Priority Campaign 2023

Chuckwalla National Monument

Bradshaw Trail
Photo: Bob Wick

The Conservation Alliance represents a coalition of businesses that fund and advocate for the protection of North America’s wild places. Through our work, we consolidate and redistribute power in the form of financial grants and political influence to grassroots environmental organizations working to permanently protect the outdoor spaces we love.

In 2023 and 2024, we are investing additional advocacy resources in six priority campaigns. Each campaign addresses settling competing demands for natural resources, adapting to a changing climate, recognizing the rights of Indigenous communities, and protecting habitat in places that are also valued for human recreation.

We announce our Advocacy Priority Campaigns once a year. In collaboration with our grantees, we work to identify land and water conservation opportunities that are urgent, vital, and need national attention. This year, we are proud to work with members of our flagship multi-year grant program and our Confluence Program to secure permanent protection of these threatened natural spaces.

Chuckwalla National Monument

What’s at stake? 

Chuckwalla National Monument in Southern California would protect nearly 700,000 acres of vital public lands in the California Desert. If designated, the national monument would stretch from the Southern border of Joshua Tree National Park, bordering the Chuckwalla Valley, and connect to the Colorado River. The area offers visitors beautiful views of colorful rock formations and popular hikes into narrow canyons. Permanent protections for Chuckwalla would preserve recreation access to popular places like the Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains, safeguard World War II historical sites, and the Bradshaw Trail, and protect vital habitats for chuckwalla (the monument’s namesake), desert bighorn sheep, and desert tortoise.

What’s the solution?

The Conservation Alliance will be joining on-the-ground groups in advocating for the protection of the Chuckwalla landscape by encouraging the Biden Administration to use the Antiquities Act to designate the Chuckwalla National Monument. In September 2023, Congressman Raul Ruiz and local leaders called on President Biden to use the Antiquities Act to permanently protect this vital landscape. Designating Chuckwalla National Monument will help contribute to the Administration’s goal of protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. You can take action to support the designation of Chuckwalla National Monument by adding your company to this letter.

Who is The Conservation Alliance’s partner?

CalWild protects and restores the state’s wildest natural landscapes and watersheds on public lands. CalWild is the only statewide organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the wild places and native biodiversity of California’s public lands. The Conservation Alliance has been a proud supporter of CalWild since 2000 and has given nearly $750,000 in grants overtime.