Conservation Lands Foundation Blog



BLM Photographer Bob Wick Highlighted in CBS News Story

Just last week Bob Wick, a Wilderness Specialist with BLM, was featured during CBS nightly news. The story highlighted Wick’s “side job” as a photographer for the BLM in conjunction with the recent addition of the Stornetta Public Lands.  “Bob Wick’s photos do more than describe the new addition to … read more



Join our sustainer program and receive an Osprey Pack!

Become a sustaining donor to the Conservation Lands Foundation today and receive your choice of a men’s Osprey Talon 22 or a women’s Osprey Tempest 20 pack to gear up for your upcoming adventures in the National Conservation Lands! When you donate $15/month or more for the next 12 months, you will receive your … read more



BLM Falls Short of Comprehensive Analysis of Proposed Western Arctic Development

Late last month, the Alaska Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a set of five draft alternatives for the development of the first commercial oil production facility on federal land within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The proposed Greater Mooses Tooth oil and gas development is located in the wildlife … read more


Historic Photo Night, Escalante

Historic Photos: A Great Way to Bring Communities Together

There’s nothing quite like a series of old black and white photographs—of buildings long-gone, unnamed ancestors sitting on a wagon, familiar mountain ranges with cattle grazing in the foreground—to get people talking. And that’s what happened February 12 in the dining room of the Cowboy Blues restaurant in Escalante, when … read more


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Friends of the San Pedro River Recognized for 10,000 Hours of Volunteer Support

Friends of the San Pedro River were surprised in early February with special recognition from BLM Director Neil Kornze, who thanked members of the group for providing over 10,000 hours of volunteer support in 2013 for resource management planning education forums and other interpretative, public outreach and maintenance programs at … read more



Senator Michael Bennet Joins Senator Mark Udall’s Effort to Preserve Browns Canyon

February 28, 2014 – Citing the area’s importance to the local economy, Senator Michael Bennet became a cosponsor of S.1794, The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013, to protect Browns Canyon region as an invaluable economic and natural resource for Chaffee County and the state.  The bill, originally introduced by Colorado U.S. … read more


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Veterans and Volunteers Join Forces for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 21 community volunteers and 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps—as they worked side-by-side today on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, CA. As we … read more



Living on Earth: Presidential Pen Creating National Monuments

Our National Monument Campaign Director Ryan Bidwell recently sat down with Living on Earth to discuss the the importance of monuments, how they incorporate individual values of the land and public input so people get to be part of the process of protecting a place: “The administration has been very clear … read more


Photo of Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Grant from Edison International Puts Boots on the Ground

We are pleased to announce that this week an all-veterans conservation crew began a four-week project to improve hiking trails in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument near Palm Springs, CA—thanks to a $35,000 grant from Edison International to the Conservation Lands Foundation for the effort. The … read more


Merced River-Wild and Scenic

Attempts to “un-do” a Designated Wild and Scenic River

The Conservation Lands Foundation joined a number of conservation and recreation organizations, businesses, and tribes in sending a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.R. 3964 – a terrible bill introduced at the end of January by California House Republicans that would result in  “un-designating” the Merced River, … read more