Conservation Lands Foundation Blog

08.24.17

picnic on rock

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

08.22.17

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

08.21.17

California desert bloom

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

07.31.17

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

07.6.17

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

06.30.17

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

06.20.17

Conservation Organizations Call for Protection of Western Arctic

CONTACT: Sean Trambley Cell: 925-250-3174 Email: sean@fcpcommunications.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alaska (June 20, 2017)–Today, thirteen organizations sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging continued protection of the Western Arctic. The letter highlights the groups’ opposition to changing the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska’s Integrated Activity Plan to diminish current … read more

06.12.17

Release: CLF Opposes Recommendation to Strip Protections for Bears Ears National Monument

Durango, CO (June 12, 2017) – Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended major rollback of conservation protections for Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah. In direct opposition to the overwhelming public support for the Monument, Sec. Zinke has proposed stripping protections for portions of the National Monument. “With this … read more

06.6.17

Conservation Lands Foundation Announces David Feinman As Director of Government Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2017)—The Conservation Lands Foundation announced today that it has hired David Feinman as Director of Government Affairs. Feinman will be based in Washington, D.C., and will start in the newly created position beginning June 12. The Conservation Lands Foundation has become one of the nation’s most … read more

05.31.17

Zinke dismisses balanced plan, instead promotes reckless drilling in Western Arctic

Today’s Secretarial Order prioritizes drilling in sensitive caribou calving grounds and migratory bird sanctuaries WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2017)—Earlier today, at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Conference, the Secretary of Interior signed Secretarial Order (S.O.) 3352. The S.O. attempts to open over 11 million acres of fragile habitat to … read more