Yampa River Awareness Project, v.2015

Back in the winter of 2006-7, a group of Yampa River advocates got together with aspirations to produce a documentary film about this great river in northwest Colorado—to show its unmatched beauty, unique natural attributes, and the various water projects and proposals that could impact it. They were successful in … read more


Artists on the Escalante

Changing light, solitude, natural sounds, stunning scenery. Four selected artists will experience all this, and more, when they take a horse pack-supported trip this fall down southern Utah’s Escalante River to paint the beauty of the Escalante River Canyon. The Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, and the Canyon Country Chapter … read more


Moving up the pyramid – Engagement Organizing

Once someone is introduced to your organization – perhaps they attended an event, signed up for your email, maybe even sent you a contribution – what’s your next step? If your sign-up list sits in a desk drawer until you find time to enter contact information into your database (if … read more


The #FriendsRendezvous is in #LasCruces, celebrating the #NationalConservationLands

Las Cruces Bound! Friday evening, March 13,  marks the start of the seventh annual Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, a gathering of people from many walks of life who care about the National Conservation Lands SO MUCH that they get together… to share a weekend of learning about policy, advocacy, grassroots … read more


Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Inspires This Year’s Rendezvous

Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Addresses Power of Activism  As the California Director, I was especially excited to learn that Michael Scott from the Hewlett Foundation, who has a long history with conservation in the state, would be our keynote speaker at the 2015 Friends Rendezvous.  Last night he lit up the room. … 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


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


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Anniversary

This beautiful photograph, captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Bob Wick, is a perfect introduction to southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument–the first and largest monument officially added to the National Conservation Lands.  And it’s time to wish it happy birthday! September 18th marks the anniversary of President … read more


The Dolores River Gets a “Creative Solution to a Vexing Problem”

Southwest Colorado’s Dolores River Boating Advocates have collaborated with a landowner on the upper Dolores River to build a river fence that solves a mutual problem: fencing cows while keeping the river safe for boaters to pass. Spring run-off creates rushing water – great for boating and a great natural … read more


Friends of the Yampa: New Members of the Friends Grassroots Network

The Conservation Lands Foundation is pleased to welcome Friends of the Yampa based in Steamboat Springs, CO as new partners and members of the Friends Grassroots Network. The Network is made up of 50+ non-profit organizations throughout the western states (and one in Florida) that are stewards and advocates for … read more