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06.26.14

Happy Anniversary to Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness!

Happy Anniversary to one of Oregon’s BLM-managed National Conservation Lands, the 6,082 acre Table Rock Wilderness in the Molalla River drainage about 50 miles south of Portland. The Table Rock Wilderness was designated part of the National Wilderness System on June 26, 1984, a move that has spared this area the fate … read more

05.28.14

Recreation and Conservation Can Go Hand-In-Hand On The National Conservation Lands

As we near the end of May–National Bike Month if you didn’t know–it seems like a good time to talk about bikes and the National Conservation Lands. The National Conservation Lands are the premier protected lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Rules for bicycle access on these special lands … read more

05.19.14

Success! Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation announced

The Obama Administration today announced their plans to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The addition of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to the National Conservation Lands protects the crossroads of New Mexican and American history, and is an … read more

05.5.14

Fort Ord and the Sea Otter Classic: National Conservation Lands Are Good For Business

In what kind of utopian fantasy-world do business, conservation, mountain bike and equestrian interests not only coexist but prosper? How about at Fort Ord, the former Army base-turned-National-Monument on California’s central coast? On April 20, 2012, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to designate Fort Ord National Monument. The proclamation stated, in … read more

04.30.14

Bruce Babbitt Receives the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award

Today the Conservation Lands Foundation staff extends a heartfelt congratulations to our board member and former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who just received the esteemed Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award—presented to an individual whose passion for, dedication, and commitment to the environment are exemplified by his or her efforts to … read more

04.29.14

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance Volunteers: Stewardship Prevails

Last weekend volunteers with the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance headed out to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to close a rogue road and repair damage caused by three people who were illegally cutting juniper trees inside the monument for firewood. The three were arrested last winter and eventually required … read more

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

04.3.14

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

04.2.14

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