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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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