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
A festive crowd of about 200 people gathered recently to celebrate the 4th anniversary of New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The celebration took place at Taos Mesa Brewing, located near the famous Highway 64 bridge over Rio Grande Gorge. Taos Peublo Governor Ruben Romero (photo, below), Senator Tom … read more
Young military veterans, volunteers and staff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently welcomed 37 high school students to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to collaborate on a unique stewardship project and field trip. Together they planted approximately 30 cottonwood trees and more than 500 milkweeds plants … read more
In the video below, Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator for Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program, speaks about his connection to his Acoma homeland and the public lands he helps restore. Aaron was a key presenter at the Conservation Lands Foundation’s “Friends Rendezvous,” an annual gathering of non-profit conservation organizations around the west working to … read more