Best Year Ever! Conservation Alliance Victories: 10.5 Million Acres of Land and 1000 Miles of Rivers Protected.

The Conservation Alliance achieved a spectacular year in 2009. Together, we contributed $900,000 to 34 organizations working to protect North America’s last wild places. More important, 21 of the projects we supported over the past several years crossed the finish line, protecting 10.5 million acres of land and 1000 miles of rivers in the US and Canada, removing a dam on Oregon’s Rogue River, and acquiring a popular climbing crag in Vermont.

conservation alliance - 2009 update

Mount Hood Wilderness and Rivers: Grantee Oregon Wild led the effort to secure permanent protection for 128,600 acres of national forest and 80 miles of rivers on Oregon’s iconic Mount Hood.

Oregon Desert Wilderness: Oregon Natural Desert Association succeeded in its campaigns to protect the Oregon Badlands and Spring Basin, 40,000 acres of spectacular wildlands in Oregon’s high desert.

California Wilderness and Rivers: Grantees California Wilderness Coalition and Friends of the River played a key role in campaigns to permanently protect more than 650,000 acres of Wilderness, and 83 miles of rivers in the Eastern Sierra, White Mountains, and California Desert.

Owyhee Canyonlands and Rivers: A grassroots campaign led by The Wilderness Society of Idaho succeeded in protecting as wilderness more than 500,000 acres in Idaho’s Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands.

Snake River Headwaters Protections: Two grants to the Campaign for the Snake Headwaters supported this effort to protect more than 440 river and stream miles in the headwaters of Wyoming’s Snake River system.

Wyoming Range Protections: Greater Yellowstone Coalition used our support to withdraw 1.2 million acres of federal land in the Wyoming Range from oil, gas, or mineral leasing.

Virginia Ridge and Valley Wilderness and National Scenic Area: Grantee Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition led the campaign to protect 55,000 acres in the Jefferson National Forest as wilderness, wilderness study or national scenic areas.

Monongahela Wilderness: Several grants to the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition supported this successful effort to designate 37,000 acres of wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest.

Nahanni National Park Reserve, Canada: Grantee Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society succeeded in its campaign to expand the boundaries of Canada’s Nahanni National Park Reserve by a stunning seven million acres.

Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness & Indian Peaks Wilderness Expansion: Colorado Environmental Coalition drove the campaign to protect 250,000 acres of the Rocky Mountain National Park as Wilderness.

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area: Grantees Western Colorado Congress and Colorado Environmental Coalition led the effort to create the 200,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante Canyons National Conservation Area, which includes more than 66,000 acres designated as Wilderness.

Savage Rapids Dam Removal, Rogue River: Grantee WaterWatch led the effort to remove the Savage Rapids Dam on Oregon’s Rogue River. The Rogue now flows free for 143 miles to the Pacific Ocean.

Upper West Bolton Cliff Acquisition: The Conservation Alliance was the single largest contributor to CRAG-Vermont’s successful campaign to purchase Upper West Bolton Cliff, a popular climbing crag near Burlington, Vermont.

Metolius River Basin: The Conservation Alliance was the leading supporter of Central Oregon LandWatch’s successful effort to designate the 500,000-acre Metolius River Basin an Area of Critical Statewide Concern.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Inholdings: Cascade Land Conservancy used our funding to succeed in its effort to protect 480 acres of private land within the boundaries of the Wild Sky Wilderness in Washington.

Wolf Creek Pass Protections: We funded Colorado Wild’s effort to protect the Wolf Creek Pass area from a massive resort development in southwestern Colorado.

Klamath Dam Removal Agreement: Two grants to California Trout helped the group participate in a stakeholder process that reached an agreement to protect salmon populations by removing dams on the Klamath River in Northern California.