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New Alliance Grants Back Conservation Projects

October 3, 1996
CONTACT: Alison Child (801) 649-8226

(SEATTLE) -- The Conservation Alliance announced today six new grants totaling $210,720 to support grassroots conservation groups and their efforts to protect public recreational lands and waters.

The Conservation Alliance, a 56-member coalition of outdoor industry businesses working to fund conservation causes, awarded a $50,000 grant to the Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee; $33,970 to the Audubon/Rowe Sanctuary; $32,250 to Friends of the River and Protect American River Canyons; $24,500 to the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance; and $35,000 grants to Trustees for Alaska and to The Access Fund. The Alliance grants are made from annual dues paid by member companies.

The latest round of Conservation Alliance grants support the following projects and campaigns:

Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee -- Supports the organizationís immediate efforts to mobilize public support and lobby Congress to secure permanent protection for Northern Californiaís Headwaters Forest, the largest unprotected ancient redwood forest remaining on earth.

Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary, National Audubon Society -- Funds the formation of ìVoices for the Platte,î a coalition of people interested in protecting the environmental and recreational values of the Platte River system. Voices for the Platte will then seek long-term legislative protection of the river, and launch a three-state public campaign (Neb., Colo., Wyo.) to encourage its protection.

Friends of the River and Protect American River Canyons -- Enables the organizations to build public and legislative opposition to Californiaís Auburn Dam, and supports their efforts to secure long term protection for the North and Middle forks of the American River. The American River watershed, which includes 48 miles of river canyon and 35,000 acres of public recreation lands, faces proposed legislation for a flood control dam on the river.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance -- Allows the group to support recreational users in launching a ìblock watchî program for Washingtonís Puget Sound. The project includes recreational user stewardship, including public education and training to help detect sources of pollution in Puget Sound.

Trustees for Alaska -- Backs efforts to organize citizen participation to protect the Gulf of Alaska/Lower Cook Inlet marine region which faces pressure from offshore development, and to raise national awareness of the area. The organizationís goal is to prevent irreversible damage to the recreational opportunities and marine environments of the Gulf of Alaska and Cook Inlet.

The Access Fund -- Funds the purchase of an essential easement along Tennesseeís Fiery Gizzard Trail to allow climbers access to the Foster Falls climbing area, and to complete trail improvements for key sections of the trail. The purchase will insure that area climbing and public access is permanently protected.

The Conservation Alliance was founded to fund grassroots conservation organizations and their efforts to protect rivers, trails, and wild lands for muscle-powered outdoor recreation. The Conservation Alliance has awarded almost $2 million in grants since its formation in 1989.

More information on The Conservation Alliance is available by writing the organization at P.O. Box 3313, Park City, UT 84060, or calling (801) 649-8226.


Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee c/o Trees Foundation P.O. Box 2202 Redway, Calif. 95560 CONTACT: Kate Crockett, Development Coordinator (@ Trees Foundation) (707) 923-4377 The goal of the Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee is to achieve permanent protection for Headwaters Forest, the last uncut, unprotected ancient redwood forest on Earth. This campaign is conducted by a coalition of environmental organizations working together informally since 1993 to develop and carry out strategies to protect Headwaters.

Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary, National Audubon Society 44450 Elm Island Rd. Gibbon, Neb. 68840 CONTACT: Paul Tebbel, Manager (308) 468-5282 The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earthís biological diversity. Created in 1974, Rowe Sanctuary focuses on the long term protection of 1,600 acres of Platte River native wildlife habitat and on public outreach to encourage understanding and participation in Platt River issues.

Friends of River and Protect American River Canyons 128 J Street, 2nd Floor Sacramento, Calif. 95814 CONTACT: Betsy Reisnider, Executive Director, (916) 442-3155 The purpose of Friends of the River is to provide key leadership and significant funding to the American River Coalition which includes 33 local, state and national organizations dedicated to the preservation of the North and Middle forks of the American River. Friends of the River works statewide to preserve, protect and restore all of California's rivers. Protect American River Canyons is an educational organization working to protect the American River watershed.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance 1415 West Dravus Seattle, Wash. 98119 CONTACT: Roberta M. Gunn, Executive Director, (206) 286-1309 The organizationís mission is to serve as stewards for the protection and enhancement of Puget Sound through education, advocacy, monitoring and celebration.

Trustees for Alaska 725 Christensen Dr., Ste. 4 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 CONTACT: Ann Rothe, Executive Director, (907) 276-4244 The organization provides legal counsel and advocacy to sustain and protect Alaskaís natural environment.

The Access Fund P.O. Box 17010 Boulder, Colo. 80308 CONTACT: Susy L. Gadd, Development Director (303) 545-6772 This national organization is dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. The Access Fund encourages an ethic of personal responsibility, self-regulation, strong conservation values, and minimum impact practices among climbers.

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