The Conservation Alliance Contributes $820,000 in Grants to 23 Organizations

Disbursal Brings 2016 Total to $1.61 Million

Bend, Ore., October 5, 2016 – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $820,000 to 23 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations mark The Conservation Alliance’s final funding disbursal for 2016. 

The Conservation Alliance has more than 200 member companies who care passionately about protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values. By a vote of these members, The Conservation Alliance made donations to 23 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:




Adirondack Mountain Club

Forever Wild Follensby Campaign


American Rivers

North Cascades Nooksack Wild and Scenic River Campaign


Alaska Wilderness League

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign


American Whitewater

Wild Olympics Campaign


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Bald Mountain Pond A.T. Landscape Protection Campaign


Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-Quebec

Magpie River Campaign


Columbia Land Trust

Klickitat Canyon Forest Conservation Project


Conservation Colorado

Continental Divide Campaign


Conservation Lands Foundation

National Monuments Campaign


Conservation Resource Alliance

Free Flowing Maple River Campaign


Friends of Cedar Mesa

Bears Ears National Monument Campaign


Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness

Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Campaign


Land Trust for Tennessee

Denny Cove Acquisition Project


Montana Wilderness Association

Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project


Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters


Oregon Natural Desert Association

John Day Wilderness Campaign


Oregon Natural Desert Association

Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign


Pacific Crest Trail Association

Trinity Divide Conservation Project


Sierra Club-Santa Lucia Chapter

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Campaign


Soda Mountain Wilderness Council

Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Campaign


Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Colorado Plateau Master Leasing Plan Campaign


The Ocean Foundation

Loreto Park Project


Washington Wild

North Cascades Puget Sound Headwaters Initiative


Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Alberta's Bighorn Wildland Campaign


                                                                                                        TOTAL:  $820,000

*Discretionary Grant: The Conservation Alliance board has the authority to make discretionary grants not to exceed $10,000 to projects with an urgent and time-sensitive need.

This disbursal is the largest in the organization’s history, and brings the year’s contributions to an all-time high $1.61 million. The Conservation Alliance granted $790,000 during its Winter 2016 funding cycle in March.

“Our member companies understand that it is important to protect the places where their customers recreate,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “This list of grants supports a variety of land and water conservation opportunities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”

Four of the grants (marked above with an asterisk), were quick-response grants made at the discretion of The Conservation Alliance board to provide immediate support to campaigns to secure new national monument designations from the Obama Administration. The Conservation Alliance board has the authority to make small grants – not to exceed $10,000 – to meet urgent needs.

Each project funded during this grant cycle was first nominated for funding by a Conservation Alliance member company. Conservation Alliance member companies also play a key role in determining which organizations receive funding. 

“Our program gives our members the ability to contribute real dollars to protecting wild places in their backyards” said Sterling. “We look forward to tracking these projects, and to growing our grant fund in 2017.” 

For a complete overview of each grant, visit or download the Summer 2016 Grant Announcement: 


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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 $17 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,972 miles of rivers; stop or remove 28 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 11 climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see