October 25, 2022|By
The Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative (AGCI) – offered by The Conservation Fund in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – are pleased to announce the 2022 Training Program for Appalachian Gateway Communities. Select community-based teams from gateway communities located in the Appalachian Region will participate in a 3-day in-person workshop (October 25-27, 2022, Lake Junaluska NC) as well as pre- and post-workshop webinars, with coaching throughout!

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October 24, 2022|By Ross Feldman

Conservation banking is a tool to conserve endangered, threatened, and other at-risk species and their habitat that reduces risks associated with the use of compensatory mitigation. Other benefits include:

  • Regulatory efficiencies for agencies, industry, project proponents, bank sponsors, and credit buyers
  • Increased transparency and predictability through advance planning at a landscape level
  • Greater economic incentives for conserving species that result in effective and sustainable conservation outcomes

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June 1, 2022|By Zhivko Illeieff

The 2022 RAS Course is scheduled for August 16–19 in Miami, FL at the AC Hotel Miami Dadeland. The course includes a tour of the RAS facilities at Atlantic Sapphire.

  • For more information on the course and how to register click here.
  • You can download a flier for the event here.
October 8, 2021|By Zhivko Illeieff
Photo credit: Stacy Funderburke

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is best known for a few things: It’s the world’s busiest airport, seeing over 100,000,000 passengers every year. It’s also massive, employing over 60,000 people, making it Georgia’s largest employer. But there's something else about it that very few people know.

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November 18, 2020|By Ross Feldman
Photo by Stacy Funderburke

This webinar (recorded on November 18, 2020) features the Working Farms Fund, an innovative pilot program launched in metro Atlanta to create a healthier, more equitable and resilient food system with ambitions to expand nationwide. Working Farms Fund stops farmland loss before it is too late and invests in the future of our food system to secure long-term outcomes for healthy food production, climate, economic justice, and conservation.

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November 18, 2020|By Zhivko Illeieff
Photo credit: Mike Cameron

This film tells the story of The Conservation Fund's partnership with the Alaska Native Village of Eklutna to remove a deadbeat dam and restore Pacific salmon.

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January 31, 2020|By Zhivko Illeieff

See how The Conservation Fund and Goldman Sachs worked together to issue the nation’s first green bond solely dedicated to conserving and protecting working forests in the United States.

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January 27, 2020|By Zhivko Illeieff

“It’s easy to imagine that fish are always abundant and they’re always there, but that’s not always the case,” says Dr. David Fielder, Ph.D Research Biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as he reflects on the decline of natural fish habitat in Saginaw Bay, Michigan.

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September 3, 2019|By Zhivko Illeieff
“We need to keep farms working. And young people that want to do this, who are capable of doing it ... they just need a shot.”

- James Vaughn, 63-year-old, multi-generational farmer


“In order to scale up there’s going to have to be a lot of capital coming into the farm. At my age, most people have not built the capital to have access to land.”

- Demetrius Milling, 24-year-old, next generation farmer

 

With the average age of U.S. farmers approaching 60 years old, it’s time to think about the future of farming in America. 

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September 2, 2019|By Zhivko Illeieff
At The Conservation Fund, we believe that working forests can be financially self-sustaining and environmentally healthy. We're demonstrating a new way to sustainably manage these famed forests, as a nonprofit owner that uses both sound environmental strategy and sound economics—including a "light-touch" harvest regimen, sales of carbon offsets and a supply of local jobs.

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February 4, 2019|By Zhivko Illeieff
Protecting Nature While Strengthening America's Economy

“Matt and I always dreamed of owning a ranch of our own, but we never thought it was a reality,” says Stacy Crabb, as she looks out over the 9,000 acre ranch she and her husband managed for 11 years. 

The Rocky Mountain front of Montana is a magical landscape, but like so many landscapes in the west, it is at risk of development. Both wildlife and the ranching lifestyle that has co-existed for generations is being threatened.  

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October 3, 2018|By Zhivko Illeieff
Protecting Nature While Strengthening America's Economy
At The Conservation Fund, our work is based on the bold belief that protecting America’s most vital natural resources also strengthens our economy. We work across the country to protect places you love while creating local jobs.

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October 2, 2018|By Zhivko Illeieff
A Mighty Conservation Success for Habitat, Forestland and a Community
In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,441 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service—White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. In 2016, this area was given the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor for protecting important natural resources and habitat while maintaining working forests and sustainable economic opportunities for northern New Hampshire.

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September 4, 2018|By Ross Feldman
July 30, 2018|By Full Admin
One of the Greatest Environmental Challenges of Our Time—Protecting America's Working Forests

When a large working forest is broken up—subdivided for development or sold off into smaller pieces—nothing can put these ecosystems back together again. Breaking up the forest like this harms its ability to clean the air and filter the water for entire regions, protect critical habitat for wildlife to roam, and keep local jobs and rural economies intact.

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July 30, 2018|By Full Admin
Restoration: Reconnecting a River, Wildlife and a Community's Favorite Place

In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,435 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. 

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July 30, 2018|By Full Admin
Involving Communities in Conservation is Key to Success

Behind the scenes, our work to protect critically important landscapes is often multifaceted. Sometimes projects take unforeseen turns that involve big time commitments and rely heavily on strong relationships with partners and community members who also have myriad goals and concerns—all to ultimately accomplish conservation that’s good for both nature and for people. This is where The Conservation Fund thrives, and time and time again our partners choose us because we remain solution-driven no matter the challenge.

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July 29, 2018|By Full Admin
Valley Verde: Growing food and changing lives in low-income areas of Silicon Valley

Conservation of our land and water resources is inextricably tied to food production and the health of people. If a community doesn’t have control over the health of their land and water, it often means that they don’t have control over their food, and in turn, their health. The Conservation Fund and our partners are working to ameliorate innovative efforts that improve access to fresh healthy food across the United States.

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