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Redefining Conservation

December 2, 2019|By The Conservation Fund
Photo credit: Adam Mowery

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November 29, 2019|By Eric Wuestewald

Years ago, the vitality of Hayesville—a small, rural town in the southwest corner of North Carolina and the county seat of Clay County—was fading. Then a small group of volunteers known as the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) came together and used the community’s unique culture, history and heritage to bring their hometown back to life. 

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November 25, 2019|By Kelsi Eccles
Photo by Kelsi Eccles.

Atlanta’s newest Park with Purpose, Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park, was officially opened to the public in November 2019. Two of Atlanta’s most dedicated park advocates were on hand for the ribbon-cutting event, and The Conservation Fund’s Kelsi Eccles spoke with them about why they invest their time and energy in these public parks and what they think needs to be done to strengthen community development.

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November 20, 2019|By Will Allen
The global aquaculture industry is more dynamic than ever, and this year’s Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum, held November 5-6 in Stanford, California, faithfully continued its tradition of connecting seafood businesses to interested investors. The Conservation Fund’s Will Allen reports on his top takeaways from the conference and the future of the seafood industry.

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November 18, 2019|By Robin McKinney
24-year-old Demetrius Milling. Photo by Stacy Funderburke.
As the number of working farmers declines in America, some new growers are entering the field—bringing hope, energy and a fresh mindset to the business. Many young and beginning farmers do not come from farming families but are looking for a way to experience what they feel is too frequently overlooked in the modern age: a connection to nature, stewardship of the land and sustainability.

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November 11, 2019|By Val Keefer
Photo by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

When the owner of Love Farm decided to sell his property, his main goal was to maintain the recreational integrity of the land. He worked with The Conservation Fund and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to ensure the property would remain permanently protected and open to the public, while continuing to provide unique outdoor recreation opportunities for youth who have lost a parent in combat or while serving active duty. 

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November 4, 2019|By Rachael Joiner
Photo by EcoPhotography.

In a world that often sees business and environment as separate, Domtar’s Johnsonburg Paper Mill and The Conservation Fund are showcasing how industry can promote environmental protection and create economic vitality for rural communities across the country. 

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October 23, 2019|By Jena Thompson Meredith
Stuart Place Elementary students planting during Rio Reforestation. Photo by USFWS.

Dell and The Conservation Fund joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and community members in south Texas to plant thousands of trees as part of Rio Reforestation—a community tree-planting event celebrating its 28th successful year. Since the first Rio Reforestation, volunteers and partners have planted nearly 300,000 trees across 775 acres, providing benefits to wildlife, water systems, and climate.

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October 7, 2019|By Marten Jenkins
Photo by Ivan LaBianca.
From the coalfields of Central Appalachia to the coastal plain of the Southeast, communities are struggling to find their footing in the face of major economic upheavals: the shrinking of the coal industry, the decline of rural manufacturing and agricultural mainstays (textiles, furniture and tobacco), and the Great Recession. Since 2001, the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) has provided entrepreneurs in underserved communities with the transformational capital and business assistance they need to thrive. 

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September 26, 2019|By Kristyn Brady
Photo by Shannon Tompkins.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated annually since 1972 on the fourth Saturday of September, promotes outdoor sports and celebrates the contributions of hunters and anglers as supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. In recognition of National Hunting and Fishing day, we bring you this repost from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) featuring Callie Easterly, The Conservation Fund’s Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Gulf Coast, and her work to expand hunting and fishing access on a national wildlife refuge in Texas.

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September 10, 2019|By Kendra Briechle and Julie Graham
Bald River Falls. Photo by VHM Photography courtesy Explore Tennessee River Valley.
Gateway communities are towns and counties geographically located next to public lands and natural wonders. Helping gateway communities succeed has a massive impact on our public lands, our economy and our society. Find out how The Conservation Fund’s work in Appalachia is helping gateway communities attract visitors and residents by taking a fresh view of the resources at their doorsteps that provide intrinsic as well as economic value. 

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September 4, 2019|By Kathleen Marks

As Hurricane Dorian threatens the entire southeastern coast, we are reminded that the need for preparedness and strong partnerships is essential in all communities—including rural, low-income communities and communities of color that are often excluded from traditional recovery efforts. A recent gathering hosted by The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program brought together hurricane survivors, grassroots organizers and government officials to collaborate on how to make hurricane recovery efforts more efficient and inclusive. 

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September 2, 2019|By Ainsley Pittman
Photo by Sprout Films.

Our donors are the key to The Conservation Fund’s success. Together, we’re creating solutions that balance land acquisition with sustaining communities. And while the Fund is a national organization, our accomplishments are delivered locally. The continued gifts of our donors allow us to act quickly, creating and implementing innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life. But what motivates our donors to give? 

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July 15, 2019|By Emy Brawley
Photo by Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com.

What do Minnesota cattle ranchers, Ann Arbor salad greens growers, and Wisconsin dairy farmers have in common?  They’ve partnered with The Conservation Fund’s Midwest team to permanently protect productive agricultural lands and facilitate farmland access for the next generation of farmers. Find out how conservation easements are helping the next generation of farmers gain access to the lands they need and will call home.

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July 2, 2019|By Robin Murphy
Photo by Zhivko Illeieff. 

A celebratory event was held on June 28, 2019 to mark the completion of a decade-long collaborative effort to ensure protection of the historic Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River in Richmond County, Virginia. The 252-acre site has been added to the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge for permanent protection.   

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June 17, 2019|By Robin McKinney
Photo by Nathan Burton.

Many young people are leading the conversation about climate change across this country and the world. A group of these young leaders met recently at a summit in rural, eastern North Carolina, where severe storms have brought the issues of climate change and resiliency into sharp focus. 

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May 17, 2019|By Kacee Kirschvink
Jake Ballard and Laurie Lomas Gonzales. Photo courtesy of Entergy.

Employees from Entergy Texas, Inc. recently rolled up their sleeves and headed to Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge to help U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff take steps to control invasive species in a newly forested area of the refuge. Entergy is part of a large-scale effort led by The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore bottomland hardwood forests at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge that benefit our climate, communities and wildlife. Support from Entergy is planting thousands of trees and inspiring a new generation of environmental stewards through internship opportunities. Learn more about how this landscape is making a comeback in this blog from Entergy, reposted here with permission.

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May 2, 2019|By Ryan Fikes and Ray Herndon
Photo by USFWS.

In April 2019—nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—The Conservation Fund, elected officials and numerous partners celebrated a recent success: the conservation of critical land, water and wildlife at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge along the Alabama Gulf Coast. By ensuring this land remains protected, the surrounding coastal ecosystems will support at-risk habitats, local tourism and business development. 

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