Tom Duffus

Vice President, Midwest Region, Conservation Acquisition 


Tom DuffusTom provides leadership for land conservation partnerships in the American Midwest and Canada. He is a commissioner on the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, serves as chair of The Conservation Fund’s Land Conservation Loan Committee, and provides leadership in other areas and geographies for The Fund.

Tom has worked in land conservation since 1985, conserving roughly 500,000 acres of land and raising significant sums of private, mitigation and public funds for land conservation. He has extensive experience conserving forestland as well as farm, recreation, endangered species and wilderness lands, and is an experienced conservation easement practitioner.

Prior to coming to The Conservation Fund in 2005, Tom worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust. He holds a Master of Forest Science degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Contact: tduffus@conservationfund.org  218-722-2393

Featured Projects

Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park

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Pershing State Park

Pershing State Park

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Neu

Neu's Point and Och's Point State Wildlife Management Areas

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Upper Mississippi Forest Project

Upper Mississippi Forest Project

Minnesota exemplifies a nationwide trend in forest loss: In the last 20 years the state has lost over a...
Totagatic River

Totagatic River

The Totagatic River flows for 70 miles through five counties in northern Wisconsin, forming a wild and pristine stream...
Sturgeon River

Sturgeon River

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Palisades Preserve

Palisades Preserve

In 2007, the Fund aided the Great Rivers Land Trust and its partners in the creation of the Palisades...
Nemadji River And Douglas County Forest

Nemadji River And Douglas County Forest

Back in 2010, the Fund worked with Douglas County to protect nearly 4,000 acres along the Nemadji River, safeguarding...
Namekagon Barrens

Namekagon Barrens

The Namekagon Barrens in northwest Wisconsin are actually anything but barren. The mix of brush, prairie and forest provide...
Minnesota Northwoods

Minnesota Northwoods

Minnesota’s outdoor legacy is renowned. But across much of northern Minnesota, large swaths of industrial forestland—or those lands owned...
Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership

Minnesota Forest Legacy Partnership

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Lower Wisconsin River

Lower Wisconsin River

The Fund protected more than 400 acres along the Wisconsin River—one of the largest remaining parcels of Wisconsin River...
Helping the YMCA of Duluth Save Camp Miller

Helping the YMCA of Duluth Save Camp Miller

For more than a century, the YMCA of Duluth has offered summer resident camps and outdoor, environmental education opportunities...
Good Earth State Park

Good Earth State Park

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Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest

Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest

Working forests define the northern Wisconsin landscape, providing timber for the state’s mills, jobs for local residents, tax revenues...
Brule River State Forest

Brule River State Forest

Anyone seeking to escape into the great outdoors can do so in Wisconsin’s Brule River State Forest. This forest...