Bobcat Ridge. Photo by Buck Vaughan/The Conservation Fund
To save some of America’s best forests before they become shopping malls, vineyards or subdivisions, we deploy our Working Forest Fund, a dedicated source of capital. Our goal is to purchase and manage key forests as working land that’s sustainably harvested, providing timber revenue, jobs, clean water and wildlife habitat at the same time.
In 2011, we tapped the Working Forest Fund to purchase a 7,000-acre property in eastern Texas known as Bobcat Ridge, which includes 11 miles of the Neches River. We hope to add part of this land to the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge and protect the rest through voluntary conservation agreements with buyers.