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04.29.14

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance Volunteers: Stewardship Prevails

Last weekend volunteers with the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance headed out to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to close a rogue road and repair damage caused by three people who were illegally cutting juniper trees inside the monument for firewood. The three were arrested last winter and eventually required … 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

12.11.13

Removing Russian Olive from the Escalante: Progress in 2013

The restoration field season on the Escalante River in southern Utah has come to a close for 2013. In spite of some unusually heavy rains and the federal government shutdown that disrupted the work of dedicated federal partners, work crews remained productive and committed to restoring this incredible wild river … read more

10.16.13

Weathering the Shutdown: Spotlight on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

With an end to the government shutdown nearing, Ron Rogers, Communications Coordinator for the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP), compiled and wrote the following blog. It paints a broad and thought-provoking picture about how the government shutdown affected people who work, volunteer and visit communities and public lands in southern … read more

10.7.13

Conservation Lands Foundation and 21CSC: Recognizing Our Shared Goals

In September, the Conservation Lands Foundation formalized a partnership with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)—a bold and new national effort to put youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing public and tribal lands, waterways and cultural resources. We are excited to be among early partners in … read more

10.2.13

Conservation Youth Corps in the Southwest: Collaborating for Large-scale River Restoration

In recent years, six separate youth conservation corps based in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Arizona have collaborated to restore habitat along various rivers in the Colorado River Basin. Their collective work—while geographically expansive and ambitious in scope—is gaining momentum. This website is documenting and promoting the cooperative success of these … read more

08.20.13

A Record-setting 80 Conservation Youth Corps Members Attend a River Restoration Training in Escalante, UT

This week, southern Utah’s Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP) kicked off a major event: a week-long training and crew season for 80 conservation youth corps members. This is the largest youth corps training program in the nation to focus on teaching corps members how to do riparian—or river corridor—restoration. And … read more

05.30.13

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

05.28.13

Veterans-Youth Conservation Corps Partnership Project Takes Place in McInnis Canyons

Last week, a group of eight Western Colorado Youth Corps (WCCC) members completed a challenging restoration project on part of the Colorado River that flows through McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, near Grand Junction, CO. Using chainsaws for the better part of a week, the crew worked 10-hour days on … read more