The Conservation Alliance Contributes $850,000 in Grants to 20 Organizations

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Group plans to disburse $1.75 Million in 2017

BEND, Ore. (April 6, 2017) - The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $850,000 to 20 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s first funding disbursal for 2017, and the largest grant disbursal in the group’s 28-year history.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 200 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 20 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization

Project

Amount

Alaska Wilderness League

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Defense Campaign

$35,000

California Wilderness Coalition

Northwest California Mountains and Rivers & Central Coast Heritage Protection Campaigns

$45,000

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Protecting the Bay of Fundy Campaign

$40,000

Forterra NW

Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign

$40,000

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Teton Public Lands Campaign

$50,000

Methow Valley Citizens Council

Methow Headwaters Campaign

$40,000

National Wildlife Federation

Connecting the Upper Rio Grande Campaign

$45,000

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Waters of the Waccamaw Campaign

$45,000

North Coast Land Conservancy

Rainforest Reserve Campaign

$45,000

Oregon Wild

Oregon Rivers Campaign

$30,000

Outdoor Alliance

Protecting North Carolina's Mountain Treasures Campaign

$50,000

Pacific Wild

Marine Protected Areas Communications Campaign

$40,000

Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition

Bald Rock Recreational Preserve

$40,000

Save the Redwoods League

Protecting the Giants of Giant Sequoia National Monument Campaign

$50,000

The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina

Squire Tract, Black River Cypress Swamp Campaign

$40,000

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Safeguarding the Wild Backcountry of the Missouri River Breaks Campaign

$35,000

Trout Unlimited

Sportsmen for Public Lands

$40,000

Trout Unlimited - Alaska

Protecting the Tongass Campaign

$40,000

Trust for Public Land

Rolston Rest Conservation Project

$50,000

Western Rivers Conservancy

John Day River Project

$50,000

TOTAL: $850,000

“In a new and challenging political landscape, conservation work is more important than ever,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “We are proud to answer this moment with our largest round of grants ever.”

Six out of the 20 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: National Wildlife Federation, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, North Coast Land Conservancy, Outdoor Alliance, Save the Redwoods League and The Nature Conservancy-North Carolina.

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 2017.”

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com/seasons or download the Winter 2017 Grant Announcement.

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 $18 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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Christina Erb LoVullo
Verde Brand Communications
christina@verdepr.com
303.444.4078

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