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{Nature_and_Environment.8.1}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 01:22:50 CST (HTML)

Big organizations. Small ones. Highly paid, low pay or volunteer. National, State, Local. Lobbying, litigating, educating, organizing. Wildife and wilderness-oriented, pollution and health-oriented. Contributing members, active members. Mainstream, radical.

The environmental community is large and diverse.

Are you a supporting member or a "professional?" What environmental organizations do you like and respect...and recommend? Do you volunteer? Are there organizations you won't support on principle? Why not?

And so on......


{Nature_and_Environment.8.2}: Vincent Vacarello {vincent1167} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 04:49:51 CST (HTML)

I used to support the Sierra Club, back when I had the money to spare.

One thing I noticed especially about the environmental groups goes along the lines we've been discussing in the Nader thread. There seems to be a tradeoff between the purity of their agenda and their acceptance in the mainstream.

My friend was a hard-core enviromentalist who used to belong to Earth First. He told me that Sierra and WWF were ok, but that they were a little too cozy with Corporate America and the hunters.

Even so, I was always a little more comfortable compromising on the environmental thing than I was with other issues. I guess I figured that collecting money from wealthy limo-liberals/birdwatchers and just buying up the land for preservation, or working within the system, made more sense than sabotage or chaining yourself to things.


{Nature_and_Environment.8.3}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 08:20:35 CST (3 lines)

You can also get involved at the local level, with watershed groups
as Gary Snyder suggests, or stream clean-up teams, that sort of


{Nature_and_Environment.8.4}: Enrique Valdivia {gesualdo} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 13:53:43 CST (4 lines)

I'm trying to revive an old grassroots group called Aquifer Guardians
in Urban Areas.  It formed about 10 years ago in San Antonio Texas.



{Nature_and_Environment.8.5}: {kai} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 13:58:27 CST (0 lines)
{erased by kai Wed, 25 Feb 2004 16:04:25 CST}


{Nature_and_Environment.8.6}: Enrique Valdivia {gesualdo} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 14:00:44 CST (3 lines)

ooops!  here it is...



{Nature_and_Environment.8.7}: Kai Hagen {kai} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 16:11:01 CST (HTML)

Good luck with that, Enrique. Sounds like a very worthwhile goal.


{Nature_and_Environment.8.8}: Helge Hafstad {hhaf} Thu, 26 Feb 2004 04:09:31 CST (3 lines)

Have been a member of WWF for many years and it is one bill I
pay with pleasure. My life is too busy at present for me to be
an active member, but it is something I consider regularly.


{Nature_and_Environment.8.9}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 26 Feb 2004 08:26:47 CST (HTML)

Welcome to WWF's global network

WWF - The Conservation Organization

WWF - US: World Wildlife Fund


{Nature_and_Environment.8.10}: Helge Hafstad {hhaf} Fri, 27 Feb 2004 02:57:16 CST (2 lines)

WWF Norway


{Nature_and_Environment.8.11}: Kai Hagen {kai} Fri, 27 Feb 2004 07:29:52 CST (1 line)

That too!    :-)


{Nature_and_Environment.8.12}: Robin Shirley {equua} Sat, 28 Feb 2004 20:23:29 CST (13 lines)

I am new to the Cafe....
Does anyone know of groups in the southern California area?

I was with TreePeople for years, but have found their staff to be
somewhat rude and scattered in their thinking. And leadership is
becoming too corporate.

Have done some work with a new group called Habit Works.....option
still out on them.

Any options on Conservation International?



{Nature_and_Environment.8.13}: Kai Hagen {kai} Sat, 28 Feb 2004 21:36:38 CST (HTML)

Welcome, Robin.

Are you in the LA area? San Diego? I ask because there are many local groups in each place.

And, in one or both, there are a number of larger national and state organizations that have local chapters or offices, such as the Sierra Club.

Let's see...

How's this?! From

Amazon Watch, Topanga
Antelope Valley Trails, Recreation, and Environmental Council (AVTREC)
Associated Students of Pomona College Environmental Quality Committee, Claremont
Bruins for Recycling, Westwood - UCLA
California Conservation Corps
California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
California Exotic Pest Council (CalEPPC)
California Futures Network
California League of Conservation Voters
California Resource Recovery Association
California SSC (Sierra Student Coalition)
California Society for Ecological Restoration
California Wild Heritage
California Wilderness Coalition
Californians Against Waste
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics
Californians for Pesticide Reform
Caltech Environmental Task Force (CETF)
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Riverside
Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona - Black Walnut Alliance
Charnock MTBE Project, Santa Monica
Children's Nature Institute, Santa Monica
Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale
Communities for a Better Environment , Huntington Park
Earth Alert!
Earth Communications Office, Santa Monica
Earth Resource Foundation, Costa Mesa
Earth Saving Project, The
Earth Share of California, West LA, Santa Monica
Earth, Water, Air, Los Angeles
EarthWays Foundation, Malibu
EcoAcademy: Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Eco-Home Network
Ecolutions, Marina del Rey
Environmental Defense Center, Ventura
Environment Now
Environmental Coalition , Westwood - UCLA
Generation Earth
Glendale/Crescenta VOICE
Global Green USA, Venice
Keep California Beautiful
Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful
Leadership in Environmental Education Partnership , Claremont - Pitzer College
Leuzinger High School Environmental Career Academy, Inglewood
Long Beach Environmental and Memorial Programs
Los Angeles Conservation Corps, East LA, South Central
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment (OCICE), Tustin
and Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, Fullerton
Mt. San Antonio College E.A.G.L.E. (Environmental Action Group for a Livable Earth), Walnut
Planning and Conservation League of California
Regional Environmental Business Resource Assistance Center, Yorba Linda
Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District
Riverside County Conservation Camps
San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
San Marino Environmental Network (SMEN)
Sand Canyon Environmental Education Program (SEEP), Indian Wells
SCOPE - Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment
Social and Environmental Engineers, Malibu
Southern California Council on Environment and Development (SCCED)
Spirit of the Sage Council, Pasadena
Student Action for the Environment, Downtown - USC
Think Earth
Trails4All, Santa Ana

Air Quality/Smog
Government Agencies

Air & Waste Management Association, West Coast Section, Placentia
MSRC - Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, Diamond Bar
Smog Check II, MTBE and Underground Storage Tanks In California

Beaches/Oceans/Coastline/Coastal Areas
Beach Information
Diving Organizations
Surfing Organizations

California Ocean and Coastal Environmental Access Network (Cal OCEAN)

Beach Cleanup, Long Beach - monthly activity
Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON), Ventura
California Coastal Coalition
California Coastal Conservancy
California CoastKeeper
Defend the Bay, Newport Beach
Greenpeace USA
Heal the Bay, Santa Monica
Help Clean the Ocean, Seal Beach
Matilija Coalition
Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study
Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends, Newport Beach
Ocean Conservation Society , Marina del Rey
Oceana, Mid-City
Orange County CoastKeeper, Newport Beach
Orange County Marine Life Refuge Project, Corona del Mar
Santa Monica BayKeeper
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (The Bay Commission)
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Venice
Stop the Waiver
Surfers' Point Task Force
Surfrider Foundation USA, San Clemente
Surfrider Foundation, Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, Long Beach/North Orange County Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, Malibu Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, Newport Beach Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, San Clemente Chapter
Surfrider Foundation, South Bay Chapter

California Oaks Foundation
California ReLeaf - forests
California Urban Forests Council (CaUFC)
North East Trees, Eagle Rock
San Bernardino National Forest Association
Shadetree Partnership , Irvine
Tree Musketeers, El Segundo
Tree People
USDA Forest Service Region 5 - Pacific Southwest Region

Land Conservancies/Conservation/ Parks/Wilderness Areas/Development/Preservation
Forestry Agencies
Government Agencies
Wildlife Preserves

CERES Environmental Information by Theme: Land Trusts - directory
Land Trust Alliance National Directory of Land Conservation Trusts: California - directory

Ahmanson Ranch, Agoura Hills - Santa Monica Mountains
Alliance to Rescue Crystal Cove, Corona del Mar
Altadena Foothills Conservancy
Amigos de Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach
Angeles Volunteer Association, Chino Hills - forests
Arroyo Seco Foundation, Pasadena
Ballona Creek Renaissance, Culver City
Ballona Valley Preservation League, Playa Vista - Ballona Wetlands
Ballona Wetlands Foundation , Playa Vista
Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, Playa Vista
Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Huntington Beach
California Parks & Recreation Society
California State Parks Foundation
C.A.N.D.E.R. (Conditional Use Permit of 3880 San Rafeal Avenue Analysis, Negotiation, Dissemination & Enforcement Roundtable) - Mt. Washington
The Canyons Simi Valley
Chatsworth Land Preservation Association (CLPA), Chatsworth
Citizens Committed to Save Barham Ranch, Orange
Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park
Claremont Wildlands Conservancy
Conejo Open Space Foundation, Thousand Oaks
Conservaodres de las Colinas , La Canada-Flintridge
Cornell Preservation Organization, Agoura Hills - Santa Monica Mountains
Corona Partners for Parks & Recreation
Dana Point Headlands
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates, Pasadena
Endangered Habitats League, West Hollywood
Foothills Wildlife Conservancy, Monrovia
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
Friends of Friendship Park, San Pedro
Friends of Hart Park, Newhall
Friends of Lincoln Park
Friends of the Foothills, San Clemente
Friends of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
Habitat Trust, The, Pasadena
Heart and Soul Coalition, The , Dana Point
Hill Canyon Conservancy
Hills for Everyone: Friends of the Wildlife Corridor, La Puente, Chino Hills
Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
Jefferson Park Improvement Project, South Central
Laguna Canyon Foundation
Laguna Greenbelt, Laguna Beach
LAND at NRDC: Southern California's National Community Conservation Program
Mojave River Natural History Association (MRNHA), Hesperia
Monrovia Mountains Conservancy
Mountains Restoration Trust, Canoga Park - Santa Monica Mountains
The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter
Ojai Foundation, The,
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, The
Orange County Wild
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
People for Parks
Rails to Trails California Field Office
Rally to Save Ahmanson Ranch
Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy
Remember Stearns Park , Long Beach
Riverside Land Conservancy
San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust , Lake Arrowhead
San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Conservancy
San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy, Glendora
Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Santa Susana Mountain Park Association
Save Agoura
Save Chatsworth
Save Ahmanson Ranch, Agoura Hills - Santa Monica Mountains
Save Open Space, Agoura - Santa Monica Mountains
Save Southwest Riverside County (SSRC)
Save the Conejo 2000, Thousand Oaks
Seal Beach Wetlands
Sepulveda Wetlands Park - proposed
Stop Playa Vista
Stop TMC, Santa Clarita - strip mine
Stop Washington Mutual - Santa Monica Mountains
The Canyons, Simi Valley
Trust for Public Land, California
Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation
West Bluffs Conservation Committee, Playa del Rey - Ballona Wetlands
Wildlands Conservancy, The (TWC), Yucaipa
Yucaipa Valley Conservancy


{Nature_and_Environment.8.14}: {jonathan68} Sun, 29 Feb 2004 14:03:16 CST (1 line)
{name removed by kai Tue, 14 Sep 2004 10:28:10 CDT}

Not much choice there  ;-(


{Nature_and_Environment.8.15}: Kai Hagen {kai} Sun, 29 Feb 2004 22:44:01 CST (1 line)

Just a few!   :-)


{Nature_and_Environment.8.16}: Jan Rickey {jrickey} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 10:37:49 CST (2 lines)

Wouldn't it be nice if there were that many organizations all over
the rest of the country?


{Nature_and_Environment.8.17}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 11:16:32 CST (HTML)

There are...if you look at things in terms of population distribution, rather than geography.


{Nature_and_Environment.8.18}: Jan Rickey {jrickey} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 12:55:00 CST (4 lines)

Agreed, but geography plays a role if you want to get personally
involved in an organization. Ask anyone who lives in the High Plains
and are separated by hours of drive-time to get to a more populated


{Nature_and_Environment.8.19}: Robin Shirley {equua} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 20:46:32 CST (7 lines)

Thank you, Kai,

I have been the LA area for some time but had no idea that all of
these groups were here.
These should help give me a new focus.

Thanks again,


{Nature_and_Environment.8.20}: {redleader} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 22:19:23 CST (7 lines)
{name removed by chiles Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:52:51 CST}

  I once worked as a phone canvasser for a small local wilderness
group. One thing we always ran into was that everyone wanted to get
things in the mail, because they found phone calls intrusive.

  But that had two problems. One was that we couldn't afford mass
mailings. Second, was that as a forest group it was hard to justify
such a random use of paper.


{Nature_and_Environment.8.21}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 01 Mar 2004 22:36:13 CST (HTML)

When you were phone calling, weren't you just calling members, or earlier contributors? Can't imagine cold calling for that very efficiently or effectively.


You're welcome, Robin. My pleasure.

Good luck finding the group or groups that fit what you're looking for,


{Nature_and_Environment.8.22}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Tue, 02 Mar 2004 01:04:02 CST (2 lines)

The forest group I belong to sends me mail once in a while, but
mostly I get emails from them. It's paper-free!


{Nature_and_Environment.8.23}: {somemuse} Wed, 03 Mar 2004 10:25:29 CST (0 lines)
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{Nature_and_Environment.8.24}: Ray Reynolds {somemuse} Wed, 03 Mar 2004 10:42:59 CST (5 lines)

Let me guess, they send you notices of pending disasters that only
they can fix....with a donation from you.

Won't you please help us save the last remaining bit of rain forest
from the clutches of George Bush by sending us a check today!


{Nature_and_Environment.8.25}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Wed, 03 Mar 2004 10:51:44 CST (8 lines)

Actually, I haven't sent them money for about 18 months. I should. I
like this organization and what they do. Mostly they ask me to
support or oppose various items of legislation or administrative
actions, which I then do. When I've asked them for information, they
have been extremely helpful.

I appreciate them coordinating efforts to preserve our regional


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