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04.1.14

DOI/VISTA Volunteer: An Opportunity for Your Organization?

Has your non-profit “friends” group considered applying for a VISTA volunteer to work with your organization? The U.S. Department of Interior Volunteers in Service to America (DOI/VISTA) initiative offers full-time, college-trained volunteers to serve with sponsoring organizations. They write grants, recruit and train volunteers, interpret data, foster and nurture partnerships, … read more

03.26.14

H.R. 1459 – The “Preventing New Parks” Bill, Up For House Vote Today

Today, a vote for the “Preventing New Parks” bill, (H.R. 1459) stands as a direct assault on our National Parks, National Monuments and public lands conservation heritage. H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” spells just that—an epic fail for protecting our … read more

03.3.14

Historic Photos: A Great Way to Bring Communities Together

There’s nothing quite like a series of old black and white photographs—of buildings long-gone, unnamed ancestors sitting on a wagon, familiar mountain ranges with cattle grazing in the foreground—to get people talking. And that’s what happened February 12 in the dining room of the Cowboy Blues restaurant in Escalante, when … read more

03.1.14

Friends of the San Pedro River Recognized for 10,000 Hours of Volunteer Support

Friends of the San Pedro River were surprised in early February with special recognition from BLM Director Neil Kornze, who thanked members of the group for providing over 10,000 hours of volunteer support in 2013 for resource management planning education forums and other interpretative, public outreach and maintenance programs at … read more

02.28.14

Senator Michael Bennet Joins Senator Mark Udall’s Effort to Preserve Browns Canyon

February 28, 2014 – Citing the area’s importance to the local economy, Senator Michael Bennet became a cosponsor of S.1794, The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013, to protect Browns Canyon region as an invaluable economic and natural resource for Chaffee County and the state.  The bill, originally introduced by Colorado U.S. … read more

02.19.14

Veterans and Volunteers Join Forces for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 21 community volunteers and 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps—as they worked side-by-side today on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, CA. As we … read more

02.11.14

Grant from Edison International Puts Boots on the Ground

We are pleased to announce that this week an all-veterans conservation crew began a four-week project to improve hiking trails in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument near Palm Springs, CA—thanks to a $35,000 grant from Edison International to the Conservation Lands Foundation for the effort. The … read more

02.3.14

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

01.16.14

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

01.3.14

Ron Beck’s Big Year (and one for Friends of the San Pedro River)

Ron Beck, a resident of Cochise County in Arizona, is an expert birder and supporter of Friends of the San Pedro River. Ron recently completed a record-setting Big Year, which for birders is the incredible accomplishment of seeing and identifying more than 300 bird species in one year.  Ron’s achievement … read more