Don’t Change Our Monuments – Friends Grassroots Network Open Letter To Secretary Zinke

Dear Secretary Zinke, We are community leaders representing thousands of local citizen-advocates and volunteer stewards of America’s land-based national monuments. We live in and represent the gateway communities to these treasured places–most of which are part of America’s National Conservation Lands, protected lands that stands proudly alongside our national parks … read more


Bears Ears Public Meeting A Resounding Success

Blog and all photos by CLF intern Jake Glassman. A public meeting with Obama Administration officials in Bluff, Utah on July 16th marked a huge milestone in the campaign to protect the Bears Ears region of that state as a national monument. The 1.9 million acre area known as the … read more


The incredible accomplishments of the Friends Grassroots Network

Let’s Begin With Thank You In honor of National Volunteer Week, the staff of the Conservation Lands Foundation would like to say thank you to the people who are part of the Friends Grassroots Network, made up of 63 of the best, most effective non-profit conservation organizations working in the U.S. today. … read more


A Day on the Dolores

Going out to the wild places we love is one of best ways to help us keep the faith, hang tough, stay committed… for what can be difficult and grinding campaigns to protect them for the long-term. A few weeks ago, a group of 17 supporters of the Dolores River Boating Advocates did … 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


We Are All Stewards of the Dolores River

Jane Dally, a board member of the Dolores River Boating Advocates in Colorado, wrote the following article for the group’s first newsletter of 2014. It’s a nicely written piece about stewardship and the fundamentals of advocating for places we love: spending time in that place, taking care of it, knowing … read more


Take a Google Earth “fly-by” of the Dolores River

It’s early December and the temperatures in southwest Colorado are in the minus-‘teens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit one of the region’s most spectacular rivers. How, you ask?  By “flying” the Dolores River courtesy of a new Google Earth digital tour, hosted here on our website. Last fall, … read more


Flash Flooding on the Lower Dolores River: What About the Fish?

Three native fish species that live in the Dolores River in southwest Colorado have been receiving a fair bit of press lately. Their story – and tribulations – show how interconnected, complex, fragile and sometimes resilient, river ecosystems are. Their plight has also inspired an array of people in the … read more


Dolores River Boating Advocates: Ringing in the River Season

Spring is quickly turning into summer in southwest Colorado, and that means we’re in the thick of river season. The Dolores River Boating Advocates have a full schedule of festivals, stewardship projects, and fundraising efforts underway. The big-picture goal? – Optimize flows, restore the natural environment, and permanently protect the … read more


Fish and Flows on the Dolores River

Approximately 25 avid paddlers, river runners and outfitters gathered Feb. 11 in Mancos, CO to talk about one of the boating community’s favorite waterways: the Dolores River. The meeting was about a proposed plan to improve habitat for rare native fish in the river and protect water supplies for people. … read more