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, CO and have staff located in several western states and in Washington, DC.

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 waterways under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction. This collection, or system, of lands called the National Conservation Lands was established in 2000 by Secretary Bruce Babbitt and codified by Congress in 2009. It joined the ranks of our National Parks, National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges as special places that protect our nation’s natural, cultural and scientific treasures.

National Conservation Lands are composed of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails and other special designations. The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to safeguarding the ecological and cultural integrity of the 28 million acres and 2,400 river miles that make up the National Conservation Lands.