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The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting, expanding and restoring the National Conservation Lands so that they endure from generation to generation. This system of protected lands, rivers and trails–36 million acres across the West–has joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of America’s natural and cultural heritage, and drivers of the country’s $646 billion outdoor economy.

These treasured lands can be safeguarded only with the help of our Friends Grassroots Network, over 60 community-based groups that work each day to protect and restore these lands through education, advocacy and stewardship. By protecting these lands, we protect the best part of our history and ourselves.

Press Releases


Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration’s Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument

Groups Announce Lawsuit Challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order to Eliminate Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Conservation Lands Foundation Condemns Trump Administration’s Illegal Elimination of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Statement: CLF Responds to Leaked National Monuments Review Report – September 18, 2017

Zinke Teases Illegal and Un-American Changes to National Monuments – August 24, 2017

Zinke dismisses balanced plan, instead promotes reckless drilling in Western Arctic – May 31, 2017

CLF Announces Brian Sybert as Executive Director – May 1, 2017

CLF Statement on so-called review of national monuments – April 26, 2017

CLF Announces Senior Director of Development – April 18, 2017

Groups join forces to defend the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash NCAs in So. Utah – March 24, 2017

CLF Statement on Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to Interior Secretary – Mar. 1, 2017

Cook Bill Shows Bipartisan Cooperation, Commitment to Protecting California Desert – Feb. 6, 2017

Obama Designates Five New National Monuments; Conservationists, Local Leaders Celebrate Designations – Jan. 12, 2017


New National Monuments Protect America’s Heritage, Honor Native American Cultures – Dec. 28, 2016

CLF Statement on Interior Secretary Nominee Ryan Zinke – Dec. 9, 2016

CLF Statement on Senator Harry Reid’s Historic Contributions To Conservation – Dec. 8, 2016

Congressman Bishop Launches Major Assault on National Monuments – Nov. 18, 2016

Balanced California Desert Management Plan Promotes Renewable Energy While Permanently Protecting Key Landscapes – Sept. 14, 2016

ConocoPhilips Pushes to Fast Track New Drilling Without Roadmap or Promised Mitigation – July 29, 2016

Conservation Lands Foundation Calls For Bears Ears National Monument Designation – July 15, 2016

New Utah Public Lands Initiative Merely a Dressed Up Version of Same Bad Bill – July 15, 2016

Stonewall becomes newest national monument designated by Obama – June 24, 2016

Unanimous Passage of Alabama Hills Legislation Applauded  – May 25, 2016

New Desert Monuments Protect Heritage, Open Space with Balanced Approach to Conservation – February 11, 2016

Senator Lee’s “No New Parks” Bill Defeated in Bipartisan Vote – February 2, 2016


California Desert Plan A Win For Renewable Energy and Conservation – November 10, 2015

Conservationists, Outfitters Applaud Mining Reform Legislation – November 5, 2015

Military Veterans Join Nevada Conservation Corps as Part of Public Lands Partnership – September 26, 2015

Bill to expand California Coastal National Monument Applauded – September 18, 2015

ConocoPhillips Pushes to Fast Track New Alaska Drilling Without Promised Mitigation for Past Project  – September 1, 2015

CLF statement on White House Launch of Every Kid In A Park Initiative – September 1, 2015

CLF statement on Feinstein’s Call to the President to Protect California Desert – August 22, 2015

New Monument to Protect Uniquely American Landscape, Art and Heritage: Basin and Range – July 10, 2015

Designation of  Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Welcomed – July 10,2015

A Blue Water Day: Royal Bank of Canada invests in Río Grande conservation – June 2, 2015

Veterans complete restoration project in Black Mountain Wilderness – April 2,2015

CLF statement on Senator Harry Reid’s announcement not to run for re-election – March 27, 2015

2015 Rendezvous Celebrates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument – March 11, 2015

CLF statement on  Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan announcement – March 10, 2015

Attack on National Conservation Lands threatens resources, livelihoods – March 5, 2015

Leaders across the California Desert unified in call for strong desert planning – February 19, 2015

New initiative will encourage next generation of conservation leaders – February 19, 2015

Support expressed for conservation of exceptional public lands in Southern Nevada – February 18, 2015

Browns Canyon National Monument designation applauded – February 18, 2015

Feds OK first permanent road in the NPR-A – February 13, 2015

Legislation to designate Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument applauded – February 12, 2015

Century-old Tradition of Protecting America’s Heritage Attacked – February 11, 2015

National Monument designation in Chicago to honor labor history – February 10, 2015

Feinstein praised for legislation to protect California’s desert heritage – February 9, 2015

Senate narrowly avoids massive rollback on land conservation– January 28, 2015

Senate poised to vote on largest rollback on land conservation in decades – January 28, 2015

Rep. Cook’s effort to protect Alabama Hills applauded – January 22, 2015

CLF Statement on State of the Union: President Obama Builds on Bold Conservation Agenda– January 20, 2015

CLF Statement on Rep. Young’s Attack on the Antiquities Act (H.R. 330) – January 15, 2015


Conservation groups: First Western Arctic drilling plan fails balance test – October 29, 2014

San Gabriel Mountains to become newest National Monument designated by Obama – October 8, 2014

Expansion of Marine National Monument Major Victory for Conservation– September 24, 2014

Conservation group salutes protections in Desert Plan – September 23, 2014

Youth Corps Partnership Proves Russian Olive and Tamarisk Can Be Tamed on the Colorado – September 5, 2014

New Monument to Protect Heritage, Open Space and Boost Local Economy – May 19, 2014

Groups Slam House Passage of “No More National Parks” Bill  – March 26, 2014

House Bill Seeks to Prevent New Parks, Land Protections – March 24, 2014

President’s Plan to Expand California Coastal National Monument Cheered by the Conservation Lands Foundation and Business Groups – March 8, 2014

Conservation Organization Applauds Colorado Senators Efforts to Designate a Browns Canyon National Monument – February 28, 2014

BLM Falls Short of Comprehensive Analysis of Proposed Western Arctic Development – February 20, 2014

Veterans Conservation Crew Restore Trails at National Monument – February 13, 2014

Statement on White House Council on Environmental Quality Announcement – February 6, 2014

Statement on the State of the Union – ‘Conservationist-in-Chief’ – January 28, 2014


Bill Threatens Balanced Approach in Western Arctic – November 20, 2013

Mendocino, CA Leader Receives National Advocacy Award – September 30, 2013

Friends of Black Rock High Rock Receives National Leadership Award – September 30, 2013

Volunteers Contribute $3 Million to the National Conservation Lands – August 5, 2013

Youth Conservation Crew and Community Volunteers Build Trails
and Restore Meadow Habitat – July 1, 2013

Legislation Threatens World Class Habitat in Western Arctic – June 12, 2013

Youth Corps Completes Restoration Project Along Colorado River – May 29, 2013

Proposed Legislation Nullifies Balanced Approach in Western Arctic – May 22, 2013

Conservation Lands Foundation Launches Colorado River Restoration Project – May 20, 2013

Statement on David Hayes Departure from the Department of the Interior – April 30, 2013

Royal Bank of Canada Donates $10,000 for Colorado River Restoration – April 24, 2013

President’s Designation of Five New National Monuments Benefits Local Communities, Expands the National Conservation Lands – March 25, 2013

Community Leaders and Conservationists Applaud President Obama’s Planned Designation of Five New National Monuments – March 22, 2013

Conservation Groups Applaud Alaska Reserve Plan – February 21, 2013

Announcement of Sally Jewell Nomination for Interior Applauded by Conservationists – February 6, 2013

Senator’s Energy 20/20 Proposal Undermines Balanced Approach in Western Arctic – February 4, 2013

Conservationists Applaud Secretary Salazar’s Commitment to Protecting, Restoring, and Expanding our National Conservation Lands – January 16, 2013


Conservationists and Sportsmen Praise Obama Administration for Balanced Approach in Western Arctic – December 19, 2012

Veterans-Youth Conservation Partnership to Support New Jobs and Restore Colorado’s Public Lands – November 19, 2012

Chimney Rock National Monument Designation Applauded – September 19, 2012

Senator Bingaman Honored for Conservation Leadership – June 18, 2012

Conservation Organization Applauds Representative Thompson’s Effort to Expand California Coastal National Monument – April 27, 2012

Veterans, Business Leaders and Conservationists Praise Obama’s National Monuments Proclamation – April 20, 2012


Local Citizens, Sportsmen, Business Owners Support Administration’s Agenda for Lands Conservation – November 10, 2011

Antiquities Act Hearing – September 13, 2011


Documentaries Focus On the Spectacular Public Lands in the Las Cruces Area– August 12, 2010

National Conservation Lands- Seek Identity, Support– August 4, 2010

Fears Voiced about Threats to Cultural, Natural Resources of Country’s National Conservation Lands– July 12, 2010

National Conservation Lands- 10th Anniversary Celebration – June 28, 2010

Local Volunteers Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ironwood Forest– June 4, 2010

Local Volunteers at Red Rock Receive National Award– May 4, 2010

For information about our work, please contact Meghan Kissell at 571-643-3526.

Background Material

Map of the National Conservation Lands

History of the National Conservation Lands

National Conservation Lands at a Glance

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