Press Releases

December 1, 2016
“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. 

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November 10, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Division of Natural Areas

FRANKLIN & MARION COUNTIES, Tenn.—Today The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all the federally threatened painted snake coiled forest snails known to exist have been conserved.  

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October 31, 2016
Mule Deer. Photo by Joe Riis.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —A new wildlife habitat management area that helps secure one of the country’s most critical mule deer migration routes was recently acquired by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The new Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA), located along the western front of the Wind River Range north of Pinedale, will be managed to conserve mule deer migration and preserve open space for big game winter range habitat. It is named to honor Luke Lynch, who was The Conservation Fund’s Wyoming state director and had helped conserve this portion of the migration corridor, as well as many other critical properties in the State, before his untimely death in 2015.

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October 28, 2016
Bobcat Ridge. Photo by Tim Cooper.

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas—The Conservation Fund and Texas A&M Forest Service announced today the protection of 6,899 acres of working forestland near Palestine, Texas. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), eleven miles of the state-classified “ecologically significant” Neches River and vital wildlife habitat for state and federally-listed species have been protected under a conservation easement.

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October 21, 2016
Bat at Sodalis Nature Preserve. Photo by Steve Orr.

HANNIBAL, Mo.—Today Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and City of Hannibal Mayor James Hark joined other federal, state and local officials, residents and private partners to celebrate the completion of an extraordinary effort to conserve and create a nationally important Indiana bat habitat area and community park in the historic hometown of Mark Twain.

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September 30, 2016
Gouldman Pond
PORT ROYAL, Va.—The Conservation Fund and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), together with the Gouldman family of Port Royal, recently protected 395 acres adjacent to the Rappahannock River. While helping to enhance the health of the River, this conservation effort, made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program, also furthers the goals of Fort A.P. Hill to preserve key buffer lands near the installation boundary. 

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September 29, 2016

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn.—Today the U.S. Forest Service, The Conservation Fund and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced the protection of 20 acres near Cherokee National Forest’s Shook Branch Swim Area at Watauga Lake. The acquisition, made possible with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will lay the groundwork for a proposed relocation of up to one mile of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) within the National Forest. 

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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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