Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
June 2, 2011
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!
Ways to make it better...
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.
Professional with expertise in this field & Worked as Development Director raising money for six years.