Encompassing approximately 36 million acres and 2,400 river miles of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and other special designations, the National Conservation Lands are the most ecologically rich and culturally significant of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These lands are found throughout the West and Alaska, and comprise iconic landscapes that tell the American story – from the rivers first charted by Lewis and Clark through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, to the redwood coastline of the King Range National Conservation Area; from coastal Washington’s San Juan Islands National Monument to southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
Founded in 2007, the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is the only non-profit solely dedicated to protecting this collection of premier lands and waterways. Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.
History has shown that public lands are best protected when there is a dedicated constituency of local supporters working together to advance a shared conservation vision. In order to achieve our mission, CLF built and supported a diverse network of community-based groups across the American West, known as the Friends Grassroots Network. These local voices know the ecology, history, and culture of their local lands better than anyone else, but often lack the resources or expertise needed to achieve their goals. Since our founding, CLF has grown our Friends Grassroots Network from just 10 groups to more than 70 today. Our long-term engagement has ensured that this powerful Network has the training, mentoring, leadership development skills, and financial resources needed to be effective stewards and strong advocates for current and future National Conservation Lands.
Our work to empower and mobilize groups in the Friends Grassroots Network around core conservation principles for the National Conservation Lands has resulted in significant accomplishments. Together, we have successfully advocated for national monument designations and conservation policies that protect America’s clean water sources, vital wildlife habitat, and sacred cultural resources; and preserve landscape-level connectivity and biodiversity.