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


Paddle On! The First Woman to Solo Paddle North America’s Longest River is Coming to the Friends’ Rendezvous.

Question: What do the Secretary of Interior, bluegrass jam musicians, and the first woman to solo-kayak the entire length of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers all have in common?  Answer: They have been invited to the 6th annual Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, coming up October 25-27 in Bend, Oregon. And … read more


Friends Rendezvous Hits its Sixth Year – Oct. 25-27, 2013

Our sixth annual Friends Rendezvous will be held October 25-27, 2013 at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. Mark your calendars! Together we go beyond raising awareness around conservation to leading it. The Friends Rendezvous is the only gathering that brings … read more


Stewardship Project: an important component of the Friends Rendezvous

Back-to-back workshops, productive conversations and air-conditioned conference rooms are all good. But by the last day of the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA, people were more than happy to take those conversations outside and move some muscle. The occasion was a stewardship project, organized by local hosts Friends … read more


One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more


Rendezvous Slides: Lizard Brains and the BLM

Yes, the two go together- as the two most requested for sharing slide presentations from the 2011 Friends Rendezvous. Much appreciation to the Bureau of Land Management and Asking Matters for permission to post both of these presentations. Enjoy… Bureau of Land Management, National Landscape Conservation System, 15-Year Strategy: 2010-2025. … read more


Jeff Long and Terri Robertson, Friends of Gold Butte

Fresh back from the 2011 Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, we have number of videos, photos and blog posts to share with you from the event. First up? Some reflections from Jeff Long and Terri Robertson of Friends of Sloan Canyon and Friends of Gold Butte on the conservation lands … read more


Rendezvous report, great places, great people

The following is a guest post from Tom Reeve, Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area. As Pat Williams said, Ed Zahniser’s talk last night on the huge impact that can be made by “the power of one” was an inspiring tour of many of the wonderful parts … read more