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Conservation Law & policy

Our success at protecting Western North America’s wildlands and wildlife depends on strong conservation laws and policies and an engaged citizenry that values and advocates for public lands.

Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Law and Policy Program works closely with the Foundation’s other programs to more deeply and effectively engage U.S. citizens and leaders in conservation issues, key policies, and strategic geographies. Our grants generally focus on:

  • Defending a strong Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and a Federal public lands estate that is not undermined by transfer to state or private ownership or management.
  • Innovative efforts to organize and engage diverse citizens in conservation across the political spectrum. Our larger grants in this area focus on collaborative work among partner groups and a demonstrated interest in testing and learning from innovative outreach and organizing techniques; Alaska, New Mexico, and Montana were 2018 areas of focus.
  • Policy, legal and communications research projects that inform the work of all Wilburforce grantees working in the above areas.


Note:  This Wilburforce Program makes grants only for programs and projects in the United States, though we encourage and support networking with our Canadian partners for idea and knowledge sharing.


Staff Contact:

Wendy Vanasselt
Program Officer
206.632.2325 x105



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