The Conservation Lands Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with The Public Lands Fund*, a program of The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation that supports local and national initiatives that protect new lands, improve existing lands, break down the barriers of access to outdoor experiences and improve inclusion and equity in the outdoors. The Conservation Lands Foundation is honored to be selected as one of the ten inaugural nonprofit organization partners supported by the Public Lands Fund.
The Public Lands Fund is in part, supported by Public Lands, a new outdoor specialty store concept whose mission is “to celebrate and protect public lands for all.” They are gearing up to open two new Public Lands stores in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH in September and October (with more to come in the future!), which will serve as community gathering spaces that will inspire customers to not only get outdoors, but also seek to protect and advocate for public lands. The new stores will be immersive spaces featuring outdoor gear products, activities (hello, rock climbing wall!), and opportunities to learn about protecting critically important landscapes including the National Conservation Lands.
Through a partnership, with the Public Lands Fund, we are able to provide more grant funding to our Friends Grassroots Network and support the work of our local Network members to save places in the National Conservation Lands and build a strong, diverse, and inclusive public lands constituency. We also look forward to getting out to Bears Ears National Monument and some of our priority landscapes with members of the Public Lands staff.
A big thanks to Public Lands for sharing our mutual commitment to bringing people together to protect the land. (Fun fact: the Pittsburgh-area store team has already logged 224 volunteer hours of trail restoration, clean up, and breaking new trails in local Pittsburgh parks and lands, and we are excited to inspire them to get out to National Conservation Lands across the US.) As eloquently stated by musician Brittany Howard in their captivating new ad: let’s go together!
*The Public Lands Fund is a program of The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. Learn more at www.publiclandsfund.org