Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

Rating: 4.2 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Animals, Technology, Environment

Location: 215 S 3rd St., Ste. 114 PO Box 1512 Laramie WY 82073 USA

Mission: BCA is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places in Wyoming and surrounding states, particularly on public lands.  Wyoming has some of the healthiest ecosystems in the lower 48, but they are under intense attack by industrialization.  BCA is dedicated to conserving our region’s rich natural heritage by calling attention to abuses of the land, empowering the public to get involved, and pressuring government agencies to protect land, wildlife, fish and plants. BCA works to protect imperiled native species and clean water and air for the benefit of wildlife and the public for generations to come.
Results: Top Ten On-the-Ground Successes in 20 Years: 1.  Protected Rock Creek Roadless Area on the Medicine Bow National Forest from the huge Threemile Timber Sale (15,000 acres). 2.  Protected all roadless areas from commercial timber sales, secured five new “Research Natural Areas” totaling 15,480 acres, and achieved the first official Wilderness recommendation in Wyoming in nineteen years for Rock Creek (18,859 acres) through our Keep the Medicine Bow Wild Campaign. 3.  Protected Duck Creek Roadless Area (12,330 acres) on Thunder Basin National Grassland from habitat destruction by oil and gas development. 4.  Won $60,000 through successful lawsuit settlements to fund additional black-footed ferret restoration in Shirley Basin (85 ferrets) and Thunder Basin National Grassland (reintroduction imminent). 5.  Saved the Miracle Mile blue-ribbon trout fishing area, North Platte River and Seminoe Reservoir water quality from the waste water from 1,240 coalbed methane wells and helped create stringent new state regulations for wastewater deposition in high class waterways. 6.  Gained protection for four new Research Natural Areas of high biological value in the Black Hills National Forest totaling more than 2,200 acres and increasing the protected acreage in the Black Hills by more than 20% through our Black Hills Protection and Restoration Campaign. 7.  Protected 5,000 acres of the Sand Creek Roadless Area of the Black Hills from the Cement Timber Sale and placer mining. 8.  Directed public attention to Adobe Town (the crown jewel of Wyoming’s desert wilderness) and achieved “Very Rare or Uncommon” status through the state Environmental Quality Council, protecting the entire 180,000 acres from uranium and oil shale mining. 9.  Protected the spectacular East Fork of the Encampment River Roadless Area (7,429 acres), including the Coon Creek area old-growth forest from clearcutting and several huge industrial logging projects. 10.  Reduced the amount of trees cut on the Medicine Bow National Forest from an unsustainable 28 million board feet per year to 4-5 million board feet per year, a level estimated by the Forest Service to be sustainable, from 1998 to 2008.
Target demographics: Sensitive native species of Wyoming and their habitats.
Geographic areas served: Wyoming and surrounding states.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I was the Development Director at BCA for six years. I remain incredibly proud of the work of the organization and the knowledge and expertise of the staff. I continue to notice the importance of BCA's positive impact on wildlife and the environmental movement far beyond the state of Wyoming. For example, in my new role with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, we are working on restoring habitat for the northern leopard frog and Preble's Meadow jumping mouse, and funding is available to do this work. I don't know if the attention to these species would have brought funding to this important work if BCA hadn't worked very hard to raise awareness about them in the press, and fought hard for federal designations under the Endangered Species Act. I truly believe in the mission of BCA; I'm now a donor and will continue to donate as long as I can. I think it is sad that money for advocacy work that is so vital is so sparse, and I will continue to encourage others to put money towards this work as a donor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I was growing up on Barber Lake Road in the Medicine Bow National Forest, I never heard frogs. Logging was really unsustainable in those years, and I'm sure it had a negative effect on amphibians. Now the new Forest Plan allows zero destruction of amphibian habitat, which is exactly what needs to happen to stop the worldwide amphibian decline. Every year since the new Forest Plan that BCA influenced to be more sustainable, I have heard frogs croaking in the beaver ponds along Barber Lake Road!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do just what they're doing now: move to a nice, new office. I'd also find a way to scan their voluminous files and backup online so they would have less paperwork on their hands, with better security. I'd give them 8 staff members to better fulfill their mission (if I had the $). I'd give them an unlimited budget to use at their discretion for their creative, potent ideas for methods of change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance is a strong, grass-roots, environmental group that works tirelessly to safeguard Wyoming's natural attributes, which are constantly under pressure in many ways, but especially from oil and gas extraction and associated industrialization of Wyoming landscapes. If you love Wyoming's natural places, consider donating to BCA. They accomplish much with a small budget thanks to the dedication of their staff. An example is the fight to protect the unparralleled beauty and solitude of the Adobe Town area from development.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Protection of one of my favorite places: Adobe Town and the rest of the Red Desert.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way for them to increase their budget.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increasing funding base so that it can work more effectively to protect Wyoming's wild places.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Protecting Wyoming's wild places.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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17 people found this review helpful

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA) is a smart, science-based environmental group that works tirelessly to protect the frequently maligned landscapes and ecosystems of Wyoming and bordering areas. The staff works all the time and is impressive in the amount of hard scientific research that they do to contest ecological unsustainable or unreasonable development in the region. They deserve a huge amount of credit for protecting Wyoming in the face of the relentless oil and gas industry and other industries that put profit before sustainability.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

almost all aspects of land protecting in Wyoming and in national campaigns to reign in oil and gas development.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the people who work for it are extremely smart and dedicated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well educated, scientifically committed protectors of Wyoming's environment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact on protecting the Wyoming that I love and the plants and animals that try to live here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

This "charity" is not that at all. They promote using falsehoods and pictures that have been doctored. Molvar over-rates his knowledge constantly. You would be wise to avoid this so-called non-profit because they are not truthful in what they tell the public.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally have experienced the results of this organization in my personal and professional life and the results have not been pleasant.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove Molvar.

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7 people found this review helpful

I did inventories of older files dealing with legal, public relations, and Federal agency work. (There was an amazing amount of material.) I am now working on sorting and listing clippings files. I am retired and I was asked to volunteer about two years ago. I have always been treated with humor and smarts by a dedicated staff that has always been quick to answer questions. I have occasionally had a free lunch from the deal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's office and some social events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to streamline the clerical system.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always knowledgeable and highly educated with an active sense of humor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spend a lot more time in the field monitoring projects and agencies.

Ways to make it better...

If the office wasn't so crowded and cramped with material.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Competition with other agencies and the national financial ecological catastrophe.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've noticed some negative comments. I don't agree with them at all (in so far as I can understand them)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Biodiversity Conservation Alliance is an outstanding organization that is willing to take measured, but tough stances in defense of wild places. Their staff is first rate with significant on the ground experience that leads credibility to their efforts. Their policy positions are grounded in a strong scientific perspective.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their efforts to promote the ecological values of the Red Desert and their success in getting political support for protection of Adobe Town area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are responsive to requests for dialogue even though I know they have limited time and resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world, well maybe not the world, but I bet they could save a good chunk of Wyoming.

Ways to make it better...

I can honesty say I've always had a positive experience that exceeds expectations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have great staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

BCA is a hard hitting, no nonsense group that provides wildlife and natural places a strong voice to counter forces of exploitation and damage. But, in addition to their work to halt the damage, BCA also provides science-based conservation plans and positive alternatives to the status quo.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

saving natural areas on public lands administered by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely hard working, dedicated, and knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I haven't been in the area too long, but constantly find BCA promoting false statements about land usage. I support most of the stated mission of BCA, but find the organization to be fundamentally flawed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Medicine Bow National Forest

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I was in Laramie when BCA was founded and followed their important work for years. Inspite of tremendous pressure and rumors of death threats, they carried on helping to save Wyoming's wildness.With minimal but dedicated staff, I watched them accomplish miracles for wildlife species. I still keep up and donate every year, even though I've moved away! Someday I want to make one of the field trips to Red Desert & adobetown. best, Lynne Hull

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

raising awareness and getting major habitat threats to wildlife changed, legally and by rallying popular support

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Matthieu Ricard once said, "What counts is not the enormity of the task, but the size of the courage" This is what I have experienced over the years with BCA -- it is an organization filled with the kind of smart, caring people who just don't give up. And in Wyoming this counts for so much! Even tho some of the staff people have changed over the twenty years this group has been around, the mission hasn't -- they're still using science and law to win on behalf of clean rivers, old growth forests, restored prairies and all the beautiful wildlife living in these landscapes. It takes a lot of grist and heart not to go down into despair in this environmental crisis -- I love and admire all these folks for continuing their work. They inspire me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their work to document the need to protect ground nesting birds and raptors in the midst of new wind farm developments. This is a razor's edge for any environmentalist, and BCA has been teaching themselves and agencies how to look carefully at this issue.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their tenacity. They use the logo of the Badger: an animal that is fiercely protective of its territory. If you ever saw a "David and Goliath" situation, it's BCA fighting the powerful oil and gas industry that's been let loose in WY.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This group already does so much with so little money! They could pay themselves a decent salary and hire all the legal, scientific and communications staff TODAY that they need to file the lawsuits and petitions so necessary to protecting our environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I've rarely seen a more hardworking, knowledgeable, talented, and dedicated group of people in a non profit before. The history of BCA set the stage for the highly educated group that would follow the efforts of Lela Bruno when the group was called Friends of the Bow in stopping the ragged clear cutting of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Now they tackle education, leadership, litigation, organization, and fund raising in order to protect habitats, clean up tainted water from Coal Bed Methane production, and dedicate rare areas like Adobe Town, protecting the area from drilling and other destruction. We can also thank them for the reintroduction of the Black Footed Ferret and protecting the pocket gopher. This is a hard time for non profits, and we need to be certain that they remain in their habitat too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

convincing legislators and the public of the importance of seemingly unimportant critters, and in Wyoming this can be like pushing the rock uphill at times because of our entrenched conservatism.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their enthusiasm and commitment. They are quite social "animals" as well and delight in taking their expertise and knowledge out of the office.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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