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Conservation Alliance Contributes $500k in Grants to 19 Organizations

Disbursement is the largest in the organization’s history

Bend, Ore., September 28, 2009 – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $500,000 to 19 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance’s final funding disbursal for 2009, and the largest single funding cycle in Alliance history. Since the organization’s founding in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $7.9 million.

By a vote of the group’s member companies, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 19 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization Location Amount
Adirondack Council Elizabethtown, NY $30,000
Alaska Wilderness League Washington, DC $30,000
American Rivers – Pacific Northwest Office Seattle, WA $20,000
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Harpers Ferry, WV $30,000
Colorado Environmental Coalition Denver, CO $30,000
Environmental Defense Center Santa Barbara, CA $25,000
Foothills Water Network Lotus, CA $30,000
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Reno, NV $30,000
Gifford Pinchot Task Force Portland, OR $25,000
National Parks Conservation Association Salt Lake City, UT $30,000
Oregon Natural Desert Association Bend, OR $30,000
Pacific Wild Denny Island, BC $30,000
Save our Canyons Salt Lake City, UT $15,000
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Salt Lake City, UT $25,000
The Trust for Public Land Northern New England Montpelier, VT $25,000
The Wilderness Society-Idaho Boise, ID $30,000
Utah Rivers Council Salt Lake City, UT $25,000
WaterWatch of Oregon Portland, OR $15,000
Yaak Valley Forest Council Troy, MT $25,000
  Total $500,000

“We’re proud to complete our largest funding cycle ever in the midst of a really tough economy,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “It means that our members understand the importance of conservation, through thick or thin.”

This round of grant recipients reflects the geographic distribution of Conservation Alliance members. Conservation Alliance funds will support efforts to: secure new wilderness designations in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Montana, and Idaho; protect wild rivers in Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah; expand state and national parks in New York and Utah; and remove a dam in Oregon.

Each project was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company. “Each of these projects stands a great chance of success,” said Sterling. “Outdoor product users need wild places, and through The Conservation Alliance, our industry is doing its part to save those places.”

See for a complete overview of each grant.

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 $7.9 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 49 million acres of wildlands; 27 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 17,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see