In Defense of The Wild

This year, Juniper Ridge has selected fourteen western wilderness defense organizations to focus our donation efforts on. Below is a linked introduction to each organization and their active campaigns geared towards preserving public lands across the west. With every purchase you are supporting these efforts, as a portion of every dollar spent on our wildcrafted products is divided amongst these tremendous leagues.

 

Los Padres Forest Watch (lpfw.org) Forest Watch is leading the charge to protect and restore the forests, chaparral, grasslands, rivers, wildlife, and wilderness along California’s Central Coast. LPFW is the only organization focused solely on protecting our region’s public lands, from the famed Big Sur coastline, to the rugged backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Friends of the Inyo (friendsoftheinyo.org) Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA based non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and stewardship of the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. The eastside’s scenic beauty, wild rivers, varied flora and fauna, and abundant opportunities for sustainable recreation are the business of the Friends of the Inyo.

Ventana Wilderness Alliance (ventanawild.org) The VWA seeks to promote awareness of the natural beauty of the northern Santa Lucia mountain range.They advocate its protection while bringing together a unified force for the many concerned individuals who share an affinity for this sacred place.

Oregon Wild (oregonwild.org) As a leader in the national grassroots campaign for conservation of roadless areas in our national forests, Oregon Wild helped secure administrative protections for more than 58 million acres of spectacular terrain across the country. Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds (to safeguard the quality of Portland’s water supply) and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Pacific Crest Trail Association (pcta.org) The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians. We have a responsibility to steward the resources of the trail and the organization for the benefit of all, including future generations; The PCT belongs to all citizens.

Save our Wild Salmon (wildsalmon.org) Founded in 1991, Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sports-fishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates. They work collectively to restore self-sustaining, abundant, and harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams, and oceans of the Pacific Salmon states. We focus our efforts on the Columbia and Snake River Basin, where in the time of Lewis and Clark, up to 16 million wild salmon returned each year. Today, as few as ten thousand salmon return home to the Snake River. SOS leads an exciting national campaign to restore these endangered salmon and steelhead. By partially removing four dams on the lower Snake River we can restore the Pacific Northwest’s wild salmon and free-flowing rivers as vital economic engines for local communities.

Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center (kswild.org) Formed in 1997, The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center fights for protection and restoration of the incomparable ecological riches of southwest Oregon and northwest California.  We monitor public lands in the Rogue River/Siskiyou, Klamath, Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, and the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the Bureau of Land Management.

Friends of the River (friendsoftheriver.org) Friends of the River is California’s only statewide river conservation organization. FOR has been a key voice for the removal of hydroelectric dams responsible for fish-kills and poor water quality on the Klamath River. A draft settlement agreement was released in late September that could lead to the removal of these four dams and restoration of the river’s once fabled salmon runs.

Conservation Alliance (conservationalliance.com) The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. CA directs its funding to community based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat. The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

SPAWN (seaturtles.org) The population of central California coast Coho salmon has declined more than 95 percent from historic levels, and is now listed as ‘endangered’ under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Lagunitas Creek Watershed is one of the most important waterways left for these wild salmon, supporting ten to twenty percent of the dwindling populace.

American River Conservancy (arconservancy.org) For more than 25 years, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has preserved rivers and land for life. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, ARC works to preserve natural areas and cultural resources whilst building an enduring ethic of care and a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. ARC purchases land and conservation easements from willing landowners, actively partnering with governmental agencies, private donors, and foundations to acquire funding and transfer these lands into the public domain.

American Whitewater (americanwhitewater.org) Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.”  American Whitewater works to protect and restore rivers by maintaining a national inventory of whitewater rivers, monitoring potential threats to whitewater river resources, and publishing information on river conservation.

Tuleyome “Deep Home Place” (tuleyome.org) Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer oriented nonprofit organization aimed to protect the agricultural heritages of the Inner Coastal Range and the Western Sacramento Valley.

Oregon Natural Desert Association (onda.org) From a small group of desert lovers, ONDA was born. For over twenty-five years, the Oregon Natural Desert Association has worked tirelessly to protect, defend, and restore the wild lands of Eastern Oregon that are on the brink of extinction. There are nearly eight million acres of wilderness in Eastern Oregon, and the ONDA is their dedicated voice of advocacy.