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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

The Conservation Alliance

Grants For Conservation

Grants For Conservation

$24 million Grant Donation Milestone (credit: The Conservation Alliance)

A renewed tribute to The Conservation Alliance. An organization that everyone should celebrate.

In 1989, four manufacturers in the, then new, outdoor recreation industry, Patagonia, REI, The North Face, and Kelty, decided to join together to help protect wild landscapes. Each company provided start-up funding to a grant-making organization, invited their manufacturing peers to join them, and The Conservation Alliance (TCA) was born.

Now 30+ years later, TCA is an international organization with more than 250 member companies. With donations provided by these businesses, the Alliance has been able to provide grants totaling more than $24 million to grassroots conservation organizations. These grants help to protect wild landscapes including forests, rivers, deserts, mountains, and marine coastal zones for habitat, recreation, and other aesthetic values. TCA has shown what is possible when an industry comes together and tries to make a positive difference for the environment. In these preceding years, Alliance funding has helped conserve more than:

73 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,575 miles of rivers; stopped or removed 35 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchased 17 climbing areas for recreational uses.

Such dedication and accomplishments are certainly worthy of a celebration.

While you are likely not be a North Face or Patagonia, but individual donations go directly into the same granting-making account that supports all the Alliance's projects. None goes to cover administrative costs which is handled separately from project funds.

Consider a donation to the work of The Conservation Alliance, here, and review the 2020 grants awarded and recipients, here. This Journal is proud to support the work and achievements of The Conservation Alliance.

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