Press Releases

July 17, 2017
Guenther farm. Photo courtesy of the City of Ann Arbor.
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, MI—​On July 14, 2017, the City of Ann Arbor Open Space and Parkland Preservation Program, also known as the Greenbelt Program, announced the purchase of a conservation easement on nearly 250 acres of farmland in Lodi Township, protecting the agricultural use and conservation values of the private land. Owned by Lloyd and Betty Guenther, the majority of the property is in active agriculture in a mixture of corn, soybeans and wheat, with additional areas of wetlands and woodlands also being protected by the conservation easement.


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July 6, 2017
First Order Tributary on the Wellspring Mountain property. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy.
LOWGAP, N.C.—Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) announced today the purchase of the historic Camp E-Mun-Talee by Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and Wellspring Mountain, Inc. The 500-acre property, located in western Surry County and previously home to the Eckerd Youth Alternatives program for troubled youth, includes a 40-acre campsite with 18 structures for lodging and activities. The remainder of the property is under a conservation easement held by PLC. 

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June 14, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — C&S Wholesale Grocers and U-Haul joined with The Conservation Fund today to announce their commitment to protecting forest-based supply chains. Each company will start by measuring and then offsetting a portion of their wood fiber use—from pulpwood to cardboard paper products—by contributing to the ongoing conservation of more than 8,700 acres of working forestland surrounding Success Pond in Northeastern New Hampshire. 

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June 9, 2017

“The Conservation Fund is proud to be the recipient of two Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) awarded by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS’s partnership-driven approach inspires creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms, ranches and private forests; and ultimately improves water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat in ways that benefit local communities.

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May 24, 2017

REDFIELD, N.Y.—Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced today the protection of 3,236 acres of working forestland in the Towns of Redfield and Orwell. This conservation effort will help to secure the working landscape of the Tug Hill region that provides vital economic support to local communities. 

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May 17, 2017

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. —The Conservation Fund today announced the grant recipients for the On Track with Healthy Foods grants program, sponsored by CSX. Nine community- and faith-based groups will receive grants to increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable and underserved communities in the Twin Counties. 

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May 8, 2017

Keene, NH—This year, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and The Conservation Fund celebrate a decade-long partnership to address climate change and habitat loss by protecting and restoring America’s forests.

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May 4, 2017
This release was distributed by United Bank and published here with permission. To view the original posting, click here

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V.—United Bank, Inc., a subsidiary of United Bankshares, Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered in West Virginia, recently announced the investment of $500,000 in the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF). NCIF, a small business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast, will use the funds to support its small business lending to underserved communities throughout the state. NCIF is based in Shepherdstown.

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