Conservation Lands Foundation Blog


Secretary Salazar at the dedication of the Fort Ord National Monument

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Fort Ord National Monument!

Fort Ord National Monument turned 3 today. Since April 20, 2012, when President Obama designated this former Army base near Monterey, Calif. as a national monument, it has proven that protected public lands can boost business, achieve conservation goals, honor our military history and even, (take a deep breath), bring mountain bikers … read more


Veteran Conservation Corps members in front of new educational kiosk at Black Mountain Wilderness

Veterans Conservation Corps begins work in Black Mountain Wilderness desert habitat

On March 24, a group of ten military veterans who are part of the California Conservation Corps began orientation class to prepare for a restoration project taking place in the Black Mountain Wilderness, near Barstow CA – part of BLM’s National Conservation Lands. A day later, boots hit the ground … read more



From Military Service to Green Service: coming to the Black Mountain Wilderness, CA

A 10-member all-veterans conservation corps is kicking off of a two-week project March 24 to restore wildlife habitat and improve signage within the Black Mountain Wilderness near Barstow, CA, thanks to a grant from Edison International made to the Conservation Lands Foundation. In addition to improving wildlife habitat and enhancing visitors’ … read more



Moving up the pyramid – Engagement Organizing

Once someone is introduced to your organization – perhaps they attended an event, signed up for your email, maybe even sent you a contribution – what’s your next step? If your sign-up list sits in a desk drawer until you find time to enter contact information into your database (if … read more


Friends Rendezvous Success Stories

Success Stories from the Friends Grassroots Network

Forty-one people played a round of “speed success stories” last night at the Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous – an annual gathering hosted by the Conservation Lands Foundation that is taking place this weekend in Las Cruces, NM. Passing a microphone around the room, people had 90 seconds to describe their … read more


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The #FriendsRendezvous is in #LasCruces, celebrating the #NationalConservationLands

Las Cruces Bound! Friday evening, March 13,  marks the start of the seventh annual Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, a gathering of people from many walks of life who care about the National Conservation Lands SO MUCH that they get together… to share a weekend of learning about policy, advocacy, grassroots … read more


A walk in the California Coastal National Monument, photo, Chris McLaughlin

A National Monument Turns One

Community Advocates Deserve Thanks in Act of Democracy Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expansion of the California Coastal National Monument at Point Arena-Stornetta in Mendocino County, California. This first on-shore addition of the monument of rocks and islands that stretch from the Mexico border to the Oregon border, … read more


Hiking in the Nopah Wilderness. Proposed National Conservation Lands surround this peak.

Statement from the Conservation Lands Foundation on Today’s DRECP Announcement

For Immediate Release March 10, 2015 Contact:  Sam Goldman, California Program Director, (415) 669-4531  Change in process could move forward important conservation actions and bring clarity to desert planning  SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 10, 2015) – The Conservation Lands Foundation welcomed today’s decision from California and Federal agency planners … read more


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Running for Joy! Let’s celebrate Colorado’s newest National Monument

The Conservation Lands Foundation, headquartered in Durango, Colo., is looking for RUNNERS. We need you to help us celebrate President Obama’s designation of a new national monument! On February 20, 2015, the President designated over 21,000 beautiful acres in central Colorado and a stretch of the Arkansas River as the new … read more



Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Inspires This Year’s Rendezvous

Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Addresses Power of Activism  As the California Director, I was especially excited to learn that Michael Scott from the Hewlett Foundation, who has a long history with conservation in the state, would be our keynote speaker at the 2015 Friends Rendezvous.  Last night he lit up the room. … read more