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Into the Weeds in the Deschutes Canyon

The following is a guest blog post by Marilynne Keyser, Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs) Weed Team: How do you get folks excited about eradicating invasive weeds on public lands? Start where folks live. At least that’s what I think. The Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes … read more


The Snowy River passage's crystalline calcite deposit is the largest known continuous mineral cave formation--or spelothem--in the world.

Celebrating Five Achievement-Packed Years for Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave NCA

This amazing National Conservation Area (NCA) was designated on March 30th, 2009 as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which also permanently established the National Conservation Lands. The Fort Stanton Cave is a significant natural, cultural and historical resource located in the south-central part of New Mexico. The … read more



Public Outcry Besets House Vote on National Monuments

In only a matter of days, a large coalition of voices came together to stop the “Preventing New Parks” Bill – H.R. 1459. Sportsmen, businesses, African Americans, Hispanics, and Veterans joined with conservationists and preservationists to oppose the measure. Dozens of groups from the Friends Grassroots Network joined voices with … read more


Dolores River Wilderness Study Area, photo courtesy of Kate Thompson. The Dolores River WSA is part of the National Conservation Lands, celebrating their 5th Anniversary since being permanently established in 2009.

Happy 5th Birthday to our National Conservation Lands!

Five years ago, on March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Among other things, the Act permanently established the National Conservation Lands. Since then, Conservation Lands Foundation and its partner Friends groups have worked to get new lands protected within the … read more



DOI/VISTA Volunteer: An Opportunity for Your Organization?

Has your non-profit “friends” group considered applying for a VISTA volunteer to work with your organization? The U.S. Department of Interior Volunteers in Service to America (DOI/VISTA) initiative offers full-time, college-trained volunteers to serve with sponsoring organizations. They write grants, recruit and train volunteers, interpret data, foster and nurture partnerships, … read more



H.R. 1459 – The “Preventing New Parks” Bill, Up For House Vote Today

Today, a vote for the “Preventing New Parks” bill, (H.R. 1459) stands as a direct assault on our National Parks, National Monuments and public lands conservation heritage. H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” spells just that—an epic fail for protecting our … read more


Sam at Stornetta

Welcoming Stornetta to the National Conservation Lands

With the sun shining off the surf off the California coastline, the entire community of Point Arena, California came out to celebrate the first on-land expansion to the California Coastal National Monument and the newest addition to the National Conservation Lands. The celebration was possible thanks to President Obama responding to … read more



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