Favorites on Friday: Conservation Alliance Seattle Tour

  Seattle's Pike Place Market Last week I had to opportunity to venture north, to Seattle, and visit a number of our member companies.  Seattle is a big city, full of sights, sounds, and a hustle-and-bustle we don't have in Bend, Oregon.  As I negotiated my way through a maze of freeways, only one thought…

Take Action Tuesday: Ever Dreamed of Being a Polar Bear?

Ever dreamed of being a polar bear? Join Alaska Wilderness League and the feisty nonprofit will fulfill your wish with one of its eight "Ice-P" costumes. You'll be covered in white fur from the top of your head to the bottom of your shoes. These costumes regularly travel the country as "Ice-P" to appear at…

Forest Society Reports Success!

Photo: Brian Hotz Conservation Alliance grantee, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, reports they have executed a conservation easement deed on the 55-acre Royce Property, located on the flanks of Mt. Monadnock, North America's most popular hiking destination.  Mt. Monadnock is in the backyard of Conservation Alliance Pinnacle Member Eastern Mountain Sports and…

Congressman Gallegly introduces recreation and land protection bill for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

Republican Representative Elton Gallegly, who serves California's 24th Congressional District, introduced legislation on Wednesday that would protect many important wild places in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.  This is first step toward securing Wilderness and Wild & Scenic designations for these areas, an effort led by Conservation Alliance Grantees…

Backyard Collective travels to the East Coast

  More than 100 volunteers from Eastern Mountain Sports, Briggs & Riley Travelware, EarthTec, NEMO Equipment, Jetboil, and Polartec came out to support the East Coast Backyard Collective. This great group of volunteers partnered with several local environmental organizations and spread out through the Monadnock region of New Hampshire to work on a variety of…

Grantee Weekly Grind: Grand Canyon Trust Employee Honored With Conservation Leadership Award

  In 2010, the Conservation Alliance awarded the Grand Canyon Trust a grant 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. Congratulations to Grand Canyon Trust employee Dr. Mary O'Brien for receiving the Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Leadership Award!   From…

Backyard Collectives 2010: Bringing Companies and Causes Together in Denver

  It's always important for Conservation Alliance to maintain the connections between our member companies and grantees, and what's one of the best ways to do that? Bringing them all together for a day of volunteering where they can "get their hands dirty" for conservation! Which is why last week, we brought Colorado-area member companies…

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…

Ventura Volunteers Kick Off 2010 Backyard Collectives!

In one afternoon, more than 100 volunteers at last Friday's Backyard Collective in Ventura removed nearly 4 tons of trash from Ventura River and beach — resulting in a dumpster full of waste that would have otherwise polluted the waters of hte Ventura River and the Pacific Ocean. From Santa Barbara's KEYT Television: You may…

Look For More Wilderness Protection In 2010

  Key lawmakers say that they are likely to pass another sweeping package of wilderness, parks and other natural resources bills by the end of this year. This action would follow the passing of the unprecedented Ominibus Public Land Management Act last year that protected 3 million acres of land, and 1,000 miles of rivers…

How ConservationNEXT inspired us…

MAKE SURE TO HONK AND WAVE IF YOU SEE THIS VAN DRIVING IN THE SAN DIEGO REGION!     Outdoor Outreach (www.outdooroutreach.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives  through comprehensive outdoor programming.  Through the encouragement of Conservation Next, our entire…

HUGE LANDS PACKAGE CLEARS CONGRESS, AWAITS OBAMA’S SIGNATURE

The House of Representatives voted today to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. The final vote in the House was 285-140. The bill passed the Senate 77-21 last week. The lands package now goes to President Obama for his signature, possibly as early as next Monday. The President is expected to sign the bill….

Conservation Alliance Member Recognized for His Commitment to Wilderness

Teague Hatfield, owner of Alliance member FootZone of Bend was recognized by the Campaign for America's Wilderness for his commitment to Wilderness protection for The Badlands, a 30,000-acre desert wildland outside of his home in Bend, Oregon. Congratulations to Teague for this much-deserved recognition. Check out the article here. On an unrelated note, Teague's shop…

Obama Chooses Sen. Salazar as Interior Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama nominated Colorado Senator Ken Salazar to serve as his Interior Secretary. This appointment will have the greatest impact on the land and water conservation efforts over the next four years. The only other position that rivals the Interior Secretary's importance to conservation is Forest Service Chief. The Interior Secretary oversees the National…

ConservationNEXT visits the Capital

  I have to say transitioning from the walls of the Grand Canyon to the walls of the capital is no easy task. In fact my head was spinning a bit as I left a 15 day Grand Canyon trip, made the quick 12 hour drive back to California and hopped on a plane heading…