Conservation Lands Foundation’s Statement on So-Called Review of National Monuments

Durango, Colo. (April 26, 2017) – In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on the review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act, the Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement from John Wallin, Acting Executive Director: “This “review” of national monuments is a waste of time and money.  … read more


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


Closed Part 2- The Friends Grassroots Network Experiences the Impact of the Shutdown

Since the shutdown, the Friends Grassroots Network has directly experienced the effects through the termination of all volunteer activities and events.  The government shutdown has also led to: the closure of visitor centers including Friends offices; cancelation of all recreational and education events; and serious economic impacts on gateway communities … read more


Artists Present Works on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

DOLORES, Colo. – A painter, sculptor and cellist who spent a month collaborating with scientists at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument bridging the gap between art and scientific perspectives on wilderness will present their work at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Anasazi Heritage Center. The project, entitled “Aldo … read more


World Class Resources, Shoestring Budget: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

This week the Durango Herald highlighted one of the most important areas in the National Conservation Lands: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.  Located in southwest Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients contains more than 6000 archeological sites and exceptional recreational opportunities. As the Herald points out, the Bureau of Land … read more


Meet the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance

Around 60 people braved snowstorms in the Cortez/Dolores area of southwestern Colorado on Saturday for the first organizational meeting of the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance.  The group’s mission states that they, “support the missions of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center through financial and volunteer resources. … read more


Get outside and volunteer: National Public Lands Day is Sept 24

This year, National Public Lands Day is September 24, 2011. While many supporters of the National Conservation Lands already volunteer throughout the year, this day provides a high profile opportunity to get others involved in conservation stewardship projects. More than 1,900 events are scheduled across the country, including several in the National … read more