David Bobzien via Crowdrise
November 21, 2013
BENEFITING: Conservation Lands Foundation
ORGANIZER: Conservation Lands Foundation
The National Conservation Lands comprise 28 million acres of the most ecologically rich and culturally significant of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. They are found throughout the West, Alaska and even extend to the East Coast. They are our nation’s newest collection of protected public lands—standing in stature with our National Parks, National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges.
Composed of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails and more, these places reflect our understanding that truly conserving natural and cultural resources means protecting large areas—entire ecosystems and archaeological communities.
The National Conservation Lands are lands of adventure open to all: from world-class rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon, to star gazing and camping on the Black Rock Desert, to hiking the rugged coastline of California’s Lost Coast in the King Range National Conservation Area- these are lands of incredible opportunity.
The lands, rivers and trails within the National Conservation Lands have been designated for protection, but they are also incredibly vulnerable. They face abuse from reckless oil and gas drilling and irresponsible off-road vehicle use. They are subject to looting, senseless vandalism and more.
By making more people aware of these special places—as stunning as any National Park and as ecologically important as any National Wildlife Refuge—we can assure their long-term protection. Team Conservation Lands Foundation is running a marathon this fall to build awareness and raise needed funds for these places.
The newest member of the National Conservation Lands is the San Juan Islands National Monument, a short drive and ferry ride away from the site of the marathon we're running on December 1st: the Seattle Marathon.
The protection, expansion and restoration of these places is the mission of the Conservation Lands Foundation. Will you join us in supporting these lands with a gift in honor our run?