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Redefining Conservation

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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April 22, 2019|By Gates Watson
Photo by Sprout Films.

The Crabb family had a big dream—to own and protect the nearly 9,000-acre working ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front they had managed for the past 11 years. During the process they conserved a landscape that serves as a lifeblood for their family and for the wildlife that also depend on it.

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March 25, 2019|By Peg Kohring
Photo by Lindsey Walker

Having practical farming knowledge and skills increases the opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to find stable jobs and economic success upon reintegration. There are a variety of ways in which The Conservation Fund assists beginning farmers, and Peg shares with us the details on initiatives designed to protect the land while building healthier food systems and offering productive jobs in West Virginia. 

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March 11, 2019|By Steve Schewel and David Proper
Photo by Zhivko Illeieff

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March 1, 2019|By Jena Thompson Meredith
Photo by Seth Patterson

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February 14, 2019|By Bill Crouch
Harriet Tubman. Photo credit: U.S. Archives

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January 28, 2019|By Robin Murphy

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January 14, 2019|By Emily Korest

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December 31, 2018|By Kathleen Sandt
Photo by Kyle Shenk.

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