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Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species, Science & Technology, Technology

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.

Programs: Conservation advocacy

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Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 0

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I haven't been in the area too long, but constantly find BCA promoting false statements about land usage. I support most of the stated mission of BCA, but find the organization to be fundamentally flawed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in Laramie when BCA was founded and followed their important work for years. Inspite of tremendous pressure and rumors of death threats, they carried on helping to save Wyoming's wildness.With minimal but dedicated staff, I watched them accomplish miracles for wildlife species. I still keep up and donate every year, even though I've moved away! Someday I want to make one of the field trips to Red Desert & adobetown. best, Lynne Hull

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Matthieu Ricard once said, "What counts is not the enormity of the task, but the size of the courage" This is what I have experienced over the years with BCA -- it is an organization filled with the kind of smart, caring people who just don't give up. And in Wyoming this counts for so much! Even tho some of the staff people have changed over the twenty years this group has been around, the mission hasn't -- they're still using science and law to win on behalf of clean rivers, old growth forests, restored prairies and all the beautiful wildlife living in these landscapes. It takes a lot of grist and heart not to go down into despair in this environmental crisis -- I love and admire all these folks for continuing their work. They inspire me.

14 Jamie Egolf

Donor

Rating: 5

I've rarely seen a more hardworking, knowledgeable, talented, and dedicated group of people in a non profit before. The history of BCA set the stage for the highly educated group that would follow the efforts of Lela Bruno when the group was called Friends of the Bow in stopping the ragged clear cutting of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Now they tackle education, leadership, litigation, organization, and fund raising in order to protect habitats, clean up tainted water from Coal Bed Methane production, and dedicate rare areas like Adobe Town, protecting the area from drilling and other destruction. We can also thank them for the reintroduction of the Black Footed Ferret and protecting the pocket gopher. This is a hard time for non profits, and we need to be certain that they remain in their habitat too!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

17 Rick

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

14 SarahBCA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

16 WaterTrick

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.