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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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: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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