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The Conservation Alliance Announces 2022 Summer Grant Recipients Awards $690,000 in Grants to 16 Organizations

September 27, 2022

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Matt Medendorp
Backbone Media

Bend, Ore.

The Conservation Alliance is excited to present the recipients of its Summer 2022 Grants. In this cycle, $690,000 in grants were dispersed to 16 organizations working to protect outdoor spaces and wild places throughout North America. To date, they have awarded $1.8 million in 2022 and are on track to award $2.2 million by the end of this year, matching an all-time grant-giving high for the organization.


The Alliance evaluated 50 proposals before narrowing the field to the 16 recipients. Grantees were chosen by The Conservation Alliance member companies through a nomination and voting process. Four conservation groups – United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Colorado Wildlands Project, Dolores River Boating Advocates, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers – are working on priority campaigns.


“The strength of The Conservation Alliance comes from our member companies, whose annual dues fund our grant programs. We hope the infusion of capital into these land and water conservation projects, that are so critical to preserving wild places across the continent, paired with our collective advocacy will be the boost these projects need to get across the finish line,” said Shoren Brown, interim Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance.


The 16 projects are located across 12 American states – Vermont, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington – and one Canadian province – British Columbia.


The Conservation Alliance works with 270 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.


Projects funded in this grant cycle are as follows:



Project Name


American Whitewater


Western Rivers Conservation



Backcountry Hunters


Boundary Waters Protection



Colorado Wildlands Project

Dolores River Canyons Protection Campaign



Columbia Land Trust


Nestwood Forest



Dolores River Boating Advocates


Dolores River Protection Campaign/Coordination, Leadership, Organizing



Environmental Law and Policy Center


Seizing Opportunities to Achieve New and Expanded National Wilderness



Grand Canyon Trust


Permanently Protecting the Grand Canyon Region from Uranium Mining.




Grand Staircase Escalante Partners       


Grand Staircase-Escalante Resource Protections


Great Basin Water Network


Save the Swamp Cedars



Idaho Rivers United


Salmon River Wild and Scenic Campaigns



Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


Seymour Creek Big Hole River Acquisition



Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

Gwininitxw Protected Area



The Connecticut River Conservancy


Blake Higgins Dam removal



Trust for Public Land

Roaring Branch: Protecting the Appalachian Trail Corridor



United Tribes of Bristol Bay


Permanent Protections for Bristol Bay Watershed



Wild Salmon Center



Tillamook Legacy Campaign



   Total            $690,000


About The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance is an organization of 270 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 1989, we have contributed more than $27,370,000 in grants to conservation organizations whose collective efforts have helped protect 73 million acres of land and 3,580 miles of rivers; stop or remove 37 dams; acquire 21 climbing areas; and designate five marine reserves. For complete information about The Conservation Alliance, visit


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