Conservation Lands Foundation Blog



Obama Designates Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to permanently protect Browns Canyon in Colorado, along with the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii and Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood, as national monuments. These national monuments will permanently protect a diversity of lands and waters that … read more



Leaders across the California Desert Unified in Call for Strong Desert Planning

For immediate release February 19, 2015 Contact: Sam Goldman, California Program Director 415-669-4531 Rare Bipartisan Effort highlights need to prioritize conservation and minimize impact on neighborhoods in DRECP planning process San Bernardino County, CA – A letter signed by a diverse cross section of 40 desert community leaders and … read more


Being Caribou - Copy

“This American Land” explores Alaska’s Western Arctic

Fresh on the heels of last week’s BLM decision to permit the first oil and gas development for the Greater Mooses Tooth – Unit 1 in the Western Arctic, including a permanent 8-mile road through a protected area, “This American Land” has just released their newest episode, “America’s Wildest Secret.” The episode follows a Conservation Lands … read more


Alaska's Western Arctic

BLM setting a low bar for Arctic development

Any day now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue a final permit for the first oil and gas production facility in the 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (Reserve), which will also green light the first permanent road in the Reserve’s as-yet untouched wetlands and tundra. Over … read more



A Preview of 2015 Rendezvous Happenings

This year’s Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous will be March 13-15, 2015 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, next door to the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After years of local and regional advocacy, this monument was designated in spring of 2014 by President Obama—and we couldn’t think of a more inspiring setting for … read more


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

Adventuring in the Amargosa: Working to Protect a Stunning California Region

  On January 20, 2015 Patrick Donnelly, Executive Director of the Amargosa Conservancy and Sam Goldman, California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation climbed the Ring Peak outside of the village of Shoshone in the BLM’s Nopah Wilderness. Patrick wrote this post describing their sunrise ascent. Many areas of the region … read more



Amendments 166 and 132 attacking public lands Fail to Pass Senate

Today the U.S. Senate stood up for America’s public lands by defeating two proposals that would have been devastating to our public lands, putting millions of acres of land at risk for oil drilling and development.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone in the Friends Grassroots Network–and beyond–who voiced their opposition … read more



Amendments attached to the Keystone XL bill attack Public Lands

[The following blog, written by CLF intern and Fort Lewis College student Scott Greenler, offers an overview of amendments attached to the Keystone XL bill, which is before the Senate today. Scott last wrote about BLM’s “Planning 2.0″ for this blog, and we look forward to having more of his … read more



Senate to Vote on Stripping Protections for 6 Million Acres of WSAs

Today the Senate will vote on Amendment 166 which would strip protections for 6 million acres of Wilderness Study Areas- ultimately removing these protected units from the National Conservation Lands. Below is a fact sheet on the Amendment. Please call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Amendment … read more


Elk on the Rio Grande, NM

Ideas that Endure… and keep us going

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. The early 1960s U.S. civil rights movement, led by Martin … read more