By a vote of the group's 160 member companies, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 17 grassroots conservation organizations. Click here for a full list of the grants.

"The Conservation Alliance wraps up our largest year of funding by supporting another great collection of conservation projects," said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. "We continue to work collectively to save the wild lands and waterways that are so important to the outdoor industry."

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 Alaska, Oregon, California, Utah, and Montana; protect wild rivers in Washington, Utah, and Canada; protect private wildlands in Tennessee, New York, Maine, Oregon, and California; and preserve quiet winter recreation opportunities in Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming.

Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company.

This is the second and final grant disbursement The Conservation Alliance has made in 2008.

"In challenging economic times, we met our goal of contributing $900,000 in 2008," said Sterling. "That's a significant investment in protecting our wild places."