The Mission of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is to protect, restore and expand the national conservation lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. Our partnership began in 2018 with a $50,000 donation to support the Native American Land Conservancy, one of more than 65 locally-based community groups that CLF Works with, to hire a full-time staff member.

The Native American Land Conservancy is located in Southern California. California has more than 100 federally recognized tribes, and 700,000+ Native Americans living there. Their mission is to engage multiple tribal interests to empower tribal community members and organizations in advocacy efforts to protect public lands.

CLF will provide training and mentoring, and will partner with the organization, Utah Diné Bikéyah, incorporating traditional knowledge and approaches to advocacy for public lands, especially Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Diné Bikéyah (pronounced di-NAY bi-KAY-uh) means “people’s sacred lands” in the Navajo language. Utah Diné Bikéyah is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works toward healing of people and the Earth by supporting indigenous communities in protecting their culturally significant, ancestral lands.

An additional $50,000 was funded in late 2018 to support the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance in New Mexico.