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September 10, 2019| Community Development
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| Community Development

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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May 2, 2019| Community Development
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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March 25, 2019| Community Development
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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August 13, 2018| Community Development
Eric Wuestewald

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May 15, 2018| Community Development
Photo credit: Sam Dean

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February 19, 2018| Community Development
Bob Thomson

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August 25, 2017| Community Development
Photo by Nate Simms

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August 21, 2017| Community Development
Bicky Redman

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July 24, 2017| Community Development
J.D. Belcher

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April 25, 2017| Community Development
Jena Thompson Meredith

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November 21, 2016| Community Development
Abbi Peters

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May 30, 2016| Community Development
The Black Mountains. Photo by Timothy Brown/Flickr.

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May 16, 2016| Community Development
Kendra Briechle

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May 5, 2016| Community Development
Greg Lynch

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February 8, 2016| Community Development

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April 21, 2015| Community Development
As we commemorate Earth Day, The Conservation Fund’s Jena Thompson Meredith blogs about our partnership with UPS and the critical role it plays in helping to protect the forests of California’s North Coast. Check out an excerpt below and click here for the full post.

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