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Outdoor Related Businesses Invest $950,000 to Secure Protections for Wild Places

October 1, 2020

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Julie Evans
Verde Brand Communications

BEND, Ore.

The Conservation Alliance Contributes a Total of $2M in Grants in 2020

The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $950,000 to organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. Funding will help conservation groups secure new protections for remote wild lands and waters, and acquire close-to-home trails and open spaces.

The Conservation Alliance works with 250 member companies to identify important conservation projects that seek to protect wildlife habitat and access to recreation. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund, and funding is disbursed twice annually to the grassroots groups working to secure these protections.

New Conservation Alliance grantees are collectively working to protect 53 million acres and 125 river miles, and acquire one climbing area. Projects funded in this grant cycle are as follows:


Project Name


Access Fund

Thumb Open Space


Appalachian Mountain Club

Campaign to Preserve Maine’s Intact Forest:  Protecting the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest


Audubon Alaska

Protect the Arctic Refuge Campaign


Cowiche Canyon Conservancy

Uplands Capital Campaign


CPAWS Manitoba

Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative



More than just Gold: Protecting the Dawson Region


Friends of Cedar Mesa

A Pivotal Year for Bears Ears


Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Military Expansion Defense Campaign for Desert Refuge / Churchill County


Frontera Land Alliance

Lost Dog Conservation Easement


Grand Canyon Trust

Permanently Protecting the Grand Canyon and Surrounding Public Lands from Uranium Mining


Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Yellowstone Gateway Land Acquisitions – Permanently Protecting the Border of Yellowstone National Park


Green Mountain Conservancy

Deer Run Nature Preserve Phase 2


Idaho Conservation League

Protecting the High Divide


Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands

Expand the Wild Rogue


Methow Valley Citizens Council

Great Northwest Forest Campaign


Montana Wilderness Association

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project


New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Greater Chaco Protection Campaign


Ohio Environmental Council

Black Diamond Backcountry Campaign


Oregon Desert Land Trust

Connecting Central Oregon’s Backcountry


Oregon Natural Desert Association

Protecting Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands


Park County Environmental Council

Protecting the Wild and Working Landscapes of Montana’s Crazy Mountains


San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Mountains Wilderness


Trout Unlimited


Sportsmen for the Ruby Mountains Project


Whatcom Land Trust


Skookum II Conservation Corridor


Wilderness Workshop

Achieving Permanent Protection for the Thompson Divide


Total    $950,000  

Three organizations received Conservation Alliance funding for the first time:  Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Frontera Land Alliance and Green Mountain Conservancy. The Conservation Alliance has awarded a total of $2,000,000 in grants in 2020—equal to the total funding awarded in 2019.

“We reached our grant-making goal for 2020 by retaining and attracting new member companies,” said Brady Robinson, Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance. “We are hopeful this cash infusion, coupled with our advocacy efforts, will help move some of these important conservation projects across the finish line by the end of the year.”

For a complete overview of each grant, please visit:

About The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded 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 throughout North America. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $24 million, awarded 720 grants, helped to protect more than 73 million acres of wildlands and 3,575 miles of rivers; stop or remove 35 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 17 climbing areas. For complete information about The Conservation Alliance, visit