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


CLF Statement On Senator Harry Reid’s Historic Contributions To Conservation

Las Vegas, Nev. (December 8, 2016) – The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) hailed Senator Harry Reid’s historic contributions to wildlife and land conservation in America following the Senator’s farewell address to the chamber today. The group cited the Senator’s dedication and legislative acumen over his long career in public service, … 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


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


Hats off to Pat Williams, Friend Extraordinaire

Our hats are off to BLM for recognizing the outstanding work of the virtuoso of volunteerism, our very own Pat Williams! Pat contributed over 20,000 hours (that’s 9.6 YEARS!!!) to the protection and restoration of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Pat received the Milestone … read more


One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more


Aftermath and reflections: Welcome Dinner at the Fourth Annual Friends Rendezvous

The following is a guest blog post from Pat Williams, Friends of Red Rock Canyon Heard a wonderful presentation from Jim Kenna, California State Director for the BLM, on the importance of partnerships and the intrinsic value of Friends groups. Very much appreciated and such a delight to hear. Ed … read more


Checking at the Friends Rendezous

The following is a guest blog post from Pat Williams, Friends of Red Rock Canyon. 2 PM – Just checked in for my fourth Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA. Chuck and I drove over this morning from Las Vegas and, after a relaxing 5 hour drive, we arrived at … read more


Local Volunteers at Red Rock Receive National Award

Friends of Red Rock Canyon volunteers Pat and Chuck Williams receive the Bureau of Land Management’s “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Award in D.C.   Click here for a PDF of the Press Release