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June 3, 2022| Land
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 16, 2022| Land
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| Land
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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January 10, 2022| Land
Photo by Jason Ching.

If you’re eating wild sockeye salmon, there’s roughly a 50% chance it was caught in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the largest and most productive salmon fishery in the world. It’s here in the Bristol Bay watershed that many groups have been working tirelessly to steward traditional cultural resources and protect one of the most important fish and wildlife habitats in the world from the threat of a major mining project that could damage the integrity of the ecosystem.

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December 13, 2021| Land
Photo by Steve Hobbs.

When a 1,700-acre ranch with towering oak trees, a 30-acre lake and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean went up for sale, The Conservation Fund moved quickly to protect this California property and a family’s ranching legacy before it was lost to development.

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October 13, 2021| Land
Photo by Bill Murray and Preserve Vistoso.

Just a few miles north of Tucson, Arizona sits the town of Oro Valley, nestled between the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges within the Sonoran Desert. The sunny climate makes Oro Valley a great place to enjoy many outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, tennis and golf. With the help of many dedicated Oro Valley residents, The Conservation Fund is about to acquire and preserve 202 acres of open space to enhance the area’s natural, cultural and recreational resources.

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September 7, 2021| Land
Photo by Todd Winslow Pierce.

Roughly one year after the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake demonstrates how important conservation funding is to protecting America’s favorite places.

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August 23, 2021| Land
Sabine Ranch. Photo by Shannon Tompkins.

When you think of marshlands, you may not think about Texas. But the Lone Star State is as deep as it is wide. Past the canyons and deserts and brushlands, about two hours east of Houston and not far from the Louisiana border, sits one of the most ecologically important pieces of land in the entire state. Not only is the area flush with over 400 species of migratory birds, it's also essential to helping Texas weather the brunt of catastrophic rain fall from hurricanes and climate change.

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July 6, 2021| Land
Grizzly bear in Montana. Photo courtesy of Debs via flickr.

Although they’ve been on the endangered species list for decades, grizzly bears have always found refuge on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front—a pristine landscape made up of mostly private ranchlands. Today, these ranchers and their woolly tenants aim to successfully co-exist.

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June 3, 2021| Land

Recently designated one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, three campsites in Alabama not only tell the story of those who made the dangerous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, but of those who took great risk to provide the marchers with shelter and safety.

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April 5, 2021| Land
Blakeley Bluff overlooking the Tensaw River. Photo by Beth Maynor Finch.

Fort Blakeley in Alabama is the most important Civil War story you’ve likely never heard. Due to the land’s historical and ecological value, a significant portion of the battlefield—where U.S. Colored Troops resoundingly defeated Confederate forces in April 1865—was permanently protected in 2020. Learn more about the incredible history and ecological importance of this site and how we protected it.

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October 20, 2020| Land

The creation of Skalkaho Bend Park couldn’t have come to fruition at a better time, when residents of Hamilton, Montana were seeking nature more than ever. But a community park doesn’t just grow overnight—it takes local dedication and the help of many partners. Emy Royce at Bitter Root Land Trust shares how her community shaped its future with conservation.

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September 9, 2020| Land
Clint Miller, Midwest Project Director, with his dog Zeke

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives all over the world, and people everywhere are adapting to entirely new limitations and possibilities. This post is the second in a series on how our various staff members are moving forward with their conservation efforts during this time. We will feature a day (or week) in their lives, how they are navigating conditions and still managing to accomplish good conservation outcomes. Stay tuned for more of these personal stories in coming weeks and months.

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February 17, 2020| Land
Sixth grade science students observing the Colorado River. Photo by Autumn Rivera.

Now in her fifteenth year of teaching middle school science, Autumn Rivera is continuously impressed with her student’s creativity and willingness to try new things. But even she was blown away by their dedication to help save Sweetwater Lake—a beautiful landscape about an hour’s drive from Glenwood Springs Middle School where she teaches. Find out how these young conservationists chose to support a cause near and dear to their teacher’s heart.

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November 11, 2019| Land
Photo by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

When the owner of Love Farm decided to sell his property, his main goal was to maintain the recreational integrity of the land. He worked with The Conservation Fund and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to ensure the property would remain permanently protected and open to the public, while continuing to provide unique outdoor recreation opportunities for youth who have lost a parent in combat or while serving active duty. 

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July 15, 2019| Land
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| Land
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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April 22, 2019| Land
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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