Through our Land Conservation Loan Program, we’ve helped local nonprofits protect favorite places such as battlefields, state parks, natural areas, forests, farms, historic sites, trails and more.  This loan program has conserved more than 95,000 acres across 30 states—lands valued at nearly $200 million. Choose from the success stories below to learn more about what has been accomplished through this loan program:

  • Silvio O. Conte National Fish And Wildlife Refuge

    Falls colors in a meadow at Silvio O. Conte NWR

    The Fund helps communities save their favorite outdoor places. This was the case in 2011 when a local land trust wanted to save 32 acres in the town of Hadley from development. The property had been subdivided into four house lots and… Read More

  • Saving A 300-Year-Old Colonial Settlement Site In Connecticut

    waterfall at sheep farm

    The town of Groton, Connecticut, has a long history dating to before its incorporation in 1705, and the 63-acre Sheep Farm property is part of that history. When the Groton Open Space Association (GOSA), which works to save historic and… Read More

  • Historic Waterfront, Southampton

    New Suffolk Waterfront

    Over the past 25 years, the community of New Suffolk in Southampton, New York, has rallied to protect the coastal hamlet’s historic waterfront from encroaching residential and commercial development.  Today, the property that has been described as the village’s “living… Read More

  • Brandywine Battlefield: A Revolutionary War Historic Site

    birds flying over Brandywine Battlefield

    When America declared its independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, a long and fierce fight was just beginning to unfold across the farms and meadows of our new nation. The American Revolution lasted more than five grueling years—and forever… Read More

  • Farm Creek Preserve, Norwalk

    Farm Creek Connecticut

    Sometimes big conservation can be accomplished by small organizations—particularly with some help from The Conservation Fund. Take, for example, the Norwalk Land Trust in Connecticut. An all-volunteer group with an annual budget of less than $10,000, the trust just purchased… Read More