Press Releases

August 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

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.

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August 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program.
This release was distributed by the City of Ann Arbor and published here with permission.

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 26, 2016
Photo courtesy North Carolina State Parks.
“One hundred years ago, Governor Locke Craig and others showed extraordinary vision in having North Carolina protect the high spruce and fir covered crest of the Black Mountains running south from Cattail Peak. Since the creation of Mount Mitchell State Park, the North Carolina State Parks system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres conserved for wildlife, recreation and education.

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August 25, 2016
Today we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, widely appreciated today as “America’s Best Idea.” Since The Conservation Fund’s founding in 1985, it has been an honor to partner with the National Park Service to advance and grow its vision, at places like Gettysburg National Military Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the over 200 National Parks sites where we have helped protect land. Together, we have protected a total of over 325,000 acres worth $235 million dollars, while also saving the taxpayer over $46 million.

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August 23, 2016
Scenic view from Waterrock Knob. By Steve Orr.

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.

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August 5, 2016
Lake Wateree. Photo by Brian Gomask.

LANCASTER & KERSHAW COUNTIES, S.C.—Today South Carolina Senators Vincent Sheheen and Greg Gregory, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Conservation Fund joined other state and local officials, community members and private partners to celebrate the completion of an extraordinary effort to conserve more than 14 miles of Lake Wateree shoreline. At an event today at the recently-established Liberty Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA), more than 3,400 acres were dedicated as the Austin Sheheen Sr. Natural Resources Area in memory of the former Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce president and dedicated public servant. Mr. Sheheen not only dedicated his life to public service but also established a legacy for his children and grandchildren, who have so passionately followed in his footsteps.

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August 4, 2016
Photo provided by Aspen Valley Land Trust.
ASPEN, Col.—The meadows that gave rise to the Aspen Meadows Resort are here to stay. The Aspen Institute’s iconic central meadow, Amy’s Meadow, which lies on the edge of Aspen’s West End between the Aspen Meadows Resort and the Aspen Music Tent, was recently conserved in perpetuity through a conservation easement donated to Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT).

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July 28, 2016
2015 Grant recipient City Harvest. Photo courtesy of Rob Bennett.

ARLINGTON, Va.—Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. 

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