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Redefining Conservation

November 18, 2022|By Chris Little
Photo by Bri Dwyer.

We’re nearing the finish line on the Pedro Bay Rivers project! This collaborative effort aims to secure conservation easements on over 44,000 acres of vital salmon habitat threatened by Pebble Mine and conserve three of the most significant watersheds in Bristol Bay, Alaska. We need your support by the end of 2022 to raise the final funds needed to finance this project. Now is your chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime conservation opportunity.

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November 18, 2022|By Krisztian Varsa
Love Is Love Cooperative Farm. Photo by Addison Hill.

Cheers to an amazing first two years! We recently had the pleasure of celebrating with the farmers, partners and supporters responsible for the success of our Working Farms Fund initiative. While we wish we could have invited everyone to join us for the delicious, locally sourced meal and farm tour, we invite you now to keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look at the event and an incredible new video featuring some of the evening’s attendees. Join us!

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November 10, 2022|By Josh Lynsen

To all our nation’s veterans, we thank you for your service. The Conservation Fund recently helped secure a conservation easement to permanently protect Patriot Point, a 294-acre retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that provides a peaceful and secure environment for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members, and their families and caregivers, to heal and connect with one another.

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October 25, 2022|By Greg Good and Nick Morgan
Photo by Daniel Istvanko.

When infrastructure development for energy transmission and transportation impacts the natural habitats of endangered species, The Conservation Fund provides compensatory mitigation solutions with public agencies and private partners that achieve positive conservation outcomes for wildlife, including endangered bats. 

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October 10, 2022|By The Conservation Fund
Photo courtesy of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Cris Stainbrook, President of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, recently published an essay in Native News Online sharing his thoughts on a new and gracious path forward for land restoration work that honors tribal sovereignty while incentivizing best practices in land conservation.

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September 28, 2022|By Kelsi Eccles
Photo by Erik Fyfe.

The former Chattahoochee Brick Company site in Atlanta holds both environmental and historic importance, and we’re proud to have helped secure its protection. We could not accomplish this or any of our important conservation projects without working in partnership with organizations and passionate individuals. Meet an Atlanta native and community champion we partnered with to make this outcome a reality.

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September 12, 2022|By Callie Easterly
Callie Easterly.

Callie Easterly never imagined that she would be living on, managing and helping restore 12,376 acres of critical wetlands, coastal prairie and marshlands in Southeast Texas. But when The Conservation Fund bought the Sabine Ranch property for conservation and needed an onsite manager, Callie embarked on a new adventure that has brought her both intense joy and unexpected challenges. See for yourself why Callie has so much love for Sabine Ranch.

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August 10, 2022|By Steve Hobbs
Photo courtesy of Rachid Dahnoun.

California supports more people, wildlife species and diverse ecosystems than anywhere else in the country. Protecting its many unique places — from forests up north to deserts in the south — is critical in our fight against habitat loss and climate change. And with high development pressure, ravishing wildfires, food insecurity and more, conservation in California has never been more urgent.

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July 11, 2022|By Cathy Chavers

In June 2022, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, in partnership with The Conservation Fund and the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, announced the purchase of 28,089 acres of land to be restored within the Bois Forte Reservation in Minnesota. This historic land restoration was a result of planning, partnerships, and effort of many dedicated individuals, including Cathy Chavers, Tribal Chairwoman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and current President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Chairwoman Chavers shares with us what this historic event means to her and the Bois Forte tribal members.

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July 5, 2022|By The Conservation Fund
Photo by Jason Ching.

The New York Times recently published an essay by Jason Metrokin, President and CEO of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, which urges support for the permanent protection of Bristol Bay— a place defined by wild salmon — and how it is imperative that we guard it against the proposed Pebble Mine and other future threats.

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June 3, 2022|By The Conservation Fund
Photo by Stacy Funderburke.

From urban trail systems to the most remote wilderness hikes, The Conservation Fund has helped establish, connect and extend trails, as well as protect viewsheds, for some of America’s best hiking experiences. As we celebrate American Hiking Society’s 30th Annual National Trails Day®, we encourage you to get out and explore a trail near you. Let’s get inspired by learning about some of the great trails the Fund has helped protect.

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May 31, 2022|By Bri Dwyer
Bri Dwyer.

Sockeye salmon fishing is about to ramp up in Bristol Bay, Alaska as more than 60 million fish are expected to return, as they do year after year, to the rivers and streams within this globally important watershed. Thousands of people devote their lives to this pursuit during the height of the short summer season from June to July. Bristol Bay’s thriving sockeye salmon population depends on a healthy ecosystem—one that our Pedro Bay Rivers project is trying to permanently protect. We asked photographer Bri Dwyer to take us on a journey into the fishing culture of the area to find out what makes it so special, and why so many people in this community are lining up to support our preservation effort.

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May 29, 2022|By Lindsay White
Twin Lakes Forest. Photo by Devin Leonarduzzi (Quincy Aerial)

Conserving and maintaining working forests—and ultimately supporting the communities that depend on them—remains one of our top conservation priorities. It is especially important in Wisconsin, where more than 40 percent of the state is covered in forestland. Let’s visit three Wisconsin forests that we helped protect!

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May 16, 2022|By Will Allen
Sweetwater Lake. Photo by Todd Winslow Pierce.

Land protection requires perseverance, flexibility and, most importantly, funding in hand to buy land. Will Allen, Senior Vice President of The Conservation Fund, explains how the Great American Outdoors Act doubled the amount of capital for conservation it has also increased the need for more funding to ensure the protection of our nation’s at-risk lands.

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May 9, 2022|By Kyle Shenk
Photo by Randolph Harris.

While some of our conservation efforts protect vast forests and endangered species, others preserve history and stories of culturally significant places. Together with our partners Preservation Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, The Conservation Fund is working on a project that combines preservation of the past with development of the future to honor the history of the Mifflin House—an important station on the Underground Railroad in central Pennsylvania.

 

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April 25, 2022|By Josselyn Velásquez-Florián
Photo by Phillip Yang.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but buying farmland here comes with the biggest price tag in the country. This high cost makes it nearly impossible for smaller farming operations, particularly new farmers and those of color and lower economic means, to buy land. For more than 40 years, Southside Community Land Trust has been working hard to change this dynamic in communities across Rhode Island, and recently, with help from The Conservation Fund, acquired a new farm property to help achieve its goals.

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April 18, 2022|By Larry Selzer
Photo by Jerry Monkman.

Every year Earth Day reminds us that nature provides life-sustaining sources of nourishment, energy and shelter, and we must each do our part to take care of the planet. Today the intensifying impacts of climate change demand that we pay closer attention and take action to tackle the challenges facing our environment more than just one day a year. 

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April 11, 2022|By Shannon Lee

Over the last 15 years, U-Haul has partnered with The Conservation Fund to offer its customers the opportunity to support conservation outcomes for wildlife, climate and communities across the U.S. Millions of people have chosen to give back, resulting in more than $9.2 million raised by U-Haul and its customers to plant trees, create parks and support local economies.

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