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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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