Protected Places

Alaska’s Big Village Network Contact: Carl Wassilie
3724 Campbell Airstrip Road Anchorage AK 99504
Phone: 907-382-3403 Website: Alaska’s Big Village Network

ALASKA’S BIG VILLAGE NETWORK’S (ABVN) MISSION IS TO CREATE COMMUNITIES OF INCLUSION OF INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLES’ MENTAL, SOCIAL, PHYSICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING APPLYING ANCESTRAL WISDOM OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ HONOR, RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF THE WHOLE LIVING AND NON-LIVING UNIVERSE.

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Apache Stronghold Contact: Sally Noedel
P.O. Box 766 San Carlos AZ 85550
Phone: 928-475-6751 Website: Apache Stronghold

Apache Stronghold is working to protect religious freedom and sacred sites at Apache Leap and Oak Flat from Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper Project. Walk to Save Oak Flat was founded in 2015 to raise awareness and opposition to the proposal.

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Arizona Mining Reform Coalition Contact: Roger Featherstone
P.O. Box 43565 Tucson AZ 85733
Phone: 520-777-9500 Website: http://www.azminingreform.org

The Arizona Mining Coalition is comprised of Arizona groups and individuals that work to ensure that responsible mining contributes to healthy communities, a healthy environment, and, when all costs are factored in, is a net benefit to Arizona.  The Arizona Mining Coalition expects the mining industry to clean up after itself, comply full and in the spirit of safeguards in place to protect Arizona, and to interact in a transparent and open manner with Arizona citizens.

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Cabinet Resource Group Contact: Jim Nash
P.O. Box 238 Heron MT 59844
Phone: 406-847-5610 Website: http://www.cabinetresourcegroup.org

Cabinet Resource Group is a Northwest Montana grassroots environmental organization started in 1976, located in the Kootenai National Forest near the pristine Cabinet Wilderness Area. Their primary focus has been preventing a dam at Kootenai Falls followed by battling the now closed Troy mine and proposed Rock Creek mine in Noxon. They have also sponsored local youth camps, hikes, and educational events.

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Yukon
P.O Box 31095 Whitehorse Yukon Territory Y1A 5P7 Canada
Phone: 867-393-8080 Fax: 867-393-8081 Website: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Website: Protect the Peel

Working to establish in network of Protected Areas, especially the Peel.

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Cascade Forest Conservancy Contact: Nichol Budine
4506 SE Belmont St. #230A Portland OR 97215
Phone: 503-222-0055

The mission of the Cascade Forest Conservancy (formerly the Gifford Pinchot Task Force) is to protect and sustain the forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in Washington’s South Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy.

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Center for Biological Diversity Contact: Mark Fink
P.O. Box 710 Tucson AZ 85702-0710
Phone: (520) 623.5252 Phone: (866) 357.3349 Website: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center is focused on protecting imperiled species and special places from the adverse impacts of mining, including the area surrounding Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior in Minnesota.

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Clark Fork Coalition Contact: Chris Brick
P.O. Box 7593 Missoula MT 59807 United States
Phone: 406-542-0539 Fax: 406-542-5632 Website: Clark Fork Coalition

Founded in 1985, the Clark Fork Coalition is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork River basin, a 22,000-square-mile area draining western Montana and northern Idaho. We have over a 27-year-long record of substantial achievements improving the health of the watershed.

 

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Comstock Resident’s Association Contact: Joe McCarthy
P.O. Box 425 Silver City NV 89428
Phone: 775-720-0331 Website: https://www.savesilvercity.org/

Through educational and artistic programming, oral history projects, scientific research and advocacy, the Comstock Residents Association’s mission is to serve as the citizen stewards of the Landmark.  Their principal focus is to preserve and protect the 17,000 plus acres of the Virginia City National Historic Landmark (VCNHL) and its timeless cultural communities of Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City and Dayton Nevada.

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Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Contact: Roy Chavez
106 W. Palo Verde Dr. Superior Arizona 85173
Phone: 520-827-9133 Website: concerned citizens and retired miners

Concerned Citizens & Retired Miners is a grassroots group of citizens who reside in Superior, AZ or are affiliated with relatives who are residents; are retired hard-rock miners who previously worked in the now non-operational mine in Superior, AZ and were displaced; or are individuals concerned that important public and is being conveyed to a foreign mining company for private use. Specifically, the organization opposes the federal exchange land bill that would give Oak Flat campground to Rio Tinto and BHP regardless of the findings of the NEPA analyses.

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Copper Country Alliance Contact: Ruth McHenry
HC60 Box 306T Copper Center AK 99573 United States
Phone: 907-822-3644 Website: Save the Angle Lakes

Copper Country Alliance formed in 1992 to help protect the wild and rural environment of the Copper River Basin/Wrangell Mountains region of Alaska. It is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit corportation, headquartered in Kenny Lake, Alaska.

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EARTHWORKS Contact: Jennifer Krill
1612 K Street NW, Suite 808 Washington DC 20006 United States
Phone: 202-887-1872 Website: Earthworks Website: Our Bristol Bay Website: Recycle My Cellphone

Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We’re working for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources as well as our communities.

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Environment Minnesota Contact: Samantha Chadwick
1313 5th Street SE Suite 316 Minneapolis MN 55414 United States
Phone: 612-331-8404 Website: Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization working for clean air, clean water, and open space.

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Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Contact: Betsy Daub
401 North Third Street Suite 290 Minneapolis MN 55401 United States
Phone: 612-332-9630 Website: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a Minnesota non-profit conservation organization with the mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Hardrock mineral exploration is increasing across northeastern Minnesota, and proposed projects at the edges of the wilderness threaten the region’s clean water, cultural resources, and tourism and outdoor recreation economies.

 

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Friends of the Stikine Contact: Stan Tomandl
502-620 View Street, Coast Salish Territory Victoria British Columbia V8W 1J6 Candada
Phone: 250-383-5677 Website: Coma Communications

Friends of the Stikine Society, founded in 1980, is a grass roots organisation that has had success in helping stop devastating hydro dam proposals, and now works to keep development to a sane and environmentally secure level. We are a charitable organisation based in Victoria, BC, networked with First Nations and other ENGO’s to conserve as much as possible, of one of the last roadless wild areas on our planet.

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Great Basin Resource Watch Contact: John Hadder
P.O. Box 207 Reno NV 89504
Phone: 775-348-1986 Website: Great Basin Resource Watch

Great Basin Resource Watch, founded in 1994 by a coalition of environmental, Native American, and scientific community representatives is a regional environmental justice organization dedicated to protecting the health and well bring of the land, air, water, wildlife, and communities of the Great Basin from the adverse effects of resource extraction and use. We inform communities about mining impacts; review mine proposals, permits, and expansions; and recommend policy solutions to reduce toxic emissions, protect our water resources, and preserve human and wildlife habitat.

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Headwaters Montana Contact: Dave Hadden
545 Holt Drive Bigfork MT 59911
Phone: 406-270-3184 Website: http://headwatersmontana.org/

Headwaters Montana works on a limited number of initiatives that focus on the human responsibility of maintaining and protecting the natural heritage of our home in the Crown of the Continent.  Initiatives range from specific projects like the “Transboundary Project” that seeks permanent protection for the North Fork Flathead River valley and Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park, to wilderness advocacy, and advancing local awareness and understanding of the importance of conservation to our prosperity.

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Keeper of the Mountains Foundation Contact: Daniel Chiotos
179 Summers St, Suite 234 Charleston WV 25301 United States
Phone: 304-205-0920 Website: Keeper of the Mountains Foundation

The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation aims to educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal. We believe a better future requires everyday people to come together and recognize their power to make long-term, lasting change.

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Montana Environmental Information Center Contact: Derf Johnson
P.O. Box 1184 Helena MT 59624
Phone: 406-443-2520 Website: https://meic.org/

Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) is a 501(c)(3) education and advocacy organization founded in 1973 with the mission to protect and restore Montana’s natural environment. MEIC is the lead organization in Montana specializing in state environmental policy with 45 years of experience in formulating and protecting the State’s framework of progressive environmental laws. They actively engage, as necessary, in all three branches of government at the federal, state and local levels. MEIC also works in alliance with numerous grassroots/local, regional and national conservation groups, and has formed coalitions with new voices for environmental protection including business, agricultural, labor, tribal, education, faith, and public health interests.

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Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness Contact: Michelle Hesterberg
P.O. Box 625 Ely MN 55731
Phone: 612-567-1162 Website: http://www.nmworg.org/

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is the region based wilderness advocacy group created by area residents to protect the BWCAW and other wild places. The organization was formed in 1996 to continue the local tradition of working to protect wild places against ever increasing public and commercial pressures so that the natural features and processes that exist  will remain intact for future generations.

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Patagonia Area Resource Alliance Contact: Wendy Russell
PO Box 1044 Patagonia AZ 85624 United States
Phone: 520.477.2308 Website: Para Watchdogs

The Patagonia Area Resource Alliance is a grassroots organization of volunteer community members committed to protecting and preserving the Patagonia, Arizona area. We are a Watchdog organization that monitors the activities of industrial developers such as mining corporations, as well as government agencies, to make sure their actions have long-term, sustainable benefits to our public lands, our watershed, and our town.

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Rock Creek Alliance Contact: Mary Crowe Costello
P.O. Box 2636 Sandpoint ID 83864 United States
Phone: 208-610-4896 Website: Rock Creek Alliance

The Rock Creek Alliance (Alliance), based in Sandpoint, ID, has been working for more than 15 years to protect the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Watershed and the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness from the development of the proposed Rock Creek mine through public advocacy and the courts. The Alliance established the Montana-based Save Our Cabinets to address the proposed Montanore mine.

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Save Our Cabinets Contact: Mary Costello
P.O. Box 152 Heron MT 59844 United States
Phone: 208-610-4896 Website: Save our Cabinets

Save Our Cabinets is a Montana non-profit organization established to protect the 94,000-acre Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area in northwestern Montana, and to conserve and restore the wild lands and resources of the Cabinet Mountains. Our goal is to prevent destructive activities, including hard rock mining, which would impact the Cabinet Mountains Ecosystem, while fostering an appreciation of its wilderness character, native wildlife, and pristine air and waters.

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Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR) Contact: Lisa Froelich
8987 E. Tanque Verde #309-157 Tucson AZ 85749
Phone: 520-445-6615 Website: scenicsantaritas

SSSR was formed in 1996 to protect the scenic, aesthetic, recreational, and wildlife values of the Santa Rita Mountains, Patagonia Mountains, Canelo Hills and San Rafael Valley through education and outreach, including protection of these areas from degradation due to mining activities.

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Sierra Club Canada Foundation Contact: Gretchen Fitzgerald
P.O. Box 2007, STN B Ottawa ON Canada
Phone: 902-444-7096 Website: https://www.sierraclub.ca/

The mission of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation is to be a voice for the earth. They work to protect and preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities.

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SkyTruth Contact: David Manthos
PO Box 3283 Shepherdstown WV 25443 United States
Phone: 304-885-4581 Website: SkyTruth

SkyTruth’s mission is to motivate and empower new constituencies for environmental protection. We envision a world where all people can see and understand the environmental consequences of human activity everywhere on Earth, and are motivated to take action to protect it. SkyTruth promotes environmental awareness and protection with remote sensing and digital mapping technology. We provide stunning images backed by scientifically robust information about our changing environment to stimulate changes in habitat protection, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable resource management.

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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Contact: Guy Archibald
419 Sixth Street #200 Juneau AK 99081 United States
Phone: (907) 586-6942 Website: Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

SEACC have been fighting to retain the wild places and natural values of the Tongass National Forest and promoting community sustainability for over 40 years.

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Utah Diné Bikéyah Contact: Gavin Noyes
P.O. Box 554 Salt Lake City UT 84110
Phone: 385-202-4954 Website: http://utahdinebikeyah.org/

Utah Diné Bikéyah’s mission is to: “Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.”

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Wildsight Contact: Ryland Nelson
2-495 Wallinger Ave Kimberley BC V1A 1Z6 Canada
Phone: 250.427.9325 Website: Wildsight

Wildsight works to maintain biodiversity and healthy human communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountains ecoregion. WIthin the Southern Rockies region Wildsight is seeking to re-establish the Southern Rockies Wildlife Management Area and complete the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in the Flathead.

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Contact: Emily Whittaker
P.O. Box 5 Big Bay MI 49808 United States
Phone: 906-345-9223 Website: Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve in a non-profit watershed group that has been protecting and preserving the high quality watersheds of the Yellow Dog and Salmon-Trout Rivers since1995. They inform and inspire citizens to take action in the protection of these areas against threats such as mining, logging, and non-point source pollution.

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Yukon Conservation Society Contact: Lewis Rifkind
302 Hawkins Street Whitehorse YK Y1A 1X6 Canada
Phone: 867-668-5678 Website: http://yukonconservation.org/

The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is a grassroots environmental non-profit organization, established in 1968 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The organization has over 250 current members and many dedicated volunteers. Over the years, YCS has earned a respected position of influence on environmental policy and education in the North. Their mission is to pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems.

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