Current and Past Grantees California Wildlands Rapid Response Fund

Current Grants

Friends of the Inyo
For Defending Wildlands of Conglomerate Mesa
To continue media outreach to keep community members and local elected officials informed and engaged about exploratory drilling related to a possible open-pit gold mine on Conglomerate Mesa, and complete a hydrological review to understand impacts to water resources to help make a case against the exploratory drilling with regulatory agencies.

Endangered Species Coalition
For California Endangered Species Act Field Campaign
To organize key California voices—e.g., veterans, faith, and others—to oppose the Department of Interior’s proposed regulations on the Endangered Species Act, which would gut protections for California’s threatened and endangered species and the wildlands on which they rely.

Sierra Business Council
For Giant Sequoia National Monument Support Billboard
To fund a billboard with a call to action for support of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and a consideration of the business community that benefits from its status.

Resources Legacy Fund
For Protect California from Offshore Oil Drilling
To support a broad and diverse constituency of California residents to voice their strong opposition to new offshore oil drilling in the Pacific at a public meeting in Sacramento, at local rallies around the state, and through other means during the public comment period.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
For Digital engagement in defense of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
To use social media and online engagement to demonstrate widespread public support for the Cascade-Siskiyou to target elected officials and the White House, in hopes of discouraging further proclamations that take away protections for National Monuments.

Sierra Club Foundation
For Our Wild California
To stop new oil drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, protecting current and proposed marine monuments and sanctuaries, our coastal economy, communities, and wildlife by mobilizing a strong public response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) proposed five-year drilling plan.

California Wilderness Coalition
For Defending the Desert Conservation Plan
To harness the Bureau of Land Management’s review process to unequivocally demonstrate the private and public support of – and the immense value in – the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).


Past Grants

California Wilderness Coalition
For Giant Sequoia and Carrizo Plain National Monuments Defense
To lead the defense of Carrizo Plain and Giant Sequoia National Monuments. These areas have supportive networks that haven’t been mobilized for years. As a group that led much of the organizing on the original designations, CalWild has revitalized long standing relationships to rally against this unprecedented attack.

For Giant Sequoia National Monument Advocacy and Community Response Project
To educate and engage communities and local agency representatives within Tulare and Kern Counties as to the importance of maintaining the current size of the Giant Sequoia National Monument while advocating through media and public forums the dire necessity to respond immediately to threats that will reduce the size of and introduce resource extraction into the Monument.

Defenders of Wildlife/California
For Preserve California Campaign
To educate state legislators and Governor Brown, through coalition building, advocacy, and media, about the importance enacting two critical bills — Senate Bill (SB) 49, the California Environmental Defense Act of 2017, and SB 50, the Public Lands Protection Act, that will serve as a backstop against federal efforts to erode environmental protections and give away public lands. SB 49 protects California from federal actions to undermine or abandon critical public health and environmental protections by ensuring that California will maintain, at a minimum, the existing standards for protection for our state’s people, wildlife, and natural resources. SB 50 would establish a new state policy to discourage the conveyance of federal public lands to private developers for resource extraction and development and directs the State Lands Commission to establish a right of refusal by California for any federal lands proposed for sale or conveyance to other parties.

Native American Land Conservancy
For Protect Mojave Desert Sacred Lands by educating groups about AB 1000
To provide additional support and education in Sacramento to ensure decision makers understand the importance of the Cadiz Water Mining Project to tribes and that tribal resources and values are considered by State officials who are unfamiliar with the region, yet will be casting votes to decide AB 1000.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
For Defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
To prevent any reduction or rescission of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and subsequent efforts to roll back the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Sierra Forest Legacy
For Media support to defend the Giant Sequoia National Monument
To provide media expertise to support the ongoing campaign to defend the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute
For Stop Logging Bills Campaign
To educate and politically activate the public to stop the Westerman logging bill, HR 2936 (The “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017”), which would greatly expand and accelerate logging operations on federal forests by eliminating full compliance with forest plan requirements, opening up roadless areas to road building and logging, allowing logging projects as large as 30,000 acres to proceed without NEPA impacts analysis or public participation, and preventing judicial review by requiring binding arbitration or eliminating non-profits’ ability to recover fees and costs under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

Friends of the Inyo
For Protecting Conglomerate Mesa Campaign
To support the campaign to protect Conglomerate Mesa from the proposed mining operation, which could lead to an open pit cyanide heap leach gold mine. The mining operation would likely permanently destroy the Conglomerate Mesa’s biological, historical and geological values, as well as negatively impact the local outdoor recreation economy.  

Sierra Business Council
For Giant Sequoia National Monument Support Billboard
To fund a billboard with a call to action for support of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and a consideration of the business community that benefits from its status.

National Parks Conservation Association

For Opposing the Cadiz Project
To build legislative support with the State of California and simultaneously implement a coalition building strategy to protect the Cadiz Valley Aquifer from the groundwater extraction project proposed by Cadiz Inc – a program in direct contrast to California’s sustainable management legislation for the state’s groundwater basins.  This strategy is in line with the strong statements that Governor Brown and legislative leadership have expressed regarding efforts by the Trump Administration to roll back environmental protections and regulations.

Mojave Desert Land Trust
For The Cadiz Hydroecology Project: A water study to protect the east Mojave
Southern Desert
To conduct a water study project as part of broader program initiative to prevent the Cadiz groundwater project from destroying the east Mojave Desert’s fragile ecosystem and preserve landscapes of the Barstow, Needles and Twentynine Palms communities that are rich in Native American history and home to the longest undeveloped stretch of Historic Route 66, and the Amboy Crater National Landmark.

Los Padres ForestWatch
For Save the Carrizo Plain
Central Coast
To keep the Carrizo Plain National Monument intact by educating stakeholders and the general public about the importance of monument designation, the threats facing the CPNM, the benefits of monument designation (particularly economic benefits to local communities), and how concerned residents and businesses can contact decision-makers to show widespread community support for retaining the monument designation.

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