Press Releases

July 22, 2016
Blackfoot River by Mark Sommer.

Pocatello, Idaho—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with The Conservation Fund and landowners Gordon and Theresa Prouse, has permanently protected 400 acres within Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Thanks to $900,000 in funding from America’s premier conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the conservation of this property will enhance public access to the area’s high quality recreational opportunities, such as fishing, camping, hunting and boating.  

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July 8, 2016
The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit environmental organization, has named Julie G. Barker to its Board of Directors.

Barker is a Director at Boston Consulting Group, where she leads internal consulting and operational re-design efforts for senior leadership. Boston Consulting Group is a worldwide management consulting firm operating in 82 offices and 46 countries, advising clients in private, public and nonprofit sectors.

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June 13, 2016
A concept drawing of Boone Park West—the final design will be determined through a community visioning process. Courtesy of Park Pride
Nonprofits and Partners Commit to Building Boone Park West in the Proctor Creek Watershed

ATLANTA—Park Pride, The Conservation Fund and partners announced today a “Commitment to Action” to encourage economic growth and opportunity for those living within Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting. The neighborhoods within the Proctor Creek Watershed, including Vine City and English Avenue, have long suffered from the negative effects of combined sewer overflows, economic disinvestment, social and educational challenges, and lack of greenspace. 

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May 27, 2016
From left to right: Bethany Olmstead (The Conservation Fund), Chief Tom Tidwell (USFS), Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede (WI DNR), Assistant Director Mark Buccowich (USFS-Northeastern Area), Tom Duffus (The Conservation Fund). Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

ARLINGTON, Va.—The private-public partnership that completed the largest land conservation effort in Wisconsin history—the 65,800-acre Brule St. Croix Legacy Forest—recently received a Wings Across The Americas Conservation Award from the U.S. Forest Service. 

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May 18, 2016
Photo by Whitney Flanagan
This release was distributed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and published here with permission.

ATLANTA—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized The Conservation Fund and Park Pride with the regional 2016 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Lindsay Street Park project in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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May 5, 2016
Photo by Brian Dangler.

ORIENT, Maine—The Conservation Fund announced today the protection of 7,486 acres of working forestland in the town of Orient. Located along the international border of eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, the newly conserved land will continue to be sustainably harvested for timber while securing the largest white-tail deer wintering area in the region and key waterfowl habitat along North Lake and Monument Brook, which are both essential to the local recreation economy.    

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May 5, 2016
Photo by Bill Bamberger

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Wells Fargo today issued a $1.6 million award to the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), a green business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast. As a result, the Fund will expand access to lending and business advisory services for African American farmers and small business owners, primarily in Eastern North Carolina.

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May 2, 2016

LAWRENCE and BALDWIN CITY, Kan.—Thanks to the cooperation of a group of organizations and individuals, the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve—part of the University of Kansas (KU) Field Station and a jewel of biodiversity in Douglas County—has grown to 456 acres and is now unified as one contiguous tract. The protection of the additional land was announced Saturday at a dedication event at Vinland, Kansas, near the Preserve.

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