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Redefining Conservation

September 28, 2015|By Will Allen
Will Allen

When I started my career at The Conservation Fund about 20 years ago, cities and nature were usually seen as two separate things. Many strategic conservation planning efforts focused on finding the best places to protect nature from people. But as Dr. David Maddox, the founder of Nature in Cities accurately proclaims, “Cities are ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure.” Thankfully that reality is now being acknowledged and an exciting and expanding movement is emerging to connect people to nature and to invest in green infrastructure that helps make cities sustainable, resilient, and livable.

One strategy to link people and nature is through protection of nature next to cities—creating defined edges or transition zones between developed areas and their surrounding natural areas and working landscapes. Another strategy to link people and nature is through integration of nature into cities—purposefully protecting and restoring green infrastructure inside urban areas, including the reuse of vacant and underutilized lands. 

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April 24, 2015|By
At the southeastern tip of Texas the 97,000-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the two remaining ocelot populations in the nation, making it the center for conservation and recovery efforts for these endangered cats. A haven of biodiversity, the complex safeguards more than 17 federally threatened, endangered and migratory species including ocelot and aplomado falcon.  It is estimated that 95% of the native vegetation here has been impacted by agricultural and development.

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April 21, 2015|By
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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April 20, 2015|By
This excerpted Op-Ed by The Conservation Fund's President and CEO, Larry Selzer, and Apple's Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, originally appeared on April 16, 2015. The Conservation Fund and Apple are partnering to help protect working forests in the United States through the Fund's Working Forest Fund. This is a precedent-setting initiative that will help protect more than 36,000 acres of these forests. For the U.S. in particular, this initiative comes at a critical time, as the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental and economic challenges.  

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April 7, 2015|By
Imagine you are walking across a vast landscape, trying to make your way through some dense seemingly endless vegetation. Above you fly aplomado falcons, green jays and Altamira orioles.    Around you  a multitude of butterfly species painted in red, orange, and blue flutter through the bush. All of a sudden, from the top of a tree you see an ocelot with beautiful gold and black print run down the trunk and into the thick brush.  And you realized you just witnessed one of the most unique features about this animal – its ability to run straight down objects as a defense mechanism. Where are you?

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March 15, 2015|By
At The Conservation Fund we understand that the environment and economics go hand in hand.  We work with industry leaders to help their business make a meaningful and lasting difference in places where their employees and customers live, work and play.  For example, we’re working with companies big and small to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that can also restore habitat for wildlife too. These partnerships are forged all year round, with businesses of all shapes and sizes, but springtime is particularly special.

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March 11, 2015|By
The Conservation Fund’s carbon programs illustrate that a vision outlined 30 years ago resonates still today; conservation in the United States can address our most critical environmental issues while making good economic sense. Happy 30th Anniversary to The Conservation Fund - we are honored to contribute to the mission.

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December 18, 2014|By Carrie Gombos
Carrie Gombos
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA’s proposed rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan, was released on June 2, 2014, and will set guidelines for states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. The proposed rule defines existing sources as those that were operating or had begun construction by January 8, 2014.

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December 15, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
Get Outside and Go Wild
Nearly 50 years ago the The North Face® was founded with the mission to build the best gear for the outdoors, support the preservation of wild places and inspire a global movement of outdoor exploration. Today the North Face is still passionate about its mission and exploration but it is also exploring important ways to reduce its carbon emissions and to address climate change.

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December 7, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
On the Wings of Eagles
On the seventh anniversary of a partnership between The Philadelphia Eagles and The Conservation Fund to protect and restore forests for wildlife and people, there are many reasons to stand up and cheer.

The Eagles have been all star players for The Conservation Fund, donating each year to zero out the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the team’s travel by planting trees and restoring habitat for wildlife.

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November 26, 2014|By Gloria Gonzalez
Beyond Carbon
Much of the discussion during next month’s international climate negotiations in Lima, Peru will revolve around halting tropical forest loss to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But Ecosystem Marketplace’s latest report on the voluntary and compliance markets shows forest carbon projects already having an impact – an impact that could multiply if the right policy signals are sent.

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August 21, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
2014 SFI Annual Conference
Every day, The Conservation Fund works to prevent the loss of America’s last large and intact privately-held forests. With a core belief that environmental protection and economic vitality fundamentally reinforce one another, we strive to ensure the forests’ vital role in providing clean air, water and wildlife habitat, while guaranteeing they also benefit people in communities across America.

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August 6, 2014|By Scott Settelmyer
Scott Settelmyer
Last week, I attended the 4th annual summit of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) with 700 other fans of both sports and the environment.  The Green Sports Alliance is an organization dedicated to helping sports teams, venues, and leagues  enhance their environmental performance.  The organization has more than 250 members including Go Zero partner Philadelphia Eagles, the NHL, and the NBA, to name a few.

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May 26, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
Two Projects Make Carbon History
The Conservation Fund is proud to announce North America’s first two reforestation projects verified to the standards of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCB Standards) at the Gold Level.  CCB verification at Red River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Louisiana and Marais des Cygnes NWR in Kansas ensures that both projects meet objectives related to trapping carbon, providing habitat for wildlife and creating positive benefits for nearby communities outlined five years ago when the projects were initiated.

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April 21, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
Reimagining The Water Cycle
Do you remember learning about the water cycle when you were young? The water cycle at the Garcia River Forest along California’s North Coast is straight out of a textbook. 

Spanning 24,000 acres along the Garcia River in Mendocino County, this forest is owned and operated by the nonprofit Conservation Fund as a sustainably-managed, working forest. Rivers and streams shelter endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout. These same waterways snake their way through the forest and drain into the Pacific Ocean.

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April 21, 2014|By Kristin Adams
How To Hug A Tree
Two summers ago, my dear friend and I went on a 500+ mile epic hike called Camino de Santiago across Spain. We started on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains in Saint Jean Pied de Port, hiked up and over the Pyrenees mountain range, and all the way across northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the most North West region of Galecia.

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April 11, 2014|By Alterra Hetzel
Dell’s Plant-A-Tree Program
In November we  pulled out one of our Dell laptops and tapped into a live stream cast of VERGE in San Francisco to watch Dell’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Trisa Thompson, unveil Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good plan. Released the day before, this plan outlines Dell’s commitment to doing 10 times as much good as the footprint that Dell is leaving behind. Dell aims to expand its story beyond reducing its footprint to something much more ambitious – creating a positive, measurable and lasting impact on the planet’s environment, communities, and people.

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