Press Releases

September 26, 2016
Lower Suwannee River basin.

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. 

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September 19, 2016
Upper Ouachita NWR. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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.

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August 30, 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. To learn more about The Conservation Fund’s partnership with the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Initiative, click here

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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