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Thank you for your help in making the grant decisions for this round of The Conservation Alliance 



Following are the summaries and project budgets for each proposal on the Summer 2015 Ballot.   

Please complete your online ballot by Wednesday, September 9, 2015.  If you have any questions, 

please don’t hesitate to contact John, Serena or Josie at 541‐389‐2424.     If you would like to learn more about the projects on the ballot, please join us for our Education  Webinar, Wednesday, August 19th, 10am PST.      Click here to register:   http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC50DE8481473C 

1. Adirondack Council 

2. Alaska Wilderness League 

3. American Rivers 

4. California Wilderness Coalition 

5. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society ‐ NWT 

6. Conservation Colorado 

7. Conservation Lands Foundation 

8. Friends of Cedar Mesa 

9. Grand Canyon Trust 

10. Grand Canyon Wildlands Council 

11. Greater Yellowstone Coalition 

12. KS Wild 

13. Northeastern Minnesotons for Wilderness 

14. Oregon Natural Desert Association 

15. Raincoast Conservation Foundation 

16. The Ocean Foundation 

17. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership 

18. The Thompson Divide Coalition 

19. Truckee Donner Land Trust 

20. Trust for Public Land 

21. West Virginia Rivers Coalition 

22. Wild South 

23. Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative  Conservation Alliance Spring 2015 Funding Cycle



Date: June 1, 2015 Name of Organization: Adirondack Council Address: P.O. Box D-2; 103 Hand Avenue, #3, Elizabethtown, NY 12932 (Main office) 342 Hamilton Street, Albany, NY 12210 (Communications and Legislative office) Phone: 518-873-2240 (Elizabethtown); 518-432-1770 (Albany) Contact Person: Diane Fish, Director of Fund Development/Deputy Director (Main office) Contact Email Address: dfish@adirondackcouncil.org Website Address: www.AdirondackCouncil.org Project/Campaign Name: Adirondack Wilderness and Eco-Tourism Campaign Project Location: Central region of the six-million-acre Adirondack Parkin northeastern New York State.

Staff Size: 11 Total Membership: 6,500 dues-paying households; 9,500 total mailing list; 10,000 e-mail addresses, 10,000 social media followers/fans.

Annual Operating Budget (for entire organization): $1.7 million Amount Requested from Alliance: $50,000 Tax Status: 501 (c) 3 Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: The mission of the Adirondack Council is to ensure the ecological integrity (clean water and air, extensive habitat, etc.) and wild character (solitude, scenic beauty, etc.) of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Park is a patchwork of public and private lands, creating unique challenges and opportunities to create effective models for large-landscape conservation. We envision the Park with large core wilderness areas, clean water and air, surrounded by working farms and forests, and augmented by vibrant communities.

One sentence on what Final Success looks like: New York State will complete the historic 65,000-acre land acquisition agreement launched in 2007, purchasing the final 22,000-acre Boreas Ponds parcel for the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve, and classifying 34,800 acres of new public lands and waters as Wilderness to protect habitat and provide for a range of motor-free recreation opportunities.

Please provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) summary of your proposal that includes the overall goal of the project and a brief explanation of how you would use Conservation Alliance funding. In the summer of 2012, New York State announced that it would purchase 65,000 acres of former Finch-Pruyn (Finch) paper company lands (being held by the Nature Conservancy). Since then, New York State has purchased 1) the Essex Chain of Lakes/Hudson River (18,000 acres), OK Slip Falls (3,015 acres) and the Indian River tract (977 acres); 2) the Thousand Acre Swamp, Benson Road, and other non-contiguous tracts (8,500 acres); and 3) the MacIntyre tracts (11,600 acres). In a related transaction the state traded parcels to acquire the 1,200-acre Casey Brook 1 tract. Successful advocacy for the first management designation resulted in 34,000 acres of motor free protection for the Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson Gorge.

A successful outcome of the Wilderness and Eco-Tourism campaign will be the Governor’s classification of the MacIntyre, Casey Brook, and Boreas Ponds tracts as Wilderness, with a commitment to managing these lands as motor free and promoting eco-tourism so that gateway communities realize economic benefits from this new wilderness.

These forests, lakes and streams contain a wide range of habitats for fish and wildlife, as well as rare and endangered plant species. And, they will provide new opportunities for activities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Especially exciting will be the new southern access to the High Peaks region. The approaches from the north and east are heavily traveled by people climbing Mt. Marcy, New York’s highest peak, and many of the other 46 peaks over 4,000 feet (the “High Peaks.) New access from the south and west will take some of the pressure off of the trails that start near the towns of Keene and Lake Placid and provide new tourism opportunities for communities to the south.

Conservation Alliance funding will be used for advocacy and outreach actions that will result in the purchase of Boreas Ponds and a state decision to create motor-free wilderness areas for the Boreas Ponds, McIntyre, and Casey Brook tracts in the Adirondacks. The decision will be a political one, and public opinion will play a key role in this historic decision. Funding will be used to steer public opinion and engage citizens in favor of Wilderness.

Complete acquisition.

 Advocate for state acquisition of Boreas Ponds tract by March 2016, including removal of infrastructure non-conforming to a wilderness classification prior to property transfer.

Develop the legal, scientific, economic, and political case for wilderness.

 With Clarkson University, complete an independent study and create a report that highlights the economic value of wilderness and wild lands and their (anticipated) positive financial impacts on local communities, including private property values.

 Produce maps with natural resource and recreation opportunity data, documenting both an ideal vision and a compromise position for classification of the remaining additions to the Forest Preserve.

Develop media support, raise public awareness, and intensify citizen engagement.

 Continue to build the wilderness constituency through summer street canvasing, social media activities, continued coalition building, advertising, and grassroots advocacy campaigns.

 Secure editorial support for wilderness and eco-tourism through outreach including flights over the High Peaks region, and a select distribution of 2014 statewide polling results showing support for Wilderness.

 Write op-ed pieces for regional and state papers on an on-going basis presenting the justification for wilderness.

 Build coalitions in support of Adirondack wilderness through a caucus of New York State legislators, nontraditional non-profit allies, and statewide conservation organizations.

What are 3-5 measureable on-the-ground outcomes (NOT activities) that you hope to accomplish over the next year?

1. New York State will complete the acquisition of the former Finch/TNC lands, adding the Boreas Ponds tract to the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

2. Citizen activists will participate in the public process, generating 1,000 letters or more to the Governor and state agencies calling for expanded wilderness in the Adirondack Park.

3. The Governor will be messaging to local government and state representatives that he wants the MacIntyre, Boreas Ponds and Casey Brook tracts to be classified as motor free wilderness.

4. The state will announce a consolidated classification package that will address management and use of all former Finch/TNC parcels in one public stakeholder process.

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John Sheehan, Communications Director (15%) $12,000 Editorial tours, press outreach, media campaigns William Janeway, Executive Director (10%) $16,000 Strategy, negotiation, supervision Tyler Frakes, Membership/Activist Coordinator (10%) $4,000 Member/activist outreach and communication design

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Date: June 1, 2015 Name of Group: Alaska Wilderness League Address: 122 C Street NW Suite 240, Washington DC 20001 Phone: 202-544-5205 Contact Person: Lexi Keogh Contact Email Address: Lexi@alaskawild.org Website Address: www.Alaskawild.org Staff Size: 22 Total Membership: 100,000 Annual Operating Budget (for entire organization): $ 3.44 Million Amount Requested from Alliance: $50,000.00 Tax Status: C3 Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Alaska Wilderness League leads the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska

One sentence on what Final Success looks like:

President Obama designates the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a National Monument (post the November 2016 election prior to leaving office).

Please provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) summary of your proposal that includes the overall goal of the project and a brief explanation of how you would use Conservation Alliance funding. Conservation Alliance as both a funder and partner was instrumental in executing the first phase of the Monument strategy – finalizing the CCP and the Presidential Wilderness transmittal to Congress.

As partners and with your support, together we will execute the next two phases of the


Phase II - All national field, media and Hill campaign strategies focused on Congressional Wilderness bills. Visibility of Refuge legislation elevated due to President’s wilderness recommendation. Recommendation used to change the dynamic and expectations of Congress. Congressional progress or lack thereof sets stage for Phase III.

Phase III - Shift message to Congress’ failure to act despite President’s recommendation. All related activities focused on this message. Post-2016 election: President acts where Congress failed to and declares the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge a national monument.

What are 3-5 measureable on-the-ground outcomes (NOT activities) that you hope to accomplish over the next year?

1. Arctic Refuge Monument declaration November 2016 – January 2017.

2. A record setting number of co-sponsors on Arctic Refuge Wilderness bills in both the House (132) of Representatives and Senate (35).

3. 500,000 actions in support of protecting the Arctic Refuge by diverse constituencies are delivered to the White House by November 2016.

4. Between now and the end of 2016, the Arctic Refuge Coalition to have delivered at least 1,500,000 documented messages of support to the White House for the strongest possible protection for the Refuge.

Alaska Wilderness League  2015 Organizational  and Arctic Refuge Program Budget

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Date: May 29, 2015 Name of Organization: American Rivers Address: 180 Nickerson, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98109 Phone: (206) 213-0330 Contact Person: Wendy McDermott Contact E-mail Address: wmcdermott@americanrivers.org Website Address: www.americanrivers.org Project / Campaign Name: Wild Rivers of the North Cascades Campaign Project Location: Northwest Washington Staff Size: 83 Total Membership: 31,869 Annual Operating Budget (for entire organization): $14.3 million Amount Requested from Alliance: $50,000 Tax Status: 501(c)(3) Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Founded in 1973, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Our Northwest Office seeks to preserve the region’s most valuable rivers through a variety of methods, including federal legislation, stakeholder engagement, community outreach, and sophisticated communications campaigns. By protecting the Northwest’s remaining wild, free-flowing waterways, we are helping conserve fish and wildlife, improve recreation opportunities, and boost quality of life.

One Sentence on what Final Success looks like: Permanent protection of 110 river miles and over 35,000 acres of riverside lands of Northwest Washington’s upper Nooksack River system, which provides important habitat to threatened fish and wildlife species and boasts world-class recreation.

Provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) summary of your proposal that includes the overall goal of the project and a brief explanation of how you would use Conservation Alliance funding.

American Rivers respectfully requests a $50,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance to achieve our Nooksack Wild and Scenic Campaign objectives. The campaign aims to permanently protect roughly 110 river miles and over 35,000 acres of adjacent riverside lands in the upper Nooksack River basin and to coordinate implementation of key elements of the Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan that will demonstrate the connection between improved recreation, sustainable economic development, and river conservation. We are thankful for The Conservation Alliance’s past support which not only supported the creation of the Nooksack recreation plan, but also assisted us in securing new Wild and Scenic River designations for Illabot Creek and the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers (“Alpine Lakes”) in December 2014. This victory amounted to roughly 52 river miles, which increased Washington state’s total number of river miles protected as Wild and Scenic by 25 percent.

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