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


Living on Earth: Presidential Pen Creating National Monuments

Our National Monument Campaign Director Ryan Bidwell recently sat down with Living on Earth to discuss the the importance of monuments, how they incorporate individual values of the land and public input so people get to be part of the process of protecting a place: “The administration has been very clear … 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


The National Conservation Lands Celebrate 13 Years — Toot!

Horns toot across America today for the National Conservation Lands, which celebrate 13 years from when they were established under one management system in 2000. It’s amazing what can happen in 13 years. A child turns into a teenager. The cicada squirms from the earth to sing for a mate. … read more


Designation of Five New National Monuments to Benefit Local Communities

President’s action will also expand the National Conservation Lands Durango, CO (March 25, 2013) – The Conservation Lands Foundation applauded today’s designation of five new national monuments by President Obama. “Today’s action by the President is a terrific step in protecting America’s history and our outdoor heritage.  President Obama has … read more


Interior Secretary Salazar Holds Public Meeting on New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte

Last weekend, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar held a public meeting in Taos to explore the best path forward for the preservation and protection of the Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. A monument designation protecting the Rio Grande del Norte – an area beloved by sportsmen, hikers and local tribes … read more


Video Celebrates Conservation Legacy of Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) announced early last year that after five terms representing New Mexico, he would not seek a sixth trip to Washington, D.C. The announcement of his retirement was a sad one for many reasons, not least of which being that throughout his tenure Senator Bingaman made protecting public … read more


Five New National Monuments on the Way

President Obama is planning to designate the San Juan Islands and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments on Monday. These new designations will become spectacular additions to our National Conservation Lands. Learn more.


New additions to the National Conservation Lands: Fort Ord (CA), San Juan Islands (WA) and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments (NM)

On April 20, 2012, President Obama designated Fort Ord National Monument in California to honor the contributions and sacrifices of our military, safeguard some of our country’s rarest wildlife and plants and provide world-class opportunities for recreation. In partnership with local organizations, the Conservation Lands Foundation guided this one-year campaign … read more