The Conservation Lands Foundation’s Restoration Program has three components. First, we bring together veterans and conservation corps, BLM staff, corporations and private donors, and local “friends” organizations to complete projects on the National Conservation Lands. Together they restore riverbanks and wetlands, improve wildlife habitat, protect Native American and pioneer history, fix trails for recreation, and more.
Our partnerships have a proven track record:
- They provide paid jobs to veterans and young people, where they can also earn scholarships for education and gain transferable job skills in natural resources.
- Help the BLM to prioritize projects on National Monuments, National Conservation Areas and other scenic public lands that are important to our economy and quality of life.
- Secure support from businesses, private donors and non-profit organizations to provide funding and volunteers to complete the work; and promote its success to media, elected officials, and local leaders.
Everyone benefits. Veterans and youth, our nation’s natural resources, our agencies and businesses, local communities, all Americans. For more information, please contact Charlotte Overby, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, we work on national BLM policies that improve restoration on the National Conservation Lands
In 2013, we completed an assessment of BLM’s restoration policy. This helped us identify areas where our participation in BLM’s development of national policies and programs can help bring focus and funding for restoration on the National Conservation Lands. In addition to our other public lands policy work, this has included, for example, submitting comments to the agency’s leadership about “Planning 2.0” and new mitigation policy, and providing input on projects nominated for BLM’s Healthy Lands Program.
Third, we partner with organizations in the Friends Grassroots Network who protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands
We know there is no better way to foster love and commitment for the National Conservation Lands than by offering people a chance to get outside, work together, breathe the air, and see positive results at the end of the day. And almost every organization in the Friends Grassroots Network has helped their local BLM office with a habitat restoration project of one kind or another. We support these organizations with media outreach, organizational trainings, and more.
From the blog
On March 24, a group of ten military veterans who are part of the California Conservation Corps began orientation class to prepare for a restoration project taking place in the Black Mountain Wilderness, near Barstow CA – part of BLM’s National Conservation Lands. A day later, boots hit the ground … read more
A 10-member all-veterans conservation corps is kicking off of a two-week project March 24 to restore wildlife habitat and improve signage within the Black Mountain Wilderness near Barstow, CA, thanks to a grant from Edison International made to the Conservation Lands Foundation. In addition to improving wildlife habitat and enhancing visitors’ … read more
Thanks to Jeff Hunter from the Bodie Hill Conservation Partnership for this guest blog post. Keep up the great work in the Eastern Sierra! In Eastern California, where the Sierra Nevada Range meets the Great Basin lies the Bodie Hills. Here, in ancient hills formed by fire and … read more