Western Conservation Foundation

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
    $2,000,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    3/22/2010
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Overview
The Western Conservation Foundation (WCF) works to reach and engage the diverse mix of stakeholders necessary to ensure that western conservation values are reflected in public policy. In particular, WCF focuses on outreach and organizing of ranchers, farmers, hunters, anglers, faith-based organizations, and local businesses in areas where these voices are particularly important to progress on western land, water, or energy issues. The organization stays in close communication with policymakers and is uniquely positioned to connect conservation policy opportunities to constituencies not typically reached by traditional environmental organizations. This renewal grant will focus on the following activities: 1) fossil fuel impacts; 2) climate change solutions; 3) protecting wilderness; 4) mining reform; 5) transmission; and 6) conservation funding. This grant is part of the Foundation's strategy to build a broad and lasting base of support for conservation issues in the West as a key for protecting the ecological integrity of the region over the long-term. (Note: Tom Steinbach joined the WCF Board in 2008 to help align the organization's priorities with the goal of building a lasting and broad base of support for western conservation. Due to Tom's involvement on the Board, Michael Scott reviewed the full proposal and docket write-up.)
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.wcfnd.org 
Address
1675 Larimer Street, Suite 420, Denver, CO, 80202, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Western Conservation Foundation supports the efforts of diverse leaders and organizations to advocate for and advance federal and state conservation policies in the West, such as those addressing energy development and conserving wildlife connectivity and key landscapes, for the benefit of nature and communities. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for the emerging leaders project  
Because Colorado is considered the regional center for the intermountain West, decision makers in Washington, particularly in the Department of the Interior, pay close attention to how state officials react to fossil energy development decisions on public lands. In New Mexico, a new senator with a background in conservation promises to be supportive of agency decisions to limit fossil energy development and provide added protections for public land. This grant would focus on building decision-maker leadership for public lands conservation in Colorado and New Mexico through communications, outreach, and education aimed at a broad constituency.
for general operating support  
This renewal grant would enable the Western Conservation Foundation to continue its work to engage diverse stakeholders in support of public land and water protection. It would also fund the Foundation’s efforts to promote sustainable energy policies.

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