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


Barbed Wire and a Slow, Steady Pace in the Badlands

“We don’t have to get it all out today” explained David Eddleston, Executive Director of the Friends of the Badlands. Our group was relieved by this direction, as we loaded up multiple coils of barbed wire, but leaving more on the ground in this GPS-marked cache of removed fence materials. … read more


Jaime Pinkham Speaking at the 2013 Friends Rendezvous in Bend, OR

The Conservation Lands Foundation is excited to welcome Jaime Pinkham to the 2013 Friends Rendezvous.   A member of the Nez Perce tribe, Jaime will be speaking about his heritage, his grandfather, and how the two relate to conservation.  Jaime is a big believer that biological diversity goes hand-in-hand with cultural … read more


Janet Moreland is Speaking at the 2013 Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous in Bend, OR

A few weeks ago we leaked the news that one of our featured speakers at the Friends Grassroots Rendezvous in Bend, Oregon will be Janet Moreland–kayaker, educator and first woman to paddle the entire length of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  We couldn’t be prouder to have Janet agree to … read more