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.
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.
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.