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Guest Blog: National Conservation Areas Offer a Vision for Colorado’s Grand Valley

Having grown-up in the southeast, surrounded by mostly private land or pay-to-play recreation opportunities, I can vividly remember the first time I rode Rustler’s, Mary’s Loop, Horsethief Bench, and Steve’s Loop back in 2008. Those springtime pedal strokes ushered in more than just miles of smiles. They brought with them … read more



Choosing Service: Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps

The Conservation Lands Foundation stands in grateful awe of the more than 100 people who donated online to our crowdrise campaign called “Service Not Seizure.” The campaign was a rebuke of the Bundy family and other militants’ illegal seizure of public lands in Oregon and instead, invited people to donate … read more



Home for Art: Basin & Range National Monument

Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument has always been a home for art. The monument–which President Obama designated just last summer using the Antiquities Act–surrounds artist Michael Heizer’s mile-long land art project City. But Basin and Range has also inspired other artists. One artist, Checko Salgado, was inspired to start an organization called … read more


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Want To Know About Planning 2.0? A Modern Process for Public Lands Planning

A few weeks ago, the BLM announced a next major step in redesigning the planning process for America’s public lands for the modern era. They are calling this initiative “Planning 2.0.” This initiative aims to make the planning process for the use and management of public lands more collaborative, transparent, … read more



CLF Contributes to Patagonia’s Book “Tools for Grassroots Activists”

Patagonia, the well-known outdoor gear and clothing company, has just released a new book, Tools for Grassroots Activists. The book captures an accumulation of knowledge and best practices from Patagonia’s long-standing Tools Conference. The conference, which has been around for over 20 years, provides training and collaboration opportunities for environmental … read more



Guest Blog: Why the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) failed American Indians in San Juan County

This op-ed by Willie Grayeyes, chairman of Utah Diné Bikéyah, was originally published on Feb. 15, 2016 in the Salt Lake Tribune. The op-ed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (“PLI gives tribes more of what they want in Bears Ears,” Feb. 7) demonstrated exactly why Native Americans have been failed by … read more


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New Desert Monuments Protect Heritage, Open Space With Balanced Approach To Conservation

(February 11, 2016) JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Conservation Lands Foundation welcomed today’s announcement that President Obama intends to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains National Monuments in the California desert. “The California desert is a remarkable area with one of the most diverse landscapes in … read more


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Inspiration… and our intention to see it grow

A year ago, we wrote about the civil rights movement and how the extraordinary leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. also inspired people who came after him—by about a decade—to pursue environmental justice, protect the natural world, and pass laws such the Clean Water Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Wilderness Act and … read more


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#ServiceNotSeizure: Support America’s Public Lands

The Bundy family from southern Nevada has been in a decades’ long feud with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the family’s use of public lands for grazing, but the recent militant takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon has taken the dispute to a new level. … read more



Mourning The Loss Of Doug Walker

We start 2016 with heavy hearts as we mourn the passing of our board member, Doug Walker. Doug was a founding board member of the Conservation Lands Foundation and demonstrated a strong passion for engaging people in the outdoors. He was a constant advocate for enhancing the diversity of the … read more