Press Releases

December 8, 2016
Photo courtesy NPS
“The Conservation Fund applauds the U.S. Congress’ passage of legislation to expand the boundary of the Petersburg National Battlefield. This boundary expansion will authorize the National Park Service to acquire currently unprotected historic sites that tell the story of the major battles associated with the longest military event of the Civil War, preserving this heritage for future generations.  

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December 7, 2016

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Md. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has joined forces with the National Audubon Society and The Conservation Fund to implement an ambitious project to prevent tidal wetlands at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Maryland’s eastern shore from disappearing beneath rising tidal waters. 

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December 6, 2016

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.—Applications are now being accepted through February 15, 2017 for the 2016 On Track with Healthy Foods grants program in the Twin Counties, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. 

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December 1, 2016
“The Conservation Fund joins the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, Native American tribal leaders and others in celebrating the permanent protection of Werowocomoco, the historic location of Chief Powhatan’s headquarters during the time of the English arrival at Jamestown in the early 1600s. This is one of America’s most historically significant conservation successes in decades, and its sacredness to the heritage of seven Native American tribes makes its preservation, study and interpretation to the public extremely important. 

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November 10, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Division of Natural Areas

FRANKLIN & MARION COUNTIES, Tenn.—Today The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all the federally threatened painted snake coiled forest snails known to exist have been conserved.  

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October 31, 2016
Mule Deer. Photo by Joe Riis.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —A new wildlife habitat management area that helps secure one of the country’s most critical mule deer migration routes was recently acquired by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The new Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA), located along the western front of the Wind River Range north of Pinedale, will be managed to conserve mule deer migration and preserve open space for big game winter range habitat. It is named to honor Luke Lynch, who was The Conservation Fund’s Wyoming state director and had helped conserve this portion of the migration corridor, as well as many other critical properties in the State, before his untimely death in 2015.

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October 28, 2016
Bobcat Ridge. Photo by Tim Cooper.

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas—The Conservation Fund and Texas A&M Forest Service announced today the protection of 6,899 acres of working forestland near Palestine, Texas. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), eleven miles of the state-classified “ecologically significant” Neches River and vital wildlife habitat for state and federally-listed species have been protected under a conservation easement.

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October 21, 2016
Bat at Sodalis Nature Preserve. Photo by Steve Orr.

HANNIBAL, Mo.—Today Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and City of Hannibal Mayor James Hark joined other federal, state and local officials, residents and private partners to celebrate the completion of an extraordinary effort to conserve and create a nationally important Indiana bat habitat area and community park in the historic hometown of Mark Twain.

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