Michael Scott, Hewlett Foundation, Will Speak at This Year’s Rendezvous

The Conservation Lands Foundation is pleased to announce that Michael Scott, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation Environment Program, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, March 13-15 in Las Cruces, NM. Michael has been a long-time champion of the Friends Grassroots Network, a strong advocate for … 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


Rendezvous Wrap Up

Thank you to all the members of the Friends Grassroots Network for making our sixth annual Friends Rendezvous such a success! Here’s coverage looking back at this great conference that was held October 25-27 in Bend, Oregon along the banks of the Deschutes River. Conservation Leaders Work to Expand the … read more


Rendezvous Photo Contest 2013

Our first Friends Rendezvous photo contest yielded plenty of great photography, such as this photo of the Deschutes River Canyon from Linda Gibas. The subjects for the photos were wide-ranging. Check out some of the more notable submissions below. Do you have photos from Rendezvous you’d like to share? Please send … read more


Conservation Leaders Work to Expand the National Conservation Lands

After three days with local conservation leaders from around the nation, it is easy to be excited about the future prospects for the National Conservation Lands. Alongside dozens of local Friends groups working to protect and restore their units of the System, this year’s Rendezvous brought together representatives from more … read more


Rendezvousing with Regional Cohorts

Each year, the Friends Rendezvous attracts Conservation Lands advocates from across the West for a weekend of training, networking, peer-learning, and camaraderie. For some, the Rendezvous is an opportunity to catch up with their colleagues working in other states; for others, it’s an opportunity to learn more about the movement … read more