The Conservation Alliance Contributes $750,000 in Grants to 19 Organizations

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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:

Organization

Location

Grant Amount

Alaska Wilderness League

Washington , DC

$35,000

American Rivers

Seattle, WA

$50,000

American Whitewater

Longmont, CO

$35,000

California Wilderness Coalition

Oakland, CA

$35,000

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Ottawa, Ontario

$50,000

Conservation Colorado

Denver, CO

$45,000

Conservation Lands Foundation

Durango , CO

$35,000

Earthjustice

San Francisco, CA

$45,000

Grand Canyon Trust

Flagstaff, AZ

$35,000

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Bozeman, MT

$35,000

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Ashland, OR

$30,000

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Albuquerque, NM

$35,000

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Bend , OR

$50,000

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Salt Lake City, UT

$50,000

Trout Unlimited - Alaska

Juneau, AK

$35,000

Wild Salmon Center

Portland, OR

$45,000

Wild South

Asheville, NC

$25,000

Wilderness Support Center

Durango , CO

$50,000

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

Big Bay, MI

$30,000

Total

 

$750,000

“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:
http://www.conservationalliance.com/UserFiles/File/S13%20Funding%20Cycle/S13GrantAnnouncement.pdf

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.

Media Contact:
Julie Evans
Account Manager
970-946-0846
julie@verdepr.com

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