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Conservation Aliance Awards $235,000 in Grants to Eight Organizations

October 12, 2005

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John Sterling

Kristin Carpenter

Bend, Oregon

The Conservation Alliance sent checks totaling $235,000 to eight organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance’s second disbursal of funding for 2005, and the largest single round of funding in the organization’s 16-year history.

By a vote of the group’s 90 member companies, The Conservation Alliance made donations to eight grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

GroupGrant Amount
Alaska Wilderness League$70,000
Campaign for the Snake River Headwaters$30,000
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance$25,000
Alaska Conservation Foundation$30,000
California Wilderness Coalition$30,000
Restore Hetch Hetchy$20,000
North Fork River Improvement Association$15,000
West Virginia Wilderness Coalition$15,000

“We are proud to make another round of grants to organizations working to protect threatened wild places,” said Conservation Alliance Program Director John Sterling. “Together our member companies are helping efforts to save places from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to wild forests in West Virginia.”

With the conclusion of this funding cycle, the Conservation Alliance completes its 16th year of supporting conservation work. Total donations for 2005 were $435,000, which is an all-time high.

“Our membership has grown steadily over the past several years, so we have more money to give to the groups working to save the places where outdoor industry customers recreate, and where wildlife thrives,” said Sterling. “We are pleased to see a growing commitment to conservation in our industry, and we hope more companies will join in our effort.”

The Conservation Alliance announced eight new members at the August OR Show: Black Diamond Equipment, Horny Toad, Mercury Advertising, MoonFoto, Nikwax, Osprey Packs, Sanitas Sales Group, and Vasque. Through a partnership with Keen Footwear, the first year’s dues of those new members were matched dollar-for-dollar by Keen Footwear. The Keen matching program will continue through June, 2006.

Prior to announcing the grants, The Conservation Alliance secured a commitment from an anonymous donor to match any donation made to the Alaska Wilderness League (AWL). The Alliance membership had overwhelmingly voted to fund AWL for its work to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. As a result, the Alliance’s $35,000 donation leveraged an additional $35,000 from the donor for a total of $70,000.

“Now is a critical time for the fate of the Arctic Refuge,” said Sterling. “We are pleased to be able to attract additional funding for this historic effort.”

The Conservation Alliance reviews grant requests twice each year.

(Scroll down for break down of funding.)

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $4.5 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 34 million acres of wildlands; 25 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see


Alaska Conservation Foundation
Defend Alaska NOW! Campaign: Protect key recreational and public lands in Alaska from unprecedented environmental assaults.

Alaska Wilderness League
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign: Secure permanent protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by dramatically increasing the visibility of the Arctic Refuge issue and mobilizing Arctic activists to maintain visible pressure on members of Congress.

California Wilderness Coalition
Defense of the Wild Campaign: Defend California wildlands from immediate threats including irresponsible logging, mining, off-road vehicle abuses, energy extraction, and unwise development.

Campaign for the Snake Headwaters
Wild and Scenic Rivers Campaign: Secure permanent protection for the best remaining free-flowing rivers and native trout fisheries in Wyoming’s Snake River drainage.

North Fork River Improvement Association
Chipeta Dam Removal Project: Remove the obsolete Chipeta Dam and enhance a fish and wildlife migration route, remove non-native tamarisk and Russian Olive trees, and create safe passage for boats and recreators.

Restore Hetch Hetchy
Stakeholder Coalition Building and Grassroots Activation: Support movement to restore Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley and the wild and scenic Tuolumne River.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Off-Road Vehicle Campaign: Protect America’s Redrock Wilderness from off-road vehicle damage.

West Virginia Wilderness Coalition
West Virginia Wilderness Campaign: Secure congressional Wilderness designation for special places on the Monongahela National Forest.