September 29, 2016
CARTER COUNTY, Tenn.—Today the U.S. Forest Service, The Conservation Fund and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced the protection of 20 acres near Cherokee National Forest’s Shook Branch Swim Area at Watauga Lake. The acquisition, made possible with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will lay the groundwork for a proposed relocation of up to one mile of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) within the National Forest.
September 26, 2016
DIXIE COUNTY, Florida—The Lyme Timber Company LP (Lyme) and The Conservation Fund announced today the protection of 8,138 acres of forestland under a conservation easement in the lower Suwannee River basin. This conservation success is the first phase of an ongoing effort with county, state, federal and private partners that intends to protect an expansive 46,500 acres for the benefit of wildlife, watersheds and local economies.
September 19, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund is celebrating a restoration legacy at Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Louisiana, a location where public and private partners have planted more than one million trees. The initiative is strengthened by the Fund’s recent announcement that its carbon and climate project at Upper Ouachita NWR was verified to the standards of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCB Standards) at the Gold Level. This is the Fund’s fifth gold level verification to the CCB Standards, more than any other group in the nation. Verification ensures that the projects are meeting the original project objectives, including trapping carbon, providing habitat for wildlife and creating positive benefits for nearby communities.
August 30, 2016
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V. —The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)—a green business lender and an affiliate of the national nonprofit Conservation Fund—and the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Hatfield-McCoy) announced their partnership focused on creating jobs and improving quality of life in coal-impacted communities in southern West Virginia. Using a total of $2.6 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) the two organizations will expand access to capital and business advisory services for tourism-related businesses and help diversify the region’s economy.
August 29, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The City of Ann Arbor Open Space and Parkland Preservation Program, also known as the Greenbelt Program, is happy to announce it just closed on its 50th land protection project with Legacy Land Conservancy (LLC) and Washtenaw County. The collaborative project was the acquisition of an 81.83-acre tract in Webster Township that was owned by the Carol Landsberg Trust. The county now owns the property, and it will be open to the public. The LLC was the lead partner in the transaction and now owns a conservation easement on the tract. The Greenbelt Program contributed funding in the amount of $157,140.
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August 23, 2016
ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Today a special celebration was held at America’s most visited unit of the National Park System—the Blue Ridge Parkway—to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. With funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), more than 5,300 acres along the Parkway and much of the spectacular views from Waterrock Knob are now permanently protected.