The Conservation Alliance Grants $400,000 to 15 Organizations to Protect Wild Places

This week, the Conservation Alliance granted $400,000 to 15 organizations. With the strong support of our member companies, we are looking forward to a year of more conservation victories!

Protecting mountains in Appalachia from mountaintop removal, to saving a climbing wall in Washington for future generations, and working to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River, our member companies stepped it up this season to protect the wild places we love. Thank you!

And congratulations to the passionate and dedicated folks working hard on the ground to ensure we have free-flowing rivers, wild mountains and clean oceans to explore! Please see below and read more about these great causes!

Little Great RangeAdirondack Mountain Club (Lake George, NY)  $25,000
Save Allegheny State Park – To protect Allegheny State Park from proposed hydro-fracking mining by purchasing sub-surface mineral rights by the state, or by designating the area a Park Preserve.




Appalachian Mountain Club (Boston, MA)  $25,000
Campaign to Protect and Promote Maine's 100 mile Wilderness Region – To protect at least 60,000 acres of new conservation lands adjacent to 66,500 acres of existing AMC conservation lands in the 100-Mile Wilderness Region of Maine.



Appalachian Voices (Boone, NC) $35,000
Stop Mountaintop Removal Campaign – To protect some of America's most diverse forests and rivers from the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining by passing a law while fighting ongoing mining permit by permit until the practice can be outlawed.



California Wilderness Coalition (Oakland, CA)    $25,000
California Desert and San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness Campaigns– To pass legislation protecting up to 1.6 million acres of public land in California's desert and San Gabriel Mountains.



Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – Yukon (Whitehorse, Yukon)  $35,000
Peel River Watershed Campaign – To secure strong protection for all or most of the Peel watershed, with significant First Nations participation in long term policymaking and management.



Grand Canyon Trust (Flagstaff, AZ)  $30,000
Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Campaign – To protect one million acres around the Grand Canyon from uranium exploration and mining through legislation or by securing a 20-year mineral withdrawal from the Interior Department.



Idaho Rivers United (Boise, ID) $25,000
Lower Salmon Wild & Scenic Campaign – To permanently protect 112 miles of the Lower Salmon River in Idaho as a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.




Montana Wilderness Association (Helena, MT) $25,000
Montana Forests Campaign – To designate 670,000 acres of new wilderness throughout Montana, thus setting the stage for the Rocky Mountain Front, Scotchman Peaks, Great Burn, and many other deserving landscapes to be designated in the future.  



Our Ocean (Portland, OR) $30,000
Oregon Marine Heritage Campaign – To establish a coast-wide network of at least six marine reserves and protected areas in Oregon waters to ensure that this coastal legacy will be here for future generations of Oregonians.



Rivers Without Borders (Juneau, AK)  $20,000
Safeguarding the Taku Watershed Campaign – To protect the Taku River Watershed from proposed mining developments that would diminish this virtually pristine watershed and its abundant wild salmon.



Save Our Wild Salmon (Spokane, WA)  $25,000
Columbia and Snake River Campaign – To restore wild salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia and Snake Rivers by removing the lower Snake dams, and implementing a full spill/flow regime through Columbia River dams.



Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (Asheville, NC) $30,000
Tennessee Wilderness Campaign – To secure permanent Wilderness protection for at least 18,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest for outdoor recreation, biodiversity protection, climate change buffering, headwaters protection and wildlife migration.



Washington Climbers Coalition (Seattle, WA) $15,000
Index Lower Town Wall Acquisition Campaign – To purchase the Index Lower Town Wall with property improvements complete, management by the Washington State Parks Department in place, and climbing access secured for future generations.



Wilderness Support Center (Durango, CO)  $30,000
San Juan Mountains Wilderness Campaigns – To permanently protect up to 200,000 acres in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado through wilderness and other conservation designations, specifically through the enactment of the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and the campaign to protect the Hermosa Creek watershed outside of Durango.


Winter Wildlands Alliance (Boise, ID)  $25,000
Quiet Winter Recreation Campaign – To permanently protect Yellowstone National Park's magical and fragile winter ecosystem  from the noise and exhaust of snowmobiles and, and to secure balanced winter use plans for Mount Jefferson, Togwotee Pass and Tumalo Mountain.