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.
The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit environmental organization, has named Jill Long Thompson to its Board of Directors.
A former three-term Congresswoman from Indiana, Long Thompson currently teaches Ethics for the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to her work at Indiana University, she served as the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Farm Credit Administration, a position to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund
"The Conservation Fund applauds this innovative, partnership-driven approach by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is honored to be the lead organization on three FY2017 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) awards that will advance longstanding and critical conservation goals for the Gulf of Mexico.
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Leading North Carolina conservation nonprofit and wildlife organizations have successfully acquired nearly all of Warwick Mill Bay to permanently protect one of the state’s few remaining large, intact, and relatively undisturbed Carolina Bays.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.