Mission: To protect, restore, and expand the national conservation lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: Constituency development program: the conservation lands foundation makes grants under our constituency development program. We provide financial and training resources to support organizations working to protect, restore and expand national conservation lands. The bulk of our resources in this program go to organizations that are in our friends grassroots network. Resources include, but are not limited to: grants for project-specific work; grants for general support and organizational development; fundraising support, including trainings and resource development; consulting for planning, policy or technical help; trainings for board and staff development; media and communications training; restoration projects and participation at our annual conference, the friends grassroots network rendezvous.
national monuments campaign: the conservation lands foundation is leading efforts topermanently protect naturally, culturally and historically significant public landsaround the west. To achieve this, we are building place-based, local proposals for new national monuments. Our work ensures that the voices of conservationists, business owners, sportsmen, tribes and others from these local communities are heard.
communications program: the goal of the communications program is to build awarenessand to communicate the values and beauty of the national conservation lands to theamerican people and beyond. Clf worked with the bureau of land management to formally adopt more effective communications tools, and encouraged more media coverage of the national conservation lands.
The leadership of the Foundation has been outstanding in their dogged pursuit of improving the management, funding and expansion of the National Landscape Conservation System and I'm sure they'll keep up the fantastic work. I enjoy exchanging ideas with them and working together on our mutual interests.
In November 2008, I attended the first Friends Rendezvous in Arizona held by the Foundation. Staff and volunteers from national conservation and preservation groups as well as staff and volunteers from local Friends Groups in support of the Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System gathered to network, learn and share ideas. The organization, planning and hard work by the Foundation paid off with several days of networking and education among the participants. Volunteers and staff at all levels were involved and there were opportunities for participants of all skill levels to learn something new every day and meet other people working at the same level on similar issues from other areas of the country.