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02.5.15

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

11.18.14

Count, Tally and Report: Numbers Tell A Story

Friends of the San Pedro River, based in southern Arizona, have been stewards, advocates and volunteers for this great desert waterway even before Congress designated it as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. (Happy designation-birthday, SPRNCA!) Managing a bookstore, hikes, programs to local schools and community groups, input … read more

10.15.14

Thank You Pacific Gas and Electric Company for Supporting Fort Ord

Thanks to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E), there will be a special event celebrating National Public Lands Day and Make a Difference Day Saturday, October 25 at Fort Ord National Monument, near Monterey, CA. Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently provided a grant to the Conservation Lands … read more

09.30.14

Snow, Cold Temps at National Public Lands Day Event in California’s Bodie Hills

National Public Lands Day Events took place throughout the National Conservation Lands around the country on Saturday, September 27th, but one event greeted volunteers with snow.  In the Bodie Hills in Eastern California, a coalition of organizations including Friends of the Inyo, California State Parks, the Bodie Foundation, and the … read more

09.19.14

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

07.30.14

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

07.24.14

Udall introduces Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act

Ten years of continued local support and advocacy for permanent protection of Colorado’s Browns Canyon is finally paying off. Senator Mark Udall’s “Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act”, received a hearing by US Senate National Park Subcommittee this past Wednesday, July 23. This is huge a step towards permanent protection … read more

07.21.14

Oil Wells Proposed on Literally “Sacred” Ground

This blog was originally written by Friends of Cedar Mesa and appeared on their website on July 20, 2014. For more information please visit Friends of Cedar Mesa at www.friendsofcedarmesa.org   The BLM is proposing to sell leases to oil and gas companies on a number of parcels near Bluff. These include … read more

05.19.14

Success! Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument designation announced

The Obama Administration today announced their plans to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The addition of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to the National Conservation Lands protects the crossroads of New Mexican and American history, and is an … read more

05.5.14

Fort Ord and the Sea Otter Classic: National Conservation Lands Are Good For Business

In what kind of utopian fantasy-world do business, conservation, mountain bike and equestrian interests not only coexist but prosper? How about at Fort Ord, the former Army base-turned-National-Monument on California’s central coast? On April 20, 2012, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to designate Fort Ord National Monument. The proclamation stated, in … read more