Edison International is CLF’s Corporate Partner of the Year
The staff and board members of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) are pleased to announce Edison International as our 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year. Douglas Bauder, Vice President, Operational Services, Chief Procurement Officer, accepted the award at a special dinner November 16 in Palm Springs, California. The award, given for the first time this year, recognizes Edison International for its early and ongoing support of CLF’s Restoration Program.
“We are incredibly grateful for Edison International’s financial support, for the tangible outcomes this support has created on southern California’s beautiful National Conservation Lands, and for the outstanding veterans who served with the California Conservation Corps to carry out this critical work,” said Charlotte Overby, CLF Restoration Program Director.
Edison International has donated $140,000 to the Conservation Lands Foundation over the past four years and helped establish our From Military Service to Green Service program. This program brings together veterans, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and volunteers from Friends Grassroots Network organizations to restore habitat for fish and wildlife, improve access for visitors and help protect cultural resources on the National Conservation Lands. Equally as important, this program provides paid job opportunities for post-9/11 military veterans. In addition to earning pay, veterans receive training and mentoring to build skills and experience, helping them to pursue careers in natural resources management and other related fields.
A brief summary of our From Military Service to Green Service program’s accomplishments:
- 2014: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, CA. Thirteen members of the California Conservation Corps’ Veterans Conservation Corps completed a 10-mile trail restoration project and protected bighorn sheep habitat. In conjunction with volunteers with Friends of the Desert Mountains. (see blog)
- 2015: Black Mountain Wilderness, north of Barstow, CA. A 10-member Veterans Conservation Corps completed a two-week long restoration project, which included putting up more than 100 route signs to mark approximately 23 miles around the wilderness boundary, installing new educational kiosks (see photo below), closing 13 miles of illegal roads, and removing nearly eight tons of trash. In partnership with California Wilderness Coalition and college students from Cal State-Long Beach. (full story)
- 2016: Rodman Mountains Wilderness, California Desert, near Barstow. Twelve post-9/11 veterans completed a variety of work, including posting signs, identifying and marking routes, erosion control and habitat restoration, and conducting environmental education and outreach. Additional project partners included the Mojave Desert Land Trust, Victor Valley Community College Veterans Club, and other volunteers from neighboring communities who worked alongside the Veteran Conservation Corps. (blog)
- Coming in 2017: Sand to Snow National Monument. Scheduled for early spring, 14 post-9/11 veterans will work in one of the nation’s newest National Monuments, designated by President Obama in 2016. Sand to Snow is in need of trail markers and educational signs to manage visitors and protect its significant natural resources. In addition, an important part of this project will be to ensure protection of Native Americans archaeological sites in a heavily visited area called Black Lava Buttes. In partnership with Mojave Desert Land Trust.