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


Count, Tally and Report: Numbers Tell A Story

Friends of the San Pedro River, based in southern Arizona, have been stewards, advocates and volunteers for this great desert waterway even before Congress designated it as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. (Happy designation-birthday, SPRNCA!) Managing a bookstore, hikes, programs to local schools and community groups, input … read more


Friends of the San Pedro River Recognized for 10,000 Hours of Volunteer Support

Friends of the San Pedro River were surprised in early February with special recognition from BLM Director Neil Kornze, who thanked members of the group for providing over 10,000 hours of volunteer support in 2013 for resource management planning education forums and other interpretative, public outreach and maintenance programs at … read more


Ron Beck’s Big Year (and one for Friends of the San Pedro River)

Ron Beck, a resident of Cochise County in Arizona, is an expert birder and supporter of Friends of the San Pedro River. Ron recently completed a record-setting Big Year, which for birders is the incredible accomplishment of seeing and identifying more than 300 bird species in one year.  Ron’s achievement … 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


Volunteer for Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Join volunteers of all ages for NPLD’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers by working to protect and restore … read more


The San Pedro River needs your help

Friday, September 27 is an important date for one of the most notable places in the National Conservation Lands: the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in southern Arizona. This is the deadline to submit initial scoping comments to the BLM’s Tucson Field Office about a new Resource Management Plan … read more


News From the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Conservationists, local landowners and Bureau of Land Management officials are concerned that a plan to pump groundwater from southern Arizona’s San Pedro River basin to supply a soon-to-be-built 7,000-unit residential and commercial development will permanently harm the river and, more specifically, the many bird species that rely on the river … 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