Featured Projects

Our Strategic Conservation work includes planning for green infrastructure, mitigation, optimized land acquisition and more. Here are just some of our projects:

  • An Emerald Necklace For Los Angeles

    Cameron McIntyre

    Conservationists in Los Angeles County, California, are converting abandoned lots, empty street medians and other neglected spots into pockets of green that ultimately will connect 62 cities in an “emerald necklace” of parks and trails from the San Gabriel Forest… Read More

  • Metro Atlanta Open Space Assessment

    Piedmont Park, Atlanta

    In 2005, the City of Atlanta was losing 500 acres of open space each week to development. Historically, the city has had one of the nation’s lowest percentages of park space per capita.  But The Conservation Fund is working to… Read More

  • Green Infrastructure Plans For Houston-Galveston

    Aerial of Galveston Bay, Texas

    Greater Houston is America’s sixth-largest metroplex—and growing. In less than 30 years, the Houston-Galveston area is expected to gain 3.5 million people, bringing the area population to nearly 10 million. Now is the time for officials, planners, builders and other… Read More

  • Using Strategic Conservation To Address Pipeline Impacts

    The Conservation Fund NiSource Mitigation Plan Summary cover photo

    NiSource Inc. (NiSource), a Fortune 500 natural gas transmission and storage company, operates a 15,500 linear mile network of natural gas pipelines through 14 states. These pipelines extend from the Gulf of Mexico to New York and from the Atlantic… Read More

  • Open Space Plan For Nashville

    Nashville skyline

    Like many American cities, fast-growing Nashville needs green strategy. Obesity-related conditions cost area residents an estimated $255 million annually. There are too few places for people to easily access the outdoors, with only about 3% of Davidson County in metro… Read More

  • Baltimore County, Doing More With Less

    Baltimore conservation map

    With one of the nation’s most established farmland preservation efforts, Baltimore County in 2006 reached a major milestone: preserving 40,000 acres of farmland, half its overall goal. But how would the County accomplish the rest, with limited funds? The Baltimore County… Read More

  • Strategic Conservation Plans For Nevada

    Western Nevada landscape

    The Nevada Land Conservancy asked us to help think strategically about western Nevada, the Sierra Front range and areas along border states of California and Oregon—a vast expanse covering 30 million acres. We’re producing a series of planning tools to help… Read More

  • Maryland Moves Forward: Route 301

    bridge over Potomac River

    The Maryland State Highway Administration turned to us to identify and evaluate conservation and restoration opportunities in the vicinity of the US 301 Waldorf Transportation Improvements Project in Maryland’s Charles and Prince George’s counties. Our Conservation Leadership Network and strategic conservation… Read More

  • Green Infrastructure Plan In East Texas

    Angelina Lufkin Green Infrastructure map

    Lufkin–Angelina County is part of the colorful east Texas Pineywoods. In 2008, we completed a green infrastructure plan to help the region protect the best of its natural assets and encourage economic development. We convened a leadership forum of 50… Read More

  • Helping Houston Expand City Parks

    Houston skyline

    The Houston Parks Board and its funding partner, the Houston Endowment, have committed to being strategic with parkland acquisition, so that conservation protects environmentally significant areas while adhering to master plans. With land costs high and minimal vacant land that’s… Read More

  • Greening The Crossroads: Central Indiana

    midwest farm

    Good green infrastructure planning can have a major impact on the quality of life for residents of a region.  In 2010, the Fund designed a green infrastructure network that highlights more than 300,000 acres of high-quality land in need of… Read More

  • Green Infrastructure Plans For Central Delaware

    Green infrastructure map The Conservation Fund

    Confronting haphazard sprawl, Delaware state leaders turned to us in 2006 to assess the green infrastructure resources in Kent County. We convened a forum of public and private leaders to better understand conservation priorities and conducted original research to evaluate… Read More

  • Community Development Plan For Kona, Hawaii

    Section of green infrastructure map of Kona Hawaii

    The Kona, Hawaii, Community Development Plan provides a strategic framework for guiding future land development and conservation decisions in North and South Kona. We prepared a green infrastructure report as part of this landmark plan, which was recognized by the… Read More

  • Green Infrastructure Plans For Maryland’s Eastern Shore

    green infrastructure map

    Along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cecil County is primarily rural but also smack in the middle of a major metropolitan traffic corridor.  In 2006, we completed a green infrastructure plan identifying and offering guidance on the essential green infrastructure needed to… Read More