Press Releases

January 7, 2016
Photo courtesy of Alderson Community Food Hub

ARLINGTON, Va. — CSX and The Conservation Fund today announced the grant recipients for the 2015 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food. Twelve charitable organizations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia will receive grants ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 to support and strengthen local transportation and distribution of fresh produce and healthy food to communities in need.

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January 5, 2016
Photo by John Hast

CHARLESTON, W.V. —Today, The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 32,396 acres of working forestland in southern West Virginia that will eventually create the state’s largest, conserved block of prime habitat for elk restoration. In partnership with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), the Fund’s historic conservation purchase will establish a vast protected landscape of sustainably managed land, supporting working forests and forestry-based jobs and increasing tourism opportunities for public hunting and other forms of wildlife-associated recreation.

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December 15, 2015
Big River Forest. Photo by Chad Riley
OSLO, Norway & SAN FRANCISCO—The Conservation Fund and Statkraft, Europe's largest generator of renewable energy, have formed a strategic partnership to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by purchasing offsets generated under California's pioneering cap and trade program. Statkraft’s purchase supports an investment in redwood and Douglas fir forests owned and operated by The Conservation Fund in California.

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December 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of D. Cumberland, USDA Forest Service
ARLINGTON, Va.—Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell recognized Nancy Bell, The Conservation Fund’s New Hampshire and Vermont State Director, with the 2015 Chief’s Honor Award for Conserving Open Space. The Chief’s Honor Award is the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) premier award that distinguishes the outstanding accomplishments and partners that contribute to the USFS’s strategic goals.

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November 18, 2015
Photo by Stacy Funderburke
Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund 

“As originally designed by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) protects America’s natural treasures – the local parks and greenways where our children play, the private farms and forests we nurture, and the federal and state public lands where we recreate – and precious resources that support our national economy and improve our overall quality of life.

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November 17, 2015
Photo by Andrew Martin, Delaware Wild Lands Field Ecologist

ODESSA, Del.—One of the state’s most rapidly developing areas lies in the heart of the Delaware Bay’s fragile coastal zone. Now a significant section of this sensitive ecological region has been conserved thanks to private funding and an exceptional partnership.

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November 4, 2015
Shired Island after a storm. Photo by George Willson

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund today announced funding for five projects that support the priorities of Florida’s four Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor. The region will receive over $85,000 in funding through the Big Bend Seed Grant program and leverage an additional $240,000 in impact. Together, these projects will support the forestry industry's need for workforce development, ensure sustainable and productive fisheries with oyster reef rehabilitation and spotted sea trout harvests, and facilitate nature-based tourism through a new shellfish trail and wildlife watching opportunities. 

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October 28, 2015
Courtesy VC2 Initiative

Shepherdstown, W.V.—The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)— a green business lender supporting locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast— has received a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance farm-to-fork delivery and expand the supply and selection of local produce between wholesale markets in West Virginia, Ohio and Southwest Virginia. The Local Food Promotion Program grant, provided through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, and an additional $33,000 of matching funds will help farmers, processors, cooperative groceries and food hubs and retailers meet growing demand for local food, improve distribution channels and build strong and profitable businesses.

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