Conservation Lands Foundation Blog



CLF Welcomes New California Program Director, Announces New Position

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is pleased to announce that Elyane Stefanick has joined our team as California Program Director. Elyane is a seasoned foundation expert, coming most recently from the Hewlett Foundation and Arabella Advisors.  She is committed to grassroots organizations and has already proven to be a valuable member of the … read more


Brian O'Donnell

A Message From Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director Brian O’Donnell

I wanted to share with you, my friends and colleagues, that I have let the Conservation Lands Foundation Board of Directors know that I will be stepping down as Executive Director of CLF at the end of January. I have had the incredible privilege of working for CLF for nearly a … read more


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

CLF Job Announcement: Executive Director

Position Title: Executive Director Location: Durango, CO Position reports to: Board of Directors 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, and Washington, DC.  The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in … read more



Connecting Local Communities To An Unknown Backyard

Throughout the month of October, Friends and partners in the California Desert hosted National Park Service Centennial events to celebrate 100 years of America’s iconic public lands, including some of the newest additions to the National Conservation Lands – the Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails National Monuments. These events … read more


Secretary Sally Jewell emerges from a teepee after meeting with tribal elders in the Bears Ears region of Utah

We support elevating Native American voices, including those at Standing Rock

The Conservation Lands Foundation was founded to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands. To achieve that mission, we focus our efforts on lands that are part of, or should someday be part of, this 35 million-acre system—managed by the Bureau of Land Management on behalf of the American … read more



Down by the Río: veterans, young people join forces for the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

Young military veterans, volunteers and staff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently welcomed 37 high school students to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to collaborate on a unique stewardship project and field trip. Together they planted approximately 30 cottonwood trees and more than 500 milkweeds plants … read more



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