Don’t Change Our Monuments – Friends Grassroots Network Open Letter To Secretary Zinke

Dear Secretary Zinke, We are community leaders representing thousands of local citizen-advocates and volunteer stewards of America’s land-based national monuments. We live in and represent the gateway communities to these treasured places–most of which are part of America’s National Conservation Lands, protected lands that stands proudly alongside our national parks … 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


Celebrating Five Achievement-Packed Years for Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave NCA

This amazing National Conservation Area (NCA) was designated on March 30th, 2009 as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which also permanently established the National Conservation Lands. The Fort Stanton Cave is a significant natural, cultural and historical resource located in the south-central part of New Mexico. The … read more


Wounded Warrior turned caver on Conservation Lands

Wounded Warrior joins Fort Stanton Cave Study Project by Lynda A. Sánchez Imagine a dark place hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth. Imagine using your hands and feet to feel your way, using your fingers and toes to help guide you in a narrow crevice or in … read more


Speliophiles Unite in New Mexico

Last week Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) spent the evening with the folks at the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project to learn more about the group, its work and the diverse research being conducted at the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area in southern New Mexico. Leaders of the Study Project … read more


From Cavers to Carpenters

The members of the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project (“Friends”), CLF’s leadership award winners from 2011, have expanded their focus and taken on a large restoration effort.  The Friends consist of scientists, engineers and cave enthusiasts who came together to advocate for the Fort Stanton/Snowy River Cave Conservation Area- mainly due … read more


Celebrating 10 years of the Snowy River passage in Ft Stanton Cave

On September 1, Ft Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area and Lincoln County, New Mexico will celebrate the ten year anniversary of the discovery of the Snowy River passage, the world’s longest underground river of calcite. The discovery of Snowy River, credited to the incredible work of the Fort Stanton … read more