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The Bears Ears InterTribal Coalition's new plan
will include practices
informed by Indigenous
perspectives.

HEADLINES

Making a Difference

Tim Peterson

The Conservation Alliance awarded 26 organizations across North America more
than $1 million, making this round of funding a record winter grant-making cycle.
By Amelia Arvesen
ALONG THE LUSH SWAMP FORESTS AND PRIStine white sand bars of the Black Scenic River,
rare species like the American chaffseed herb
and swallow-tailed kite bird thrive. The freeflowing river rushes 150 mile past forests and
farmlands in South Carolina before spilling
its tea-colored waters into the Atlantic Ocean.
This body of water not only serves as a rich resource for the area's ecosystem, but it's also a
favorite for paddlers and anglers.
The Open Space Institute is just one of the
organizations working to protect the area and
preserve it for public access by establishing the
new Black River State Park and Water Trail.
Once formalized, it would be South Carolina's
first wilderness-quality, riverine park.
More than 2,000 miles to the west in
Southeastern Utah, two red rock buttes tower
over a vast undeveloped land full of desert
sage, indigo bush, and history. The area is precious to the Native people of the land, and the

Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is completing the Tribally-led Land Management plan
for 1.9 million acres to include land-management practices informed by Indigenous perspectives and values.
" At the primacy of all of our activities is to
place the voices of our member tribes at the
front and center-this allows for the autonomy
they deserve and the exercise of true self-determination, " says Patrick Gonzales-Rogers, executive director of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal
Coalition. " The Conservation Alliance understands this and knows this results in meaningful and productive land management. "
These two projects by the institute
and the coalition are among 26 organizations awarded grants by The Conservation
Alliance, which gave a record $1,118,000
during its winter giving cycle. Many grantees are Indigenous-led conservation projects, as well as multiyear initiatives. Grants

went to Outdoor Afro, Honor the Earth,
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition,
Yellowstone-to-Yukon, and Alaska
Wilderness League.
" We are working to expand the types of organizations we fund, while doubling-down on
our commitment to protect threatened and
iconic landscapes, " says Brady Robinson, executive director at The Conservation Alliance.
" We hope that financial support, combined
with our advocacy efforts, will help these organizations succeed. "
The Conservation Alliance's funding
comes from membership dues collected
from more than 250 businesses. In each
grant cycle, member companies are invited
to nominate Indigenous groups, organizations with a history of collaborating with
diverse partners, and grassroots groups
working to protect wild places.
Learn more at conservationalliance.org.

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