In 2020, Conservation Alliance funding helped 12 projects cross the finish line. These projects permanently protect 11,594 acres (including 483 giant sequoias!), 1.3 river miles, and one climbing area. Our grantees also helped stop the Pebble Mine and the Temperance Flat dam.
In addition to the successes delivered by our grantees, we celebrated full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Conservation Alliance has advocated for the LWCF for years and we applaud Congress for finally taking action to fully fund this important conservation program.
2020 was a year unlike any other. Amidst the challenges presented by the pandemic, our team embraced a fully remote workplace. We worked with our member companies to get out the vote and advocate for the Arctic Refuge, and sunsetted our Public Lands Defense Fund after awarding a total of $777,000 to groups working to defend our public lands system. We also began work to make our organization more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive — you can read more about our progress here. Despite the challenges of 2020, we awarded $2,001,000 in funding, a new record!
The hardships and uncertainties of the global pandemic brought clarity on what’s most important: our health, families and friends, businesses and livelihoods, and for us, the protection of wild places. We are invigorated by the opportunities presented by the new administration, and are determined to find creative ways to grow and expand towards our vision of a planet where wild places, wildlife, and people thrive together.
Thank you for your support — our work is possible because of you. Cheers to the future and a hearty “welcome” to the new year!