Press Releases

April 19, 2017
South Cumberland State Park. Photo by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

MARION COUNTY, Tenn. — Today The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Open Space Institute (OSI), announced the addition of 1,058 acres to South Cumberland State Park in Marion County. The acquisition connects more than 7,000 acres of protected public and private land, conserves forestland and cove habitat from future development, and protects scenic views from the Fiery Gizzard trail.

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April 12, 2017
Bird Mountain

This release was distributed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and published here with permission. 

IRA and POULTNEY, Vt. – Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently added nearly 3,000 acres to Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Ira and Poultney, bringing the total publicly-conserved area to more than 3,600 acres. This is the largest addition to a Vermont wildlife management area in more than a decade.

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April 10, 2017
Photo by Tate Yoder, Yoder Photography

SURRY, Maine—The Blue Hill Heritage Trust announced today the purchase of a 2,114-acre parcel of forestland in Surry, Maine, which will be known as the Surry Forest. The Trust will manage the property as a community forest for recreation, wildlife habitat protection and restoration, as well as forest education.

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April 3, 2017
Rocky Lake. Photo by Ken Woisard.

This release was distributed by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and published here with permission. To learn more about The Conservation Fund's partnership with MCHT, click here

Whiting, ME—Maine Coast Heritage Trust (a statewide land conservation organization) and The Conservation Fund today announced the conservation of 2,352 acres on the shores of Rocky Lake, Orange Lake and the Orange River in Whiting. 

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March 28, 2017
Trout Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ontario—Thanks to the cross-border collaboration of several organizations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has purchased one of the last privately owned, undeveloped shorelines between Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.  

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March 13, 2017
Oconee National Forest

ATLANTA, Ga.—After years of collaboration with multiple partners, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund are pleased to continue to support the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act (S. 571, H.R. 1434) in the 115th Congress.  

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March 2, 2017
Photo courtesy of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund today announced the grant recipients for the 2016 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food. Eleven charitable organizations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Virginia and West Virginia will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to strengthen transportation and distribution of fresh, local produce and other healthy food to underserved communities. 

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January 4, 2017
View of RLF Winchester Property. Photo by John Hetzler.

Nashville, Tenn.—The Bedsole Property was one that got away. A big one. In the early 2000s, The Nature Conservancy tried to purchase the 14,000-acre tract in south central Tennessee from the Bedsole Land Company. But in the end, The Nature Conservancy was outbid by another party for the Cumberland Plateau property, and that was that.

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