Bend, Ore. (October 1, 2013) – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $750,000 to 19 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance’s second funding disbursal for 2013, and brings the year’s giving total to an all-time high of $1.5 million.
By a vote of the group’s member companies, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 19 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:
Alaska Wilderness League
Washington , DC
California Wilderness Coalition
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Conservation Lands Foundation
Durango , CO
San Francisco, CA
Grand Canyon Trust
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Bend , OR
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Salt Lake City, UT
Trout Unlimited - Alaska
Wild Salmon Center
Wilderness Support Center
Durango , CO
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
Big Bay, MI
“We’ve contributed more funding to protecting our wild places this year than ever before,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of the Conservation Alliance. “This disbursal demonstrates that the outdoor industry stands firmly behind preserving North America’s special landscapes for their habitat and recreation values.”
This round of grant recipients reflects the geographic distribution of Conservation Alliance members. Conservation Alliance funds will support efforts to: secure new wilderness designations in Colorado, Washington, California, Utah, Tennessee and Oregon; acquire wildlands in Michigan; protect wild rivers in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon; designate new national monuments in Colorado and California; and protect threatened lands in Utah, Oregon, and Montana.
Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company.
“Our member companies continue to identify great projects for funding,” said Sterling. “Our program gives our members the ability to contribute real dollars to protecting wild places in their backyards.”
For a complete overview of each grant see:
About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor 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 companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.
Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed nearly $13 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 41 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,700 miles of rivers; stop or remove 25 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.
For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, seewww.conservationalliance.com.