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CONSERVATION LANDS FOUNDATION

Durango, CO   |  www.conservationlands.org

Mission

To protect, restore, and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Brian Sybert

Main address

835 E 2nd Ave Ste 314

Durango, CO 81301 USA

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EIN

20-8924520

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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For more than 13 years, the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) has been dedicated to our mission to protect, restore, and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships. Our work to secure the protection of large landscapes across the West and in Alaska relies on authentic and effective community-based engagement and advocacy, and our key goal is to build an enduring grassroots movement that will protect and steward the National Conservation Lands over the long-haul. As the administration accelerates its attempts to open up our National Conservation Lands to oil and gas drilling and enact poor management decisions that put our nation’s natural and cultural resources at risk, CLF remains well-positioned to direct strategic resources and on-the-ground support to overcome the challenges ahead and set the foundation for large landscape conservation gains into the future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protect, Expand & Restore

The Conservation Lands Foundation was founded in 2007 on the belief that our public lands are best protected when there is a national network of local advocates working to advance a common conservation vision. As the only non-profit in the country dedicated solely to safeguarding the National Conservation Lands, our mission is to protect, restore and expand these lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. Here are some of the ways we do this. - Build and invest in local organizations, referred to collectively as the Friends Grassroots Network, to be good stewards of and strong advocates for these places. - Advocate for good public lands policy that make habitat conservation a prime objective of the Bureau of Land Management for decades to come. - Inventory and prioritize restoration needs on the National Conservation Lands and form new partnerships to restore wildlife habitat, improve trails and protect cultural sites. - Inform and inspire the public to be aware of these national treasures and act to safeguard them.

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Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Protect, Expand & Restore

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Conservation Lands Foundation provides grants to our Friends Grassroots Network partners to build and support strong organizations guided by effective leaders.

Total number of grants awarded

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Protect, Expand & Restore

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With funding from Conservation Lands Foundation, Network groups are better equipped to protect, expand and restore the National Conservation Lands.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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Totals By Year
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Protect, Expand & Restore

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Local advocates lead the effort to protect, restore & expand National Conservation Lands. Conservation Lands Foundation builds & strengthens these community-based, Friends Grassroots Network, groups.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The National Conservation Lands currently encompass over 36 million acres of public land, more than 2,400 river miles, and approximately 6,000 miles of trails throughout the West. The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) works to ensure our National Conservation Lands’ natural, cultural, and historic values are protected; that they include all lands worthy of protection; and there is a strong, diverse grassroots movement that supports the protection and stewardship of these landscapes. Building authentic and effective community-based action is key to the protection and expansion of the National Conservation Lands. CLF’s focused efforts to build the capacity, strength, and diversity of our Friends Grassroots Network and other partners, and activate advocacy at the local and national level translates to effective defense, protection and stewardship of millions of acres of public lands for future generations. Safeguarding America's National Conservation Lands for the future means defending strong policies and upholding the bedrock environmental laws behind them today. Keeping millions of acres of large landscapes intact and in their natural state is also critical for climate resiliency, habitat connectivity, and survival of plant and animal species. In addition to our defensive work and ongoing litigation to uphold the original designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, we are building an enduring grassroots conservation movement for National Conservation Lands. We also continue to advocate for strong public lands policies that make habitat conservation a prime objective, and we continue to inventory and prioritize restoration needs on the National Conservation Lands and form new partnerships to restore wildlife habitat, improve trails and protect cultural sites. Our specific goals over the next year include: - Building capacity, skills and strength of our Friends Grassroots Network through our Grassroots Advancement Program; continuing our work to build an action-oriented grassroots constituency that is diverse, resilient, and financially sustainable. - Increasing the number of Friends Grassroots Network groups and other affiliated diverse constituency groups actively defending conservation gains, and advocating for strong management of the National Conservation Lands and protection of the Antiquities Act. - Initiating near- and long-term proactive campaigns to realize the large-scale protection of millions of acres of the most ecologically and culturally significant public lands through potential legislative and administrative means, led by the Friends Grassroots Network.

Conservation starts with community, and history has shown that places are best protected when there is a passionate group of local citizen advocates to lead the effort. Since our founding in 2007, Conservation Lands Foundation has steadily built the Friends Grassroots Network – now over 80 groups across the West – to marshal their collective influence to advocate for the expansion of the National Conservation Lands, uphold and defend strong conservation management policies, safeguard the Antiquities Act, and steward our public lands for the well-being of present and future generations. Our investments are built on three key strategies to ensure the protection of large landscapes,: 1) Grow grassroots advocacy and engage diverse constituencies; 2) Defend and expand the National Conservation Lands; and 3) Uphold and advance enduring conservation policies. At the heart of our model of impact and success is our Friends Grassroots Network, the on-the-ground voice for America's National Conservation Lands. Individually, each group advocates for their local lands, and together they are a unified and powerful voice for National Conservation Lands across America. The Conservation Lands Foundation will continue to build and strengthen these groups by: - Empowering Local Leaders: Our Grassroots Advancement Program gives local leaders the skills, capacity-building resources, and training and mentoring opportunities they need to run effective organizations and conservation campaigns. - Activating Advocacy: Our Field Team works hand in hand with our Friends Grassroots Network to elevate our collective voices and skills through legal training and support, government relations focused on connecting and building relationships between local leaders and elected officials, and on-the-ground community organizing. - Inspiring Engagement: People cannot protect what they don’t know, so we have launched a comprehensive communications campaign to raise public awareness of our national monuments, the threats they face, and what we stand to lose if protections are rolled back.

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) has a focused mission, an active and experienced Board of Trustees, a dedicated and talented staff, and a growing public awareness of the special character and attributes of the National Conservation Lands. CLF has the experience, resources, and relationships required to successfully build and support the growing Network and partners working towards the protection of the National Conservation Lands. While the core goals of our work – ensuring that the most ecologically and culturally significant lands are protected and have a diverse, effective, resilient and financially sustainable constituency dedicated to their protection – will not change, our activities will be targeted as never before on developing the Network's capabilities to withstand the road ahead and set the stage for more proactive campaigns in the future. We will also continue to inspire citizen engagement and participation and empower the public to speak out and take action to defend our public lands. Taken together, CLF's grassroots to grasstops strategy for building effective, broadly supported place-based campaigns and a strategic and nimble approach to defeating attacks on the National Conservation Lands, we will defend the conservation accomplishments of the last 20 years for the National Conservation Lands and advance protections for the future.

The Conservation Lands Foundation’s success will be measured by our progress towards achieving the following outcomes: - A diverse, organized, and influential constituency advocates for the protection and expansion of the National Conservation Lands. Eighty percent of the Network is actively engaged in CLF’s defensive campaigns. Fifty percent of Friends Grassroots Network groups take part in the Grassroots Advancement Program. - Friends Grassroots Network groups stewarding national monuments under attack have the resources needed to effectively counter and build public support at both the local and national level. - Strong local partnerships are created in areas that intersect with CLF’s defensive, policy, and/or expansion goals. Partnerships include Native American tribes, Hispanic/Latino, and African-American organizations, veterans, youth, and sportsmen/women. - Presidential powers to expand the National Conservation Lands under the Antiquities Act are safeguarded. - National Conservation Lands are not diminished in size and retain their designations. One million acres are protected as part of the National Conservation Lands. - Current and potential future units of the National Conservation Lands that are under direct attack are broadly supported as demonstrated by partner involvement, supportive media coverage, public and decision-maker support. - The National Conservation Lands are defended from actions that would weaken conservation policy or set a negative precedent for future management decisions. - The American public displays resounding support for the National Conservation Lands and demands that the Bureau of Land Management lands are managed for the well-being of present and future generations.

In the face of enormous challenges,the Conservation Lands Foundation was able to achieve significant impact over the past year, including: a) Elevated support and resources to grow a stronger grassroots conservation movement. Through webinars, coaching and mentoring, consulting support, and in-person training and other regional gatherings, CLF provided more than 450 capacity-building touchpoints for Friends Grassroots Network and partner groups in 2019. b) Hosted a successful 10th Friends Rendezvous in Fall of 2019, attended by more than 160 participants – half of whom were first-time attendees – from 50 Network and partner groups. c) Mobilized the Friends Grassroots Network to obtain the submission of more than 500,000 public comments defending the future of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments during the comment period for the reduced “mini-monuments.” d) Helped to guide and support grassroots-grounded efforts to secure additional protections throughout the West. Partly as a result of CLF’s longtime engagement, one million acres were added to the National Conservation Lands in California, New Mexico, and Utah through passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation Act, and proposed protection of more than 1.1 million acres of wild public lands and rivers in southeast Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands, in addition to land and water protection bills in California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. e) Engaged in more than a dozen landscape-level plans impacting over 20 million acres, and have actively submitted or organized comments to more than 25 plans in just the past six months. f) Successfully advocated for a 12.5% increase in funding for the National Conservation Lands in the final FY20 Congressional appropriations bill. g) Improved and streamlined our communications approach and platform in order to mobilize action both within the Network and the public. As a result, more than 2,000 comments were submitted to oppose the attempt to site a highway corridor through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, and CLF launched an individual petition campaign to protest the Interior Department’s removal of protective status for LGBTQ employees in its Ethics Manual.

Financials

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CONSERVATION LANDS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/27/2020
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Board chair

Edward Norton

TPG Capital

Dayton Duncan

Alex Laskey

Opower (2007-2017)

Greg Moore

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Edward Norton

Anne Shields

Department of the Interior (retired)

Jennifer Speers

The Nature Conservancy, Utah Chapter

Douglas Wheeler

Hogan Lovells LLP

Hansjörg Wyss

The Wyss and HJW Foundations

Kai Anderson

Cassidy & Associates

Chiqui Cartagena

The Conference Board

Mark Headley

Selberg Institute

Chris Killingsworth

The Wyss Foundation

Peter Metcalf

Black Diamond, Inc

Angelo Baca

Utah Dine Bikeyah

Tommy Beaudreau

Latham & Watkins

Swep Davis

Hilary Dessouky

Patagonia

Marcus Jimenez

Breefly, Inc.

James Kenna

Bureau of Land Management (retired)

Heath Nero

The Wyss Foundation

Roderick Morris

Lovevery

Hilary Tompkins

Hogan Lovells LLP

Kevin Washburn

University of Iowa College of Law

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

conservation, national conservation lands, environmental protection