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The Conservation Alliance Contributes a Record $900,000 in Grants to 22 Organizations

September 11, 2019

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Julie Evans
Verde Brand Communications

Bend, Ore.

The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $900,000 to 22 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. This is the organization’s single largest grant disbursal since The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989. The grants put the organization on track to contribute $2 million in 2019, another record.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 250 outdoor and related businesses that come together around a shared purpose to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund. The Conservation Alliance made donations to 22 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:




Alachua Conservation Trust 

Rise Up for the Santa Fe River Campaign

$   35,000

Audubon Alaska 

Protect the Arctic Refuge Campaign

$   50,000

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – National 

Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative

$   50,000

Conservation Colorado 

CORE Act Campaign

$   50,000

Conservation Lands Foundation 

Campaign for the Gila River, Wild and Scenic

$   45,000

Ducks Unlimited 

Grayland Acquisition and Protection Project

$   35,000

Grand Canyon Trust 

Campaign to Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

$   50,000

Greater Yellowstone Coalition 

Yellowstone Gateway Land Acquisitions Campaign

$   50,000

Idaho Conservation League 

Protecting the High Divide Campaign

$   10,000

Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Oregon Wildlands 2.0 Campaign

$   50,000

Montana Wilderness Association 

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project

$   45,000

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance 

Greater Chaco Protection Campaign

$   45,000

Oregon Natural Desert Association 

Protecting Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands

$   50,000

San Juan Citizen’s Alliance 

San Juan Mountains Wilderness

$   35,000

Save Our Canyons 

Wild Forests and Connected Watersheds Education Program

$   20,000

Save the Redwoods 

Protecting the Giants of Giant Sequoia National Monument

$   50,000

The Trust for Public Land 

Spence Mountain

$   40,000

The Wilderness Land Trust 

Little Castle Lake-Castle Crags Wilderness Project

$   30,000

Trout Unlimited 

Sportsmen for the Ruby Mountains

$   45,000

Wallowa Land Trust 

Campaign for the East Moraine

$   40,000

Washington Wild 

North Cascades and Puget Sound Headwaters Campaign

$   40,000

Wilderness Workshop 

Thompson Divide and CORE Act Campaign

$   35,000

Total    $900,000

“In our 30th anniversary year, we are excited to make our largest grant disbursal ever,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “Thanks to the generous support of our members, we’re on track to award a record $2 million in 2018.”

Each project funded during this grant cycle was nominated to submit a grant proposal by a Conservation Alliance member company. The Conservation Alliance staff and board evaluated 53 proposals and placed 25 projects on a ballot. The 22 grants awarded in this grant cycle represent the projects that received the most votes from Conservation Alliance member company employees. Collectively, these projects seek to protect more than 19 million acres and 1,046 river miles. The grants cover projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Two of the 22 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Alachua Conservation Trust and Ducks Unlimited.

For a complete overview of each grant, 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. 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 $22 million, awarded 650 grants, helped to protect more than 52 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,112 miles of rivers; stop or remove 34 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 14 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see