Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

Rating: 4.2 stars   20 reviews

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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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Rating: 4 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

This is a no-nonsense, pro-environment organization that provides a good balance between first trying to convince by reason and, if that doesn't work, going after the problem following law and the courts. The Director is a brilliant and seriously committed advocate for nature. He is not afraid to deal with -- mix it up with -- the largest of public or private agencies. He gets things done and decisions made! His small but dedicated staff is allowed to operate semi-autonomously, but internal communication remains strong and positive.

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

the protection of forests, grasslands, and alpine mountain-tops. Preservation of landscapes is emphasized over conservation of landscapes.

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

be incompetent and the organization would fail and sink into oblivion.

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

observing the passion among the staff members in protecting remote areas of Wyoming and the Black Hills that seem forgotten by the other, better funded, environmentally oriented organizations.

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

dedicated, competent, and irrepressible. I'd want them on my side of the discussion!

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

better assure that landscapes are left intact and biologically functional. It could help Mother Nature maintain her original balance and selective advantages.

Ways to make it better...

I were better informed about the full range of the staff's activities.

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

budgetary insolvency. This is the only hindrance to success in purpose.

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

I despise this kind of question.

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

BCA HAS IMPRESSED ME CONSISTANTLY OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THEY ARE REMARKABLY EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. THEY ARE VERY DESERVING OF INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND ARE SUCH GOD STEWARDS ON HOW IT IS USED.

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

MAINTAINING AND EFFECTIVE AND BALANCED APPROACH

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

NOT DO AS WELL AS THEY ALREADY DO

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

THEY ARE GREAT AT MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR SUPPORTERS

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

ALL WONDERFUL FOLKS

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

GET A RETURN N THAT INVESTMENT OF 100 MILLION

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING TO SAY

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

FINDING THE TRUE LEVEL OF SUPPORT THAT THEY ALREADY DESERVE

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

THIS AREA CAN NOT PROSPER ECONOMICALLY WITHOUT THEM

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

I have been impressed with BCA's willingness to partner with the faith community via the Wyoming Association of Churches. Also, their ability to take on tough issues in Wyoming through a science-based approach. Gutsy organization. I appreciate their Smart from the Start report on wind developmnet in Wyoming. Finally, they are an organized group that fights for the biodiversity of Wyoming.

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

Be an even better partner in protecting biodiveristy.

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2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I love this organization! I like its foundation in science, grassroots advocacy and direct experience with nature. I think its use of consensus is key for good decision making. I learn something every day at BCA and have high regard for my colleagues. BCA is hard-hitting and doesn't fall for fads in our field.

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

the Black Hills National Forest, the Medicine Bow National Forest, the Red Desert, and on behalf of native species.

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

be taking over a lot of responsibility.

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

how much more confidence I have that careers in nonprofits (doing something you love) is a viable option.

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

dedicated and smart. The volunteers remind me of how great humanity is.

Ways to make it better...

we were fully staffed: we could do so much more with such higher quality. Or if we had a nicer office. It would make me feel more proud about working there.

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

the cultural shifts that need to happen in a largely rural state, communications, and funding.

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

BCA has grown a lot in the last few years!

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

BCA is fantastic about getting the word out on issues. The only feedback I would have that is "constructive" is that sometimes, like so many environmental organizations, BCA relies on emotional rather than hard factual impact.

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

educating the public about local and regional issues.

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

Try to be more encompassing of the entire community, rather than "preaching to the choir."

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

activities like field trips to Ferris Dunes and slide shows of the Red Desert.

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

Friendly, energetic and passionate.

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

expand staffing.

Ways to make it better...

I saw a trend toward using fact-based rather than emotion-driven responses to issues.

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

Being recognized as pertinent by forces that are not in tune with the organization's philosophy and being more encompassing of the entire stakeholder community.

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

I support BCA in deed, even when I can't afford the money to support.

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

This organization is science-driven as it maneuvers through often difficult social, cultural and political realities. Its staff and board possess a clear understanding of its mission. We place only the need to maintain scientific, personal and organizational integrity on par with the importance of doing all our resources allow to protect wildlife and wild places in Wyoming and surrounding states.

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

its efforts to protect the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest from harmful logging projects, imperiled species, Thunder Basin National Grasslands, and the Red Desert.

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

step down and continue to do program work.

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

Its people and the successes we often celebrate

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

smart, dedicated and independent thinkers.

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

be approximately 33 times more effective and that is a conservative estimate.

Ways to make it better...

our dumpy office was not shades of pink and orange. For real.

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

financial for the short term and enduring the typical growing pains we are sure to experience.

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

this green non-profit is as lean and effective as any I know or could imagine.

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

BCA is an outstanding conservation organization with a dedicated staff and ambitious but effective goals. I only wish that BCA would team up with some of the fledgling conservation organizations in Idaho such as "Friends of the Clearwater." It would give BCA a broader base and would serve to strengthen the others.

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

very professional and dedicated to conservation.

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2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This group is informed, passionate, and dedicated. Did I mention creative? They reach the public on many different levels including offering hands on trips to sites that they are intent on preserving. I support BCA to the MAX

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

reaching and informing a lot of people about issues in our "backyard."

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

not change a thing.

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

how accessible the staff are.

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

great! They were friendly. They were fun.

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

put it to good use protecting the pilaging of big business in environmentally sensitive areas. That would be sooooo great. I'd love to see then have to work with 10 million bucks!

Ways to make it better...

I'd taken more time to be there.

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

funding issues; like the rest of us.

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

I want to go on one of the trips.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

We were so glad to have Sarah Egolf speak at the F. E. Warren AFB Women's History Month Tea. Many people commented on how interesting her talk was to them and that they were very enlightened by her speech. Sarah is indeed a very knowledgeable and personable young woman.

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

Very personable and professional.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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