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Winter 2024 Ballot 

Welcome to conservation in action! As an employee of a Conservation Alliance member, you have the unique opportunity to help us choose which conservation projects will receive funding for this season’s grant-giving cycle. In each cycle, TCA funds approximately 13-18 projects, based on available funds and your votes.

Your vote here drives change out there. So go ahead—help protect the wild places and communities you love by selecting your top 10 projects from the full list of 25 options below. Click the heart icon next to any project you want to choose and once you are done, click Submit Ballot. If you would like to see additional information about any project, please contact us at kim@conservationalliance.com. Employee votes will be aggregated into one ballot per company and final decisions will be announced in March 2024.


Submit your ballot by March 6

Inland NW Land Conservancy
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Idaho

Blossom Mountain Conservation Easement

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

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Blossom Mountain Conservation Easement

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Location

Idaho

Prior Funding

$50,000 since 2023

Project

Permanent protection through a 722-acre conservation easement on and around Blossom Mountain, safeguarding the sole public access to an extra 4,000 acres designated for the Idaho Forest Legacy Program.

Goal

722 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Los Padres ForestWatch
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California

Tecuya Mountain Land Acquisition

Los Padres ForestWatch

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Tecuya Mountain Land Acquisition

Los Padres ForestWatch

Location

California

Prior Funding

$125,000 since 2010

Project

Permanent protection for 68 acres along Tecuya Ridge in the San Emigdio Mountains from logging and development and drafting the management plan and initial biological and cultural resource surveys of the property.

Goal

68 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Conservation Lands Foundation
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New Mexico

Caja Del Rio Protection Campaign

Conservation Lands Foundation

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Caja Del Rio Protection Campaign

Conservation Lands Foundation

Location

New Mexico

Prior Funding

$442,000 since 2013

Project

The Caja del Rio’s roughly 106,000-acre landscape of valuable cultural, ecological, and recreational resources is permanently protected through an Antiquities Act proclamation or federal legislation.

Goal

106,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$45,000

Ohio Environmental Council
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Ohio

Darby Creek Campaign

Ohio Environmental Council

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Darby Creek Campaign

Ohio Environmental Council

Location

Ohio

Prior Funding

$80,000 since 2018

Project

Protect 89.5 miles of waterways within the next two years through designation of the Big and Little Darby Creeks as “Outstanding National Resource Waters” by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Goal

89.5 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Washington Wild
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Washington

Washington TLT State Forest Land Protection Campaign

Washington Wild

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Washington TLT State Forest Land Protection Campaign

Washington Wild

Location

Washington

Prior Funding

$245,000 since 2009

Project

Protect 3,000-5,000 acres of forests, rivers, wildlife habitat, lakes and streams on Washington State Department of Natural Resources lands through the Trust Land Transfer Program to be managed for conservation and recreation values rather than logging.

Goal

5,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$40,000

Trout Unlimited
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New Mexico

Protecting the Pecos River Watershed and New Mexico Communities

Trout Unlimited, Inc.

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Protecting the Pecos River Watershed and New Mexico Communities

Trout Unlimited, Inc.

Location

New Mexico

Prior Funding

$215,000 since 1994

Project

Protection for the headwaters of 166,000 acres near New Mexico’s Pecos River through an administrative mineral withdraw of public lands administered by the Santa Fe National Forest, ensuring future generations have access to clean water, wilderness quality lands, and recreational opportunities.

Goal

166,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Nuestra Tierra
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New Mexico

Elevating Community Voices in Support of the Gila River

Nuestra Tierra

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Elevating Community Voices in Support of the Gila River

Nuestra Tierra

Location

New Mexico

Prior Funding

$100,000 since 2021

Project

Amplify the voices of Hispanic, Tribal and Pueblo communities to secure Wild and Scenic River designation for 450 miles of New Mexico’s Gila River. BIPOC-led.

Goal

450 River Miles Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Conservation Colorado
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Colorado

Colorado’s Outdoor Future

Conservation Colorado Education Fund

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Colorado’s Outdoor Future

Conservation Colorado Education Fund

Location

Colorado

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Conservation of 900,000 acres of Colorado public lands and the engagement of diverse communities, including frontline, Latine, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Goal

900,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Wild Salmon Center
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Oregon

Stand Tall Oregon Campaign

Wild Salmon Center

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Stand Tall Oregon Campaign

Wild Salmon Center

Location

Oregon

Prior Funding

$225,000 since 2015

Project

Conserve 315,000 acres of habitat across western Oregon, including over 250,000 acres in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests through finalization of a Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan and securing approval of the new Forest Management Plan for state forests to include ecologically-based forest management and incorporate the 2021 Climate Change and Carbon Plan.

Goal

315,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Mt. Grace
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Massachusetts

Hawes Hill Conservation Corridor

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

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Hawes Hill Conservation Corridor

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Location

Massachusetts

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Permanently conserve at least 914 acres in Barre, Massachusetts, including 139 acres available for “tough mudder” races and events, resulting in a contiguous expanse of 4,000+ protected acres of land.

Goal

914 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Trust for Public Land
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Washington

Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan

Trust for Public Land

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Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan

Trust for Public Land

Location

Washington

Prior Funding

$545,000 since 1990

Project

Protection of 12,058 acres of forestland in central Washington within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, creating permanent public access to popular recreation areas, preserving an important wildlife corridor, and creating the opportunity for watershed scale restoration.

Goal

12,058 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Lowcountry Land Trust
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South Carolina

Protecting the Barry Tract

Lowcountry Land Trust

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Protecting the Barry Tract

Lowcountry Land Trust

Location

South Carolina

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Permanent protection of 67 acres using deed restrictions and other appropriate mechanisms in the Ashley River Historic District near Charleston, S.C. to create with Dorchester County a passive, publicly accessible nature park and historical interpretation site.

Goal

67 Acres Proected

Grant Request

$50,000

Oregon Wild
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Oregon

Protecting 5.5 Million Acres of Forests for Biodiversity & the Climate

Oregon Wild

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Protecting 5.5 Million Acres of Forests for Biodiversity & the Climate

Oregon Wild

Location

Oregon

Prior Funding

$593,200 since 1993

Project

Improved management practices and protections for over 5.5 million acres of federal forests – better protecting their critical climate and biodiversity benefits – by successfully advocating for strong revisions to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan.

Goal

5.5 Million Acres Protected

Grant Request

$25,000

Carolina Climbers Coalition
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North Carolina

Maibauer Boulders

Carolina Climbers Coalition

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Maibauer Boulders

Carolina Climbers Coalition

Location

North Carolina

Prior Funding

$65,000 since 2006

Project

Protect 32 acres of pristine forest and large boulder outcrops, to preserve a public climbing destination, and to expand outdoor adventure opportunities for current and future generations. BIPOC-led.

Goal

32 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$32,000

Mandukai Peak
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Virginia

Onkyayun Oheki – Mountain to Valley

NDPonics

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Onkyayun Oheki – Mountain to Valley

NDPonics

Location

Virginia

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Indigenous-led purchase & protection of 60 acres within the traditional range of the Yessah people to conduct language, cultural, permaculture, and recreational gatherings on the land. BIPOC-led.

Goal

60 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Central Oregon LandWatch
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Oregon

Save Skyline Forest

Central Oregon LandWatch

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Save Skyline Forest

Central Oregon LandWatch

Location

Oregon

Prior Funding

$140,000 since 2008

Project

Permanently conserve 33,000 acres of intact forest land for critical wildlife habitat, close-to-town outdoor access, world-class recreation opportunities, regional water quality, and improved fire safety that is paramount to the well-being of Central Oregon Communities.

Goal

33,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

TRCP
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Oregon

Protecting the Oregon Owyhee Canyonlands

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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Protecting the Oregon Owyhee Canyonlands

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Location

Oregon

Prior Funding

$266,000 since 2015

Project

Protect at least one million acres of wilderness within Oregon’s remote and spectacular Owyhee Canyonlands from future development.

Goal

1 Million Acres and 25 River Miles Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Mecca Hills
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California

Establishing New and Expanded National Monuments in SoCal

CalWild

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Establishing New and Expanded National Monuments in SoCal

CalWild

Location

California

Prior Funding

$747,000 since 2000

Project

Designation of the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument and the proposed expansion of Joshua Tree National Park, followed by designation of a National Monument in the western portion of the Angeles National Forest.

Goal

895,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Indiana Forest Alliance
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Indiana

Protecting Wilderness in the Midwest

Indiana Forest Alliance Incorporated

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Protecting Wilderness in the Midwest

Indiana Forest Alliance Incorporated

Location

Indiana

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Passage of the Benjamin Harrison National Recreation Area and Wilderness Establishment Act (S.2990), adding approximately 15,317 acres to the Charles Deam Wilderness and establishing the 29,382 acre Benjamin Harrison National Recreation Area surrounding the expanded wilderness within the Hoosier National Forest. By connecting the existing Charles Deam Wilderness to Brown County State Park, S.2990 will conserve about 73,435 acres of rugged, Eastern hardwood forest, dedicating the largest expanse of wild nature for wilderness recreation in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Goal

44,699 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Wyoming Wildlife Federation
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Wyoming

Designating and Funding the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Migration

Wyoming Wildlife Federation

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Designating and Funding the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Migration

Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Location

Wyoming

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Designation of the 1.3 million acres Wyoming Range Mule Deer Migration Corridor as vital habitat, with formal recognition and protection by affected federal land agencies and funding for the Highway 189 wildlife crossing.

Goal

1.3 Million Acres Protected as Vital Habitat

Grant Request

$45,000

WaterWatch
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Oregon

The Campaign to Remove Winchester, Murphy, and Charley Dams

WaterWatch of Oregon

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The Campaign to Remove Winchester, Murphy, and Charley Dams

WaterWatch of Oregon

Location

Oregon

Prior Funding

$100,000 since 2008

Project

Removal of Winchester, Murphy, and Charley dams from Oregon’s North Umpqua River, Applegate River, and Little Butte Creek to provide unimpeded access for salmon, steelhead and other fish to over 285 miles of high quality spawning and rearing habitat upstream, and improve recreational navigation on these rivers.

Goal

3 Dams Removed

Grant Request

$50,000

CPAWS Yukon
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Canada – Yukon

Supporting the Ross River Dena Council in IPCA Development

CPAWS Yukon

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Supporting the Ross River Dena Council in IPCA Development

CPAWS Yukon

Location

Canada – Yukon

Prior Funding

$235,000 since 2010

Project

Led by the Ross River Dena Council, the proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area would conserve 10 million acres of wilderness in central-east Yukon, a vast expanse which includes vulnerable alpine and gravel-bed river ecosystems along the continental divide, and encompasses areas of high cultural and sustainable recreation value.

Goal

10 Million Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Organ Mountains
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New Mexico

Mimbres Peaks

Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

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Mimbres Peaks

Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Location

New Mexico

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Permanent protection of 245,000 acres through the establishment of the Mimbres Peaks National Monument.

Goal

245,000 Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Wild Montana
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Montana

Protecting the Lower Yellowstone River

Wild Montana

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Protecting the Lower Yellowstone River

Wild Montana

Location

Montana

Prior Funding

$591,000 since 2006

Project

Protect approximately 1,500 acres and 4 river miles of critical riparian habitat along the Lower Yellowstone’s riverfront, establish an all-new state park, and improve public access and infrastructure that will strengthen recreation opportunities and economic vitality for several towns from Hysham to Sidney in far eastern Montana.

Goal

1,500 Acres and 4 River Miles Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

Western Energy Project
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Montana

Upper Missouri Watershed Protection Campaign

Western Energy Project, Resources Legacy Fund

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Upper Missouri Watershed Protection Campaign

Western Energy Project, Resources Legacy Fund

Location

Montana

Prior Funding

$0

Project

Protection for 1.1 million acres of public land within the Upper Missouri Watershed, with adoption of high-level protections for important fish and wildlife, recreation, water, cultural and other conservation values on lands where oil & gas leasing is permitted.

Goal

1.1 Million Acres Protected

Grant Request

$50,000

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