As a budding Friends group I have been fortunate to work with the Conservation Lands Foundation. As we continue to get our area properly designated as a National Conservation Area, the CLF has invited us to conferences, provided fundamental training in starting a nonprofit such as fundraising, strategic planning and professional support. Through these interactions I have a network of special landscape caretakers to seek ideas, advice, and experience. This is particularly importantly since many organizers are in rural areas. Gold Butte, Mesquite NV is fortunate to have a passionate group of friends and the staff of the Conservation Lands Foundation looking out for its interest
My professional experience with the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) has been incredibly beneficial to both the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as well as our organization, Friends of Red Rock Canyon. The CLF board and staff have been extremely generous with their time, insights and expertise but have also gone the extra mile regarding personal follow-up. Our organization is going through the normal growing pains associated with the increasing demands/needs of the public lands and the dwindling appropriated federal funding. The CLF has provided funding enabling a board growth and development seminar as well as providing mentoring and welcome advice on strategic planning. I can’t imagine going through the sometimes painful growth process without the assistance of the Conservation Lands Foundation. The CLF provides options for the ways and means, practical advice as well as the knowledge to obtain organizational goals. The Conservation Lands Foundation has filled a void in the network of nonprofits working to improve and support the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. They have provided a centralized point of contact for practical advice/instructions and proven experiences.
Conservation Lands Foundation has assisted our nonprofit watershed restoration and conservation partnership through funding for a variety of activities including native prairie restoration, salmon surveys, and public education. They have also included us in a number of valuable networking events and interactions. The Foundation is currently considering additional funding for us to enhance the development of the Mattole Coho Recovery Strategy, a critical part of our efforts to save one of the King Range National Conservation Area's iconic salmon species from extinction. We greatly appreciate the Foundation's ongoing support for our work to protect the Mattole watershed and the King Range. The foundation places great value on innovative partnership approaches to conservation, which has proved successful over our organizations' 30 years experience.
The Conservation Lands Foundation is one of those rare groups that shows up ahead of the game. Their focus on securing consistent, sound and sustainable management for the National Landscape Conservation system by combining grassroots Friends groups into a nationwide coalition represents an excellent approach. The state-based staff has been very helpful at bringing national experience and vision down to the local level. For us in the Eastern Sierra at Friends of the Inyo, this approach of empowering the grassroots to protect, restore and enhance our public lands has worked well; the Conservation Lands Foundation has given us capacity to work on public lands issues that few other groups can.