Improve Access to Healthy Food In Underserved Communities
ARLINGTON, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015) – CSX and The Conservation Fund, partners in a program aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need, announced today grant awards to 10 charitable organizations in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. Each organization will receive $10,000 to enhance food delivery services so that they can bring fresh, nutritious food to their communities.
(Phoenix, Ariz.)—A new land acquisition for the Agua Fria National Monument by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will provide additional resource protection to natural and cultural resources at two separate locations on Black Mesa between the Interstate 17 Sunset Point rest area and the Agua Fria River to the east.
This week, the BLM acquired 80 acres of the Cross Y Ranch—one 40-acre parcel one mile directly west of the Cross Y Ranch headquarters and another 40-acre parcel three miles north of the headquarters.
IRON COUNTY, Wisc.—The Conservation Fund announced today the permanent protection of the 13,732-acre Twin Lakes Legacy Forest through the sale of a working forest easement to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR). Owned for generations by Consolidated Paper Company, and recently by timber investors, the Twin Lakes Legacy Forest will now continue to support jobs and provide a sustainable supply of forest products in perpetuity, as it has for the last century, while ensuring and enhancing access to outdoor recreation and protecting habitat for important game and non-game species. The State of Wisconsin funded the project, which closed late in December 2014, with a $4.47 million investment from the state’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.
(Atlanta, GA)—After years of collaboration with multiple partners, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund are pleased to support the introduction of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act (H.R. 470) early on in the new two-year cycle of the 114th Congress.
The Freshwater Institute (Freshwater), a program of The Conservation Fund, is one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated to sustainable water use. And we have an exciting opportunity this year: Atlantic salmon harvested at Freshwater’s facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia will be in select Wegmans stores for a limited time this March.
CRYSTAL RIVERS, Fla—The Conservation Fund announced today the acquisition of the 2.7-acre Paradise Point property in Crystal River, FL, an internationally renowned haven for manatees. Surrounded by the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge complex, this tract is critical to the protection of the federally endangered Florida manatee. It is the ideal location for annual manatee health checks, education, and monitoring activities. Crystal River/Kings Bay is the largest, natural winter refuge for manatees in the world, hosting over 550 manatees each winter (approximately 10% of the population). The chance to see a manatee brings thousands of visitors to Crystal River every year and ecotourism has become a major part of the local economy. Protection of Paradise Point will help protect the health of manatees in Crystal River and throughout their range.
GILPIN & BOULDER COUNTY, CO—The Conservation Fund and its partners announced today the permanent protection of the historic 3,334-acre Toll property, one of the largest intact private holdings along the Front Range. This area is a popular recreation destination with access to the James Peak Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Roosevelt National Forest, and Eldora Ski Area. The conservation easement protects critical drinking water sources for Boulder and Denver, improves forest management and safety, and sustains and enhances recreational opportunities.
Birmingham, Ala.—Today The Conservation Fund and Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS) announced the receipt of both federal and private funding to launch a historic partnership to create a 205,000-acre sustainable working forest comprised of native longleaf pine in the lower Alabama and Florida panhandle region. As part of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative—a collaborative, public-private effort to restore the threatened longleaf ecosystems across 8 million acres by 2020—The Conservation Fund and RMS plan to establish the first large landscape-level model for reestablishing and conserving longleaf habitat on privately-owned land, which will have the dual benefit of providing environmental and economic benefits—explicitly by keeping the lands in timber production.