read more

04.29.14

McLeod Tool

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance Volunteers: Stewardship Prevails

Last weekend volunteers with the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance headed out to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to close a rogue road and repair damage caused by three people who were illegally cutting juniper trees inside the monument for firewood. The three were arrested last winter and eventually required … read more

04.25.14

Gold Butte yucca

Now more than ever, let’s support the Friends of Gold Butte

Public lands in southern Nevada have been receiving a lot of attention of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The conflict between an illegal trespass grazer and the land management agency responsible for enforcing the law and protecting our public lands has been covered extensively throughout the media in … read more

04.25.14

Setting up for the 2014 Zion Earth Day Celebration in Springdale, Utah

Friends Groups Celebrate Earth Day 2014

According to the Wilderness Society, an estimated twenty million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970—forty five years ago this week.  The event drew extensive media attention and ushered in an era of unprecedented environmental legislation. In a recent op-ed, Alex Laskey–Conservation Lands Foundation Board Member and President and Founder … read more

04.15.14

Grandstaircaseoverlook_BobWick

Oil Spill In Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

On March 22, hikers in southern Utah came upon a distressing sight: a four-mile slick of oil staining the Little Valley Wash, which eventually drains into the Escalante River, inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The spill had not been reported. The hikers sent photos of the leak to staff … read more

04.14.14

2014-Mitigation-Strategy_page

DOI’s New Mitigation Strategy and the National Conservation Lands

Following a commitment to modernizing its approach to managing development on public lands, the Department of Interior (DOI) released a report last week that may lead to better protection for fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation within the tens of millions of acres of public land open to oil … read more

04.8.14

Sandberg Bluesgrass plant

Into the Weeds in the Deschutes Canyon

The following is a guest blog post by Marilynne Keyser, Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs) Weed Team: How do you get folks excited about eradicating invasive weeds on public lands? Start where folks live. At least that’s what I think. The Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes … read more