Bears Ears Public Meeting A Resounding Success

Blog and all photos by CLF intern Jake Glassman. A public meeting with Obama Administration officials in Bluff, Utah on July 16th marked a huge milestone in the campaign to protect the Bears Ears region of that state as a national monument. The 1.9 million acre area known as the … read more


The incredible accomplishments of the Friends Grassroots Network

Let’s Begin With Thank You In honor of National Volunteer Week, the staff of the Conservation Lands Foundation would like to say thank you to the people who are part of the Friends Grassroots Network, made up of 63 of the best, most effective non-profit conservation organizations working in the U.S. today. … read more


Guest Blog: National Conservation Areas Offer a Vision for Colorado’s Grand Valley

Having grown-up in the southeast, surrounded by mostly private land or pay-to-play recreation opportunities, I can vividly remember the first time I rode Rustler’s, Mary’s Loop, Horsethief Bench, and Steve’s Loop back in 2008. Those springtime pedal strokes ushered in more than just miles of smiles. They brought with them … read more


Closed Part 2- The Friends Grassroots Network Experiences the Impact of the Shutdown

Since the shutdown, the Friends Grassroots Network has directly experienced the effects through the termination of all volunteer activities and events.  The government shutdown has also led to: the closure of visitor centers including Friends offices; cancelation of all recreational and education events; and serious economic impacts on gateway communities … read more


September is National Wilderness Month!

President Obama has declared September National Wilderness Month!  This month we enter the 50th year of The Wilderness Act, one of America’s landmark public lands conservation laws.  Planning is already underway to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in 2014 in Albuquerque and a number of other companion events.  Plan on attending one. … read more


Colorado Canyons Association Wins Big!

  The Colorado Canyons Association was recently awarded a $23,000 multiple-year National Conservation Lands Science Grant from the Bureau of Land Management. One of only 16 projects selected from a national pool of applications, the CCA will create a citizen science program in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (just outside of … read more


Interior Secretary Salazar Holds Public Meeting on New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte

Last weekend, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar held a public meeting in Taos to explore the best path forward for the preservation and protection of the Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. A monument designation protecting the Rio Grande del Norte – an area beloved by sportsmen, hikers and local tribes … read more


Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Coming Soon to a Community Near You

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is celebrating 10 years of stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and incredible storytelling—and six organizations in the Friends Grassroots Network are hosting the festival in their local communities this fall to celebrate their successes, reach new audiences, and highlight the National Conservation Lands in their … read more


Four Rivers (and what they mean for the mighty Colorado River)

This past week in southwest Colorado, the Mesa County Conservation Forum hosted a symposium made up of six experienced panelists to weigh in on and field questions about the “Value of the Colorado River to Western Colorado Economies.”  The lay-of-the-land is mind-blowing: Thirty million people in seven western states rely … read more