The Conservation Alliance Contributes $700,000 in Grants to 18 Organizations

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Group plans to disburse $1.8 Million in 2017

BEND, Ore. (September 20, 2017) - The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $700,000 to 20 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s second funding disbursal for 2017.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 210 businesses that care passionately about protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values. By a vote of these members, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 18 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization - Project - Amount

American Whitewater - Wild Olympics Campaign - $30,000

Appalachian Mountain Club - Campaign to Protect Katahdin Woods and Waters - $25,000

Carolina Climbers Coalition - Buckeye Knob Campaign - $35,000

Conservation Colorado Education Fund - Continental Divide Campaign - $40,000

Conservation Lands Foundation - Defending Public Lands through Monument Management Planning - $50,000

Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Preserve the Wonder Campaign - $45,000

Montana Wilderness Association - Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project- $45,000

National Park Trust - Bald Mountain Pond Acquisition Campaign - $30,000

Oregon Natural Desert Association - Securing Lasting Protections for Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands - $45,000

Park County Environmental Council - Protecting Wild Lands and Waters of Yellowstone Gateway - $50,000

Potomac Conservancy - White Horse Mountain Campaign - $40,000

Save The Waves Coalition - Campaign to Secure Baja California's First State Park - $20,000

South Yuba Citizens League - Stop Centennial Dam on the Bear River Campaign - $40,000

The Pew Charitable Trusts - California's Northwest Mountains and Rivers Campaign - $50,000

Vermont Land Trust - Richmond Town Forest Acquisition Campaing - $30,000

Washington Wild - North Cascades and Puget Sound Headwaters Campaign- $35,000

Wild Salmon Center - Elliott Forest Campaign - $45,000

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative - Campaign to Protect for Alberta's Bighorn Wildland - $45,000

Total $700,000

“In a challenging political landscape, conservation work is more important than ever,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “With this funding cycle, we are on track to contribute an all-time high $1.8 million in 2017.”

Three of the 18 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Friends of the Columbia Gorge; National Park Trust; and Park County Environmental Council.

Each project funded during this grant cycle was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company. Conservation Alliance member companies also play a key role in determining which organizations receive funding.

“Our program gives our members the ability to contribute real dollars to protecting wild places in their backyards,” said Sterling. “We look forward to tracking these projects, and to growing our grant fund in 2018.”

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com/seasons.

About The Conservation Alliance:

The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $19 million, awarded 552 grants, helped to protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,991 miles of rivers; stop or remove 29 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 12 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.

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