Press Releases

May 18, 2016
Photo by Whitney Flanagan
This release was distributed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and published here with permission.

ATLANTA—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized The Conservation Fund and Park Pride with the regional 2016 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Lindsay Street Park project in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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May 5, 2016
Photo by Brian Dangler.

ORIENT, Maine—The Conservation Fund announced today the protection of 7,486 acres of working forestland in the town of Orient. Located along the international border of eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, the newly conserved land will continue to be sustainably harvested for timber while securing the largest white-tail deer wintering area in the region and key waterfowl habitat along North Lake and Monument Brook, which are both essential to the local recreation economy.    

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May 5, 2016
Photo by Bill Bamberger

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Wells Fargo today issued a $1.6 million award to the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), a green business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast. As a result, the Fund will expand access to lending and business advisory services for African American farmers and small business owners, primarily in Eastern North Carolina.

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May 2, 2016

LAWRENCE and BALDWIN CITY, Kan.—Thanks to the cooperation of a group of organizations and individuals, the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve—part of the University of Kansas (KU) Field Station and a jewel of biodiversity in Douglas County—has grown to 456 acres and is now unified as one contiguous tract. The protection of the additional land was announced Saturday at a dedication event at Vinland, Kansas, near the Preserve.

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April 29, 2016

Boulder, Colo.; Seattle, Wash.; Washington, D.C.— REI, national specialty outdoor retailer and consumer co-op, has partnered with the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association, The Conservation Fund, and Mayor Bowser to ensure every public school 4th grader in Washington, D.C. has a powerful national park experience this year. Via Parks4Kids, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation and the Outdoor Industry Association, and the support of the Mayor’s office, approximately 3,300 4th graders in the District will have the opportunity to visit a nearby national park.

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April 20, 2016
Falls Lake

RALEIGH, N.C.—The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a coalition of nonprofit conservation organizations, has released its 2015-2045 Conservation Strategy, which demonstrates the value of land conservation as a  key investment to protect drinking water supplies in North Carolina’s Upper Neuse River Basin.  The Conservation Strategy identifies the most important areas to conserve to ensure water quality downstream, and sets an ambitious goal of preserving 30,000 acres over the next 30 years.

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April 20, 2016
Moisers Knob. Kathy Haake/The Trust for Public Land

This release was distributed by the Open Space Insitute and National Park Service and published here with permission. 

BUSHKILL, PA—A major victory toward long-term protection of the Delaware River Watershed has been realized with the addition of three new properties to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, further expanding the world-class park. And now, amid rising concern about the damaging effects of climate change, a “Resilience Analysis” conducted by the Open Space Institute has captured and inventoried the entire park’s critical role as a regional haven for wildlife and natural moderator of flooding and drought. 

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April 20, 2016
Petrified Forest National Park
The Conservation Fund celebrates today’s passage of legislation in the U.S. Senate that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA); and reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for five years, among other conservation victories. 

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