Wild Havens


Caribou in Alaska. Photo by Dawn Nichols/iStockphoto.com

From grizzly bears to songbirds, animals need wild havens where they can safely eat, rest, migrate or live. We rely on these landscapes, too. Wild havens offer us an escape into the outdoors. The projects below represent some of the natural areas we’re working to protect.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Ice-Age-Trail_NPS_390x260

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Wisconsin? Consider this: Just 15,000 years ago, during what is known as the Ice Age, the northern U.S.—including Wisconsin—was blanketed with mile-thick glaciers. There’s perhaps no better way… Read More

Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail kayaker

Paddlers have a great new website for navigating the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (SECT). This extensive trail allows for travel along an unbroken trail of tidal marshes and rivers more than 760 miles along the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina,… Read More

Upper Green River Valley Initiative cattle ranch

The Conservation Fund and a host of partners launched the Upper Green River Valley Initiative in 2008 to conserve and enhance key wildlife habitat and agricultural lands in the region. To date, we have worked with numerous public and private… Read More

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

Encompassing a diverse array of habitat types, from the high, dry deserts of the Great Basin to the wet, lower-elevation forests of the Pacific Coast, Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument stretches across more than 54,000 acres in southwest Oregon, just north of the… Read More

San Juan National Historic Park San-Juan-Island_Katie-and-Ian_flickr_390x260

Located just a short ferry ride or flight away from mainland Washington, the beautiful San Juan Islands are a favorite destination for kayakers, hikers, whale watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. San Juan Island National Historical Park, found on San Juan Island,… Read More

Delaware’s “First State National Monument” Woodlawn property, future National Park

The Obama Administration designated the First State National Monument in Delaware on March 25, 2013. Finally, more than 140 years after America’s first national park was created, all 50 states are represented in our park system. The new monument includes… Read More

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Maurepas National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

About 25 miles outside New Orleans, cypress and tupelo trees tower over a classic southern swamp, where herons cast lanky shadows, alligators slink beneath greenish surface waters, and boaters take it all in. This is Maurepas Swamp—a place that is… Read More

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge Mollicy Farm unit at Upper Ouachita NWR

The Ouachita River flows through Louisiana’s landscape for more than 600 miles beginning just 20 miles north of Monroe and stretching more than 42,500 acres north over the Lower Mississippi River Valley. It is the defining feature of the region… Read More

Little River Canyon Waterfall at Little River Canyon

Clean and wild, the Little River in northeast Alabama is America’s longest mountaintop river, cutting through the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Travel along the 11-mile scenic drive on the west rim, and you can stop at overlooks to… Read More

A Bright Future For Rocky Fork Rocky Fork creek

Success! After nearly five years of hard work, we were thrilled to convey the final piece of Rocky Fork, the largest tract of unprotected land in the southern Appalachian Mountains, to the U.S. Forest Service in September 2012. Located along… Read More

Saving San Diego’s Open Space San Diego hills and sage brush

San Diego is known for its miles of coastline and beautiful beaches. But there is more to this coastal ecosystem than just sand and surf: other landscapes, such as coastal sage brush and forest habitat, also are critical to maintaining the… Read More

Upper Snake River boating on Snake River Idaho

An area known for its world-class fishing and other great recreational opportunities, the Snake River attracts thousands of tourists from around the world each year.  But the beauty of this area also brings the desire for development, which threatens the… Read More

Big Thicket National Preserve Trail at Big Thicket, Texas

Renowned as the “biological crossroads of North America,” Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home… Read More

Meeteetse Spires In The Beartooth Mountains Meeteetsee Spires

In early 2010 we completed the second and final phase of a land conservation project that adds 560 acres to the Meeteetse Spires Area of Critical Environmental Concern in the Beartooth Mountains. This project is a great example of how… Read More

Rocky Mountain Front Rocky Mountain Front

Where Montana’s dramatic peaks give way to the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain Front forms a landscape unlike any other in America. The Front represents some of the nation’s rarest wildlife habitat—where grizzly bears still roam freely from the… Read More

Grizzly Bears In The Rocky Mountain Front grizzly bear

Big and burly, grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) are an icon of American wildlife. One of the largest mammals in North America, approximately 50,000 grizzlies lived in the continental United States until the 1800s, when settlers began moving in and cities grew…. Read More

Protecting The “Path Of The Pronghorn” In Wyoming Pronghorn antelope running

Out West, few animals are as famous as the pronghorn antelope. First celebrated by explorers Lewis and Clark, the pronghorn is graceful and swift, with a top running speed of about 55 miles per hour—surpassed on land only by the… Read More

Three Sisters Springs In Crystal River endangered manatee

Three Sisters Springs is made up of pristine, naturally occurring springs and is one of Florida’s last remaining urban springs. During the winter months, as well as cold fronts, the springs are home to more than 150 endangered manatees, a… Read More

Behold! The Prairie Chicken Prairie Chicken Photo By Doug Dance

Best known for its mating “dance” where the male stomps his feet and lets out a “booming” sound from the orange sacs on the side of his neck, the prairie chicken has a distinguished place in American culture. Maybe you’ve… Read More

Habitat Protection For The Florida Panther florida-panther-connie-bransiler-USFWS-390x260

The Florida panther is the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. Although you’ll see the Florida panther on everything from license plates to the state hockey team’s jersey, this elusive cat was one of the first animals… Read More

Kanapaha Prairie Whooping Cranes

Kanapaha Prairie, near Gainesville in Alachua County, is part of north-central Florida’s vast system of wet prairies. As a wet prairie, Kanapaha benefits both Florida’s residents and wildlife: it not only sustains a diversity of birds and other animals, but… Read More

Mispillion Harbor Red Knot bird

Does saving one mile make a difference?  At Mispillion Harbor it does. Mispillion is a critical stopover for the red knot and with threats to coastal lands and declining red knot populations, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan recognizes this vulnerable… Read More

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Sea and sky at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

We’ve worked for more than a decade to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire lands for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. To date, we’ve saved nearly 8,000 acres at the refuge; but conservation at Blackwater is about more than… Read More

Wind Cave National Park Buffalo jump at Wind Cave National Park

In 2011, the Fund worked with the National Park Service to add more than 5,500 acres to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Considered a sacred place by the Lakota, Wind Cave is one of the longest and most… Read More

Neches River Kayaking on Neches River

Often referred to as Texas’ last “wild” river, the Neches flows more than 415 miles through east Texas, primarily through the Big Thicket region, and into Sabine Lake on the Gulf Coast, forming a natural boundary between many counties including Van Zandt and… Read More

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge migratory birds san bernard nwr

Our passion for conservation means we’re dedicated to saving land—no matter how complex the project. That’s why, over the past few years, the Fund has helped expand the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge by more than 5,000 acres. The San… Read More

Thousand Islands Aerial view of Indian River Lagoon, Florida

We brought our passion for conservation to our work in Florida’s Thousands Islands, a place where, according to Cocoa Beach Mayor Skip Beeler, “people of all ages are reminded of the magic of nature.” Thanks to the Fund and a… Read More

Palmetto-Peartree Preserve Birdwatching at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve

The Conservation Fund established the 10,000-acre Palmetto-Peartree Preserve in 1999 with funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The preserve serves as an endangered species mitigation bank for the red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW).  Protection of the RCWs at the preserve… Read More

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Internationally recognized for the importance of its wetlands, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, at the tip of the Alaskan peninsula, contains one of the largest eelgrass beds in the world. Threatened Steller’s eider and more than 90 percent of the world’s… Read More

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Canaan Valley West Virginia

Situated at 3,200 feet above sea level, Canaan Valley is the highest valley of its size east of the Rockies. There is a rich and unusual diversity in this wetland valley, where high altitude and a cold, humid climate produce… Read More

Bobcat Ridge Bobcat Ridge

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… Read More

Totogatic River Totagatic River

The Totogatic River flows for 70 miles through five counties in northern Wisconsin, forming a wild and pristine stream in the St. Croix River Basin and the Mississippi River watershed. As one of the few remaining wilderness streams in Wisconsin,… Read More

Florida Keys: Key Tree-Cactus Preserve Endangered Key Tree Cactus

Manatee. Florida Panther.  Two well-known endangered species.  We’ve helped with conservation efforts to save habitat for both these animals; but we’ve also helped with a land conservation project in the Florida Keys that not only saves a beautiful piece of property… Read More

Blair’s Wharf: Completing The James River National Wildlife Refuge bald eagle

For more than 25 years, the Fund has worked with partners to fulfill their conservation goals.  In 2010, we transferred 125 acres and nearly a mile of shoreline along the James River in Prince George County to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife… Read More

Ouachita National Forest View of Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma

The Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres across Oklahoma and Arkansas. This beautiful forest has mountains, lakes, rivers and trails open to the public for exploration and recreational activities such as hiking, camping, biking, hunting and fishing. This forest is also the location of what is… Read More