Three Grants Awarded to Defend our Public Lands

We have awarded three Public Lands Defense Fund (PLDF) grants totaling $45,000 to groups working to defend the 2001 Roadless Rule and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Thanks to generous contributions from The North FacePatagonia, and Arc’teryx, we are on track to award $200,000 in 2019 to groups working to defend existing protected areas on our public lands and our bedrock conservation laws; and stop the transfer of federal lands to state or private ownership. Following are summaries of our recent PLDF grants:

Keep the Tongass Roadless and Wild
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

We awarded $15,000 to Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to ensure the National Roadless Rule stays in place on the Tongass National Forest—the nation’s largest National Forest containing 15 percent of America’s roadless areas—through the duration of the Trump administration and beyond.

Roadless Rule Defense Campaign 
The Wilderness Society 

We awarded $15,000 to The Wilderness Society to ensure the 2001 Roadless Rule remains in effect in all 39 states in which it originally applied, and there is no extractive use or road-building in roadless areas beyond what is permitted by the Rule. We awarded a $20,000 grant to The Wilderness Society for the same project in 2018.

Defending the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument 
Western Environmental Law Center

We awarded a $15,000 grant to Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) to win federal court cases and appeals that ensure the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s recent expansion is upheld and that the Monument’s ecological integrity remains intact. We awarded a $20,000 grant to WELC for the same project in 2018.