Friends of Cedar Mesa is a conservation-focused 501 (c3) non-profit organization based in Bluff, Utah. Mark Meloy, a former BLM employee, founded FCM in 2010.

Our mission:

Friends of Cedar Mesa works to ensure that the public lands in San Juan County, with all their cultural and natural values, are respected and protected.


To further this mission, we work to create local, regional and national support for greater protection of Cedar Mesa through education, advocating for national designations, supporting smart local policy-making, and organizing research and volunteer service activities.fcm-logo-new-VF-BRICK-298x273

We also continue to monitor the work and actions of the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation area, which are tasked with managing resources in the Greater Cedar Mesa area. With that regard, we offer managers research, guidance and education to see that management maintains wilderness values and protects cultural/archaeological assets, while providing for continued access for local residents and visitors from around the world.

Stewarding southeastern Utah’s National Conservation Lands

fgn-bugConservation starts with community, and history has shown that places are best protected when there is a group of local citizen advocates to lead the effort.  As members of the Friends Grassroots Network, Friends of Cedar Mesa does critical, on-the-ground work to steward and protect the National Conservation Lands. We also use our collective voice as a national network to advance strong conservation management policies and practices. In 2014 the Friends Grassroots Network collectively raised over $2 million to support this work.

Why does Cedar Mesa need “Friends?”

The greater Cedar Mesa area is a sacred and special place, full of natural beauty and rich cultural resources. The area is also faced with many challenges. In the last century, much history has been lost and many unfortunate human impacts have changed the face of the landscape.

If we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren the heritage of what we enjoy today, we must work harder to preserve what is unique, wild, and inspirational about this place.

If you agree, please join us as a Friend and support out work!