The Conservation Alliance* sent grants totaling $950,000 to organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. Grantees have collectively worked to protect 53 million acres and 125 river miles, and acquire one climbing area.

“We reached our grant-making goal for 2020 by retaining and attracting new member companies,” said Brady Robinson, Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance. “We are hopeful this cash infusion, coupled with our advocacy efforts, will help move some of these important conservation projects across the finish line by the end of the year.”

Projects funded in this grant cycle include:

Organization  Project Name Grant  
Access Fund Thumb Open Space $30,000 
Appalachian Mountain Club Campaign to Preserve Maine’s Intact Forest:  Protecting the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest $45,000 
Audubon Alaska Protect the Arctic Refuge Campaign $50,000 
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Uplands Capital Campaign  $45,000 
CPAWS Manitoba  Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative  $45,000 
CPAWS Yukon More than just Gold: Protecting the Dawson Region $25,000 
Friends of Cedar Mesa A Pivotal Year for Bears Ears $30,000 
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Military Expansion Defense Campaign for Desert Refuge / Churchill County $20,000 
Frontera Land Alliance Lost Dog Conservation Easement  $10,000 
Grand Canyon Trust Permanently Protecting the Grand Canyon and Surrounding Public Lands from Uranium Mining $45,000 
Greater Yellowstone Coalition Yellowstone Gateway Land Acquisitions – Permanently Protecting the Border of Yellowstone National Park $50,000 
Green Mountain Conservancy Deer Run Nature Preserve Phase 2 $35,000 
Idaho Conservation League Protecting the High Divide $10,000 
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands  Expand the Wild Rogue $40,000 
Methow Valley Citizens Council Great Northwest Forest Campaign $45,000 
Montana Wilderness Association Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project $45,000 
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Greater Chaco Protection Campaign $45,000 
Ohio Environmental Council Black Diamond Backcountry Campaign  $40,000 
Oregon Desert Land Trust Connecting Central Oregon’s Backcountry $45,000 
Oregon Natural Desert Association Protecting Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands $50,000 
Park County Environmental Council Protecting the Wild and Working Landscapes of Montana’s Crazy Mountains $40,000 
San Juan Citizens Alliance San Juan Mountains Wilderness  $40,000 
Trout Unlimited  Sportsmen for the Ruby Mountains Project $40,000 
Whatcom Land Trust Skookum II Conservation Corridor $45,000 
Wilderness Workshop  Achieving Permanent Protection for the Thompson Divide $35,000 


*The Conservation Alliance works with 250 member companies to identify conservation projects that seek to protect wildlife habitat and access to recreation. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund, and funding is disbursed twice annually to the grassroots groups working to secure these protections. 

For an overview of each grant funded, go here.