Restoring the National Conservation Lands
The Conservation Lands Foundation’s Restoration Program accomplishes on-the-ground projects that improve habitat and enhance recreation on the National Conservation Lands. Our program also supports BLM’s Landscape Approach to management and seeks opportunities to help establish guiding policies for restoration within that framework.
We build action-oriented partnerships made up of veterans and youth conservation corps, BLM field staff, corporate funders and non-profit “friends” groups to accomplish on-the-ground projects on the National Conservation Lands. This includes restoring rivers and wetlands to improve water quality, improving wildlife habitat, protecting Native American and pioneer history, enhancing public lands access, and more.
Our Restoration Program:
- Provides paid job opportunities to veterans and young people, where they can also earn scholarships for education and gain transferable job skills in natural resources.
- Helps 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.
- Secures support from businesses and non-profit organizations to provide funding and bring volunteers to help complete the work.
Everyone benefits. Veterans and youth, our nation’s natural resources, our agencies and businesses, local communities, all Americans. Learn more about our successful project on the Colorado River, funded last year by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada).
The Conservation Lands Foundation wants to partner with foundations, private donors, and corporations to raise funding and leverage matching funds for this program. Please contact Charlotte Overby, firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn how you can become involved.
Part of Something Bigger
Partnerships like ours fit into a bold national effort to build a 21st Century Service Corps (21CSC) that will put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors.
Built upon the historical achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and ‘40s, the movement to create a new 21CSC has gained tremendous bi-partisan support from the Western Governors’ Association, four past Secretaries of the Interior, numerous tribal governments, the Obama administration, and dozens of state and regional elected officials. General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded U.S. troops in Afghanistan, is a committed champion for building this new avenue for national service.
The Conservation Lands Foundation has signed on as a partner in this 21CSC effort. We’re excited to be among early participants crafting successful funding partnerships, like those mentioned above, that can help this national movement gain speed.
Commitment to Policy and a Landscape Approach
Our restoration program will also address BLM’s big-picture principles for restoring biodiversity and ecological function to larger landscapes.
The BLM is developing tools such as Rapid Ecological Assessments and a project called the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Strategy to standardize procedures and criteria for assessing ecological health across the numerous and complex landscapes BLM manages—as well as systems for updating and sharing this information between offices and other land management agencies.
These tools and how land managers use them will inform and help result in a more unified approach to restoration. The National Conservation Lands were only established in 2000 and, while BLM has made great progress creating policies and manuals for their management, there is no manual section or handbook dealing specifically with restoration.
The Conservation Lands Foundation wants to support the agency as it continues to adopt these landscape-level management tools, and help formulate policies to ensure that both habitat and cultural restoration are factored into future planning for the National Conservation Lands.
From the blog
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
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
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