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04.15.14

Oil Spill In Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

On March 22, hikers in southern Utah came upon a distressing sight: a four-mile slick of oil staining the Little Valley Wash, which eventually drains into the Escalante River, inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The spill had not been reported. The hikers sent photos of the leak to staff … read more

04.14.14

DOI’s New Mitigation Strategy and the National Conservation Lands

Following a commitment to modernizing its approach to managing development on public lands, the Department of Interior (DOI) released a report last week that may lead to better protection for fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation within the tens of millions of acres of public land open to oil … read more

04.8.14

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

04.3.14

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

04.3.14

Job Announcement: Alaska Program Director

The Conservation Lands Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual to direct our Alaska program. Please see the job description below for more information. Position Title: Alaska Program Director Location: Alaska or Washington, DC
(Seattle or in our headquarters in Durango, CO could be considered) Position Reports to: Senior Vice … read more

04.2.14

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

04.2.14

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

04.1.14

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

03.26.14

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

03.19.14

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