Type of Place

Vibrant Communities


A vibrant community has a healthy environment and a healthy economy. That’s why we work toward both goals, by helping communities strategically plan development, train leaders in conservation, and sustainably use natural resources. 

Projects

A Bright Future for Rocky Fork

A Bright Future for Rocky Fork

The nearly 10,000-acre Rocky Fork property lies within Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and abuts the Pisgah National Forest...
Adirondack Park

Adirondack Park

Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, Adirondack Park is a unique collection of public...
An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

As one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles region should be a recognized leader in park...
Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative

Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative

For a relatively small city, Ann Arbor is a happening place—urbane and collegiate, but also earthy and unpretentious. Downtown...
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Located in DeKalb County, just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is widely valued for...
Atlanta Green Space Assessment

Atlanta Green Space Assessment

In 2005, the City of Atlanta was losing 500 acres of open space each week to development. Historically, the...
Atlanta Parks

Atlanta Parks

Conservation efforts, especially in urban areas, often are complicated; but we’ve taken on the challenge in Atlanta with both environmental...
Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County

Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County

Known as “The Valley Beautiful,” this rural Appalachian community is prime for development, but it is also home to...
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is often referred to as the “Everglades of the North.” Located in the Chesapeake Bay region,...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

As one of the most visited units of the National Park Service (NPS), the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes more than...
Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market

With 28 outdoor seasonal farmers markets, Boston has a vibrant local food scene. And like the city itself, these...
Camp Francis Nature Preserve

Camp Francis Nature Preserve

Camp Francis in the western Connecticut towns of Kent and Warren has been a wilderness hideaway for more than...
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Over 400 years ago, Captain John Smith arrived in the New World—and changed it forever. In addition to helping...
Chena Greenbelt Project

Chena Greenbelt Project

The Chena Greenbelt is a multi-partner effort to link approximately 30 properties together to form a network of green...
Chicago Wilderness Vision

Chicago Wilderness Vision

An ambitious agenda to create a vibrant green infrastructure of protected and restored lands and waters in the four-state...
City of Brentwood

City of Brentwood

Access to the outdoors is a health and quality of life issue for all Americans, but especially those living...
Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus on Antietam

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus on Antietam

Known as the bloodiest single-day battle in the Civil War, the battle of Antietam took place on September 17,...
Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Maryland

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Maryland

At the Fund, we believe America’s history is found in our landscapes.  By conserving significant landscapes, we can ensure our nation’s...
Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay region is one of the most vulnerable areas in the nation to sea level rise induced...
Conetoe Family Life Center

Conetoe Family Life Center

Conetoe, a small town of just 287 people, is located in rural northeastern North Carolina, in a county that...
Connecticut River Valley

Connecticut River Valley

With some of the best farmland anywhere and historic properties throughout the region, the Connecticut River Valley is a...
Conservation Efforts in Detroit

Conservation Efforts in Detroit

With a generation of young adults leaving in droves to find work, population decline is a serious issue with far-reaching consequences...
Conservation In The Chesapeake Bay

Conservation In The Chesapeake Bay

From New York to Virginia, more than 40 major rivers link land and people to the Chesapeake Bay. How...
CSX: West Virginia

CSX: West Virginia

Healthy Food Distribution Initiative In West Virginia, one in five children has limited or no access to fresh fruits, vegetables,...
East Fork Headwaters

East Fork Headwaters

Situated on the North and South Carolina border, near or adjacent to more than 100,000 acres of existing conservation...
Educational Tall Ship in San Francisco

Educational Tall Ship in San Francisco

The Conservation Fund supports efforts to protect places where children can get outdoors and learn about nature. Often those...
Environmental Stewardship: Maryland Route 301

Environmental Stewardship: Maryland Route 301

The Maryland State Highway Administration turned to us to identify and evaluate conservation and restoration opportunities in the vicinity...
Farm Creek Preserve, Norwalk Land Trust

Farm Creek Preserve, Norwalk Land Trust

The mud flats and salt marshes of Long Island Sound’s tidal estuaries are havens for oysters, osprey, herons, egrets...
Fiery Gizzard Trail

Fiery Gizzard Trail

Fiery Gizzard is a place many Tennesseans hold dear. It is the heart of the South Cumberland Plateau and...
Food and Farm Initiative

Food and Farm Initiative

Though the region is surrounded by large agricultural lands, half of North Carolina’s “food deserts” are located in the...