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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,

Second, we work on national BLM policies that improve restoration on the National Conservation Lands

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A Utah Conservation Corp member cuts out invasive Russian olive from the Escalante River, in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. (Photo courtesy of Bradley Kurtz)

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.

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A hazard to pronghorn, sage grouse and other wildlife, crew members remove abandoned fencing in northern Nevada. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Nevada Wilderness)

From the blog

  • 11.5.15

    Veterans and Volunteers: celebrating together

    Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area continues to reap the benefits of the hard work and commitment of a Veterans Conservation Corps—five young military veterans who are employed as part of a unique three-month partnership to improve trails, protect cultural resources, enhance habitat, and work with volunteers from the community to make … read more

  • 10.19.15

    End-of-Summer job report: tree caretakers on the Missouri River

    Early this year Friends of Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana posted a photo of two people in a canoe, along with one of greatest job announcements we’ve ever seen: “This could be you! We’re hiring two seasonal Tree Caretakers to canoe the Wild and Scenic Missouri River and water … read more

  • 09.29.15

    Veterans Conservation Corps begins work in Nevada’s Sloan Canyon NCA

    On September 26 in Henderson, Nevada, five Veterans Conservation Corps members were joined by community volunteers, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Councilwoman Debra March, NV Energy Vice President for Government and Community Relations Judy Stokey and representatives from partnering organizations to launch the “From Military Service to Green Service” partnership at Sloan … read more

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