Press Releases

May 21, 2015
Kentuck Swamp at Blackwater NWR

DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md.—Conservation efforts at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are very different than those at other protected wildlife areas across the country. Since the 1930s, approximately 5,000 acres of tidal marsh have been lost due to sea level rise, subsidence, erosion and impacts from invasive species. In a landscape that continues to change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must strategically conserve land most suitable for the relocation of important habitats in order to maintain water quality and sustain the array of wildlife that pass through and call the refuge home.

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May 12, 2015
Morning light at Mingo NWR. Image courtesy Nomadsland.

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program is proud to announce the Gold Level verification of its third carbon-based reforestation project at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Puxico, Missouri. Verification to the standards of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) certifies that the project is meeting the objectives Go Zero outlined five years ago, including trapping carbon, providing habitat for wildlife and creating positive benefits for nearby communities.

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April 24, 2015

NELSON COUNTY, Va.—Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and The Conservation Fund announced a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) success in protecting a significant property within George Washington and Jefferson National Forests along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT). With help from the National Park Service, the purchase of the 317-acre property not only preserves a portion of the Appalachian Trail and the natural viewshed from Spy Rock scenic overlook, it also supports the health of unique wildlife habitats and provides new access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.   

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April 24, 2015
MISSOULA, Mont.—The Conservation Fund and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) worked together with a conservation-minded family and key partners to permanently protect 3,239 acres of working ranch lands and crucial wildlife habitat in the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming. The resulting conservation easement is a strategic tool that the landowner utilized to help boost his operations, while also safeguarding habitat for sage grouse, elk and the largest concentration of Shiras Moose in the country as well as other wildlife species.

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April 20, 2015

This news release was issued and distributed by the Trust for Public Land

MONROE COUNTY, PAToday The Trust for Public Land, in cooperation with The National Park Service, The Conservation Fund, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the William Penn Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Open Space Institute announced a significant purchase of land, which will soon result in the expansion of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. 

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April 16, 2015
Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting more than 36,000 acres of working forests across America. Photo by Whitney Flanagan, The Conservation Fund.
Arlington, Va.—The Conservation Fund today announced that it is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

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March 26, 2015
Photo by Mark Gocke

“The Conservation Fund applauds Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) for introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), a critical western lands program that provides more public access to public lands, protects important wildlife habitat and preserves cultural resources.

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March 3, 2015
Jazmin Varela and Reggie Hall at Chimney Rock State Park

ARLINGTON, Va.—Virtual tours of some of America’s most important places—its parks, waterways and even battlefields—went online this week in Street View in Google Maps. The Conservation Fund and its partners unveiled a host of sites across the Eastern seaboard that they hiked, paddled, and explored with the Street View Trekker, a mapping tool from Google that allows anyone with a screen and internet access to journey beyond the road for a tour of iconic American sites where The Conservation Fund played a role in permanent protection.

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