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Conservation Lands Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a small Central Oregon conservation organization, it’s been a pleasure and honor to partner with the Conservation Lands Foundation. Support from the Conservation Lands Foundation enabled the Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness aka “FOBBITS” to engage with a diverse group of community members in an effort to restore and enhance the recently designated Badlands Wilderness Trailhead System. Central Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds have developed a greater appreciation for our National Landscape Conservation System. Restoring and preserving this vast and beautiful trail system means future Oregonians will be able to enjoy the Badlands Wilderness for many generations to come. The National Conservation Systems Foundation commitment was essential in the success of the Badlands Trailhead System Enhancement Project and we are truly grateful for your support. Thank you for protecting our Nation’s most beautiful and valuable landscapes.


Board Member

Rating: 5

It's very rare to get a chance to be in on the beginning of something that promises to have a national impact far beyond your own lifetime. The Conservation Lands Foundation is working to establish and encourage local Friends groups connected with national monuments that are part of the National Conservation Landscape System -- some of the most special public lands in the nation. As a student of America's conservation history, it's exciting to see this powerful idea take seed and grow -- like being there when John Muir and others began the Sierra Club, or when Theodore Roosevelt first used the Antiquities Act to create the first national monuments (like the Grand Canyon) and in the process saved great spaces for future generations. With each decision we make, each step forward we take, we, too, are shaping a future we can only imagine -- and which we hope will reverberate for generations we will never meet. Some day many years from now, someone will be hiking through Grand Staircase Escalante, or canoeing through the White Cliffs of the Upper Missouri River, or enjoying some other site in the system, connecting at a profoundly personal level with our nation's land and history and becoming better Americans for the experience; and I will have played some small part in helping make that moment possible. That's an exhilarating prospect.


Board Member

Rating: 5

The Conservation Lands Foundation was actively engaged in helping Tuleyome develop an effective proposal and they are providing on-going assistance with implementation to ensure success. We are also pleased with their work in putting us in touch with similar organizations to share experiences and expertise.