In 2021, Conservation Alliance funding and advocacy helped 13 projects cross the finish line, resulting in permanent protection for 291,300 acres, 4 river miles, and one climbing area. Our grantees also removed one dam and created the first state park in Baja California, Mexico.
In addition to the successes delivered by our grantees, we celebrated restored protection for Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Bristol Bay, Alaska. We were thrilled to see a restart to the efforts to permanently protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, and Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
2021 was a year for firsts at The Conservation Alliance. We awarded our first multi-year grants—$150,000 to Alaska Wilderness League and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness. In the fall, we launched our new Confluence Program and awarded $200,000 to four grantees in December. Altogether, we awarded a record $2.2 million in grant funding to 56 outstanding organizations.
We grew our membership by welcoming more than 40 new members, including one new Pinnacle member (Hi, Public Lands Fund!). We also grew our team, adding three new staff and four new board members.
Thank you for your support — our work is possible because of you. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work together in 2022.