Who We Are
“These cultural and natural treasures are an important part of our national heritage, and they are increasingly at risk. We must have the will and the means to preserve them.” Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Conservation Lands Foundation Board Member.
The Conservation Lands Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. We are headquartered in Durango, Colorado and have staff located in several western states and in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, some of the most forward-thinking conservationists of our time, including three former Secretaries of the Interior and leaders from national conservation organizations, established the Conservation Lands Foundation. Their vision was to create an organization dedicated solely to protecting the premier lands and waters managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This system of lands–now called the National Conservation Lands–was established in 2000 by Secretary Bruce Babbitt and codified by Congress in 2009.
The National Conservation Lands are 35 million acres that contain some of the most spectacular scenic, natural, historical, cultural and archaeological sites in the country. These protected public lands, rivers and trails have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of our nation’s natural, cultural and outdoor heritage and drivers of its $646 billion outdoor recreation economy.
The National Conservation Lands include all BLM-managed national monuments and national conservation areas, wilderness and wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails, along with three other special designations: cooperative management and protection area, outstanding natural area and forest reserve.
The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to safeguarding the National Conservation Lands.