We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Winter 2012 Funding Cycle. Because of strong member support, we awarded 19 grants totaling $600,000. In 2012, The Conservation Alliance plans to contribute $1.3 million to organizatios working to permanently protect wild places. Scroll down to learn about the 19 projects funded in the first funding cycle of 2012.
American Whitewater (Cullohwee, NC) $34,000.00
Wild Olympics Campaign-To designate two dozen Wild and Scenic rivers representing more than 450 river miles, new wilderness areas that protect key watersheds, and additions to Olympic National Park that enhance watershed protection.
California Wilderness Coalition (Oakland, CA) $35,000.00
California Wilderness Campaign-To permanently protect more than 1,825,000 acres of public land and more than 226 miles of streams as Wild and Scenic rivers in California.
Caronlina Mountain Land Conservanvy (Hendersonville, NC) $30,000.00
East Fork Headwaters Project-To permanently protect 8,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and 50 miles of headwaters streams of the French Broad River through the creation of a Southern Appalachian National Wildlife Refuge, establishing a contiguous chain of 1,000,000 acres of publicly accessible wilderness.
Central Oregon LandWatch (Bend, OR) $25,000.00
Tumalo Creek Protection Campaign-To secure strong and permanent protection for Tumalo Creek, one of Central Oregon's most beloved recreation sites, as well as the mobilization of a multi-interest constituency dedicated to ongoing protection and restoration activities in the Tumalo Creek Watershed.
Conservation Resource Alliance (Traverse City, MI) $35,000.00
Boardman River Dam Projects-To remove four dams and restore 15 river miles resulting in a free flowing and reborn Boardman River, benefiting the fishery, the community and the efforts of other communities to remove similar dams.
Earthjustice (San Francisco, CA) $35,000.00
Saving Utah's Redrock Country Campaign-To protect roughly three million acres of wilderness-quality public lands in Utah's Red Rock Country from the imminent threat of oil and gas drilling and off-road vehicle use, opening the opportunity to obtain permanent federal protection for these wildlands.
Foothills Water Network (Lotus, CA) $25,000.00
Yuba Watershed Campaign-To protect and restore 200 miles of the Yuba watershed by establishing conditions in two federally enforceable hydropower licenses.
Forest Ethics (San Francisco, CA) $30,000.00
Canadian Boreal Forest Campaign-To implement the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, resulting in a comprehensive land-use framework that spans 175 million acres in Canada's Boreal, and ensures the long-term health of forest ecosystems, preserves critical habitat for endangered caribou, provides for a viable logging industry, and supports the well-being of indigenous First Nations.
Montana Wilderness Association (Helena, MT) $31,000.00
Rocky Mountain Front / Montana Forests Campaign-To passage of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act and the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, thereby permanently protecting 1.3 million acres of threatened wild landscapes through designated wilderness, backcountry recreation areas and conservation management areas.
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (Mahwah, NJ) $35,000.00
Southern Gunks Greenway Campaign-To purchase and transfer land to New York State resulting in the elimination of the remaining unprotected gaps in the Southern Gunks Greenway.
Niparaja (La Paz, Mexico) $30,000.00
Sierra La Giganta and Guadalupe Biosphere Reserve Campaign-To secure the support of key stakeholders and decision makers, primarily in Congress and state government, to promote issuance of a Presidential decree designating the Sierra La Giganta and Guadalupe Biosphere Reserve.
Rivers Without Borders (Auke Bay, AK) $30,000.00
Taku Watershed Conservation Campaign-To keep the 4.5 million acre Taku watershed totally intact and virtually pristine by eliminating a crucial access option for a mining venture that puts wild salmon and other exceptional ecosystem values at risk.
Sierra Club BC (Victoria, British Columbia) $35,000.00
Flathead River Valley Campaign-To create a National Park in B.C.'s Flathead River Valley, to fill in the missing piece of the adjacent Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and an International Wildlife Conservation Area in Montana and B.C. to protect a globally-significant wildlife corridor.
Trout Unlimited Alaska (Juneau, AK) $35,000.00
Protecting Alaska's Bristol Bay Campaign-To ensure the Environmental Protection Agency uses its authority under the Clean Water Act to deny a dredge and fill permit required for the construction of the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Trust for Public Land (Montpelier, VT) $25,000.00
Campaign to Create the Barre Town Forest-To completely transform a degraded industrial site to a vibrant natural landscape that will be owned by the local community as a new town forest and will provide extensive wildlife habitat and a place for residents to recreate.
Vermont Land Trust (Montpelier, VT) $35,000.00
Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry Conservation Project-To permanently protect the 1,200-acre Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry property that provides both critical habitat for wildlife and unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors to northern Vermont.
Wild Salmon Center (Portland, OR) $35,000.00
Tillamook Forest Campaign-To permanently protect 150,000 acres of rainforest in Oregon's North Coast Range, safeguarding popular hiking and mountain biking areas, wild salmon essential to a large recreational fishery, the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, and the carbon sequestration crucial for fighting global warming.
Wyoming Outdoor Council (Lander, WY) $30,000.00
Shoshone National Forest & Wind River Valley Keep It Wild Campaign-To secure protection for 80,000 acres of new wilderness and more than 700,000 roadless acres in the Shoshone National Forest, and protect 105,000 acres in the adjoining Upper Wind River Valley from future oil and gas development.
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initative (Canmore, Alberta) $30,000.00
Keeping the Peace Fully Wild Campaign-To ensure a decision to deny approval of the proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River, and protect British Columbia's Peace River Valley as a vital component of a healthy ecosystem and a vibrant local community.