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November 23, 2015| Land
Frances Kennedy. Photo by Robin Murphy/The Conservation Fund.

A Conversation with Frances Kennedy


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October 19, 2015| Land
Reggie Hall in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, shortly before RALLY 2015.
RALLY (also known as the National Land Conservation Conference) is the largest land conservation conference in the country. This year’s RALLY was held in Sacramento, California, and attended by more than 1,800 land trust staff, volunteers, donors, agencies and others from all 50 states, Canada, Australia, South America and beyond. Quite an impressive gathering, considering there were only 255 attendees at the first RALLY in 1985. This annual conference is THE opportunity to gather with colleagues, learn new skills, make new friends and catch up with old ones and hopefully return to our operating regions with a renewed sense of vigor. We may also have had a little fun while we are all together.

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October 5, 2015| Land
A CSX freight train carrying mixed freight through West Virginia.
There are two things you should know about the freight rail industry:

First, as you may already be aware, rail is the most environmentally friendly way to move freight on land. Our commercials highlight our ability to move a ton of freight nearly 500 miles on only a gallon of fuel. The work of many dedicated employees at CSX is focused on researching and implementing ways we can increase our fuel efficiency and minimize our environmental footprint.

Second, it’s important to understand that agriculture and food-related products are a fundamental part of our business. For example, in 2014, CSX moved a total of 419,000 carloads of agricultural products.  

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September 28, 2015| Land
Mike Leonard on the Pinhoti Trail. Photo by Andrew Shock.

I am fond of the word “work.” I am one of those people who secretly prefers, “Thank God It’s Monday” to the popular “TGIF.” I am very fond of the concept of “making things work.” I have often said to my own staff, “Okay, we’ve put together a plan to tackle the issue. Now, let’s make it work.”

I have been gratified to be part of The Conservation Fund since I served on an Advisory Board and then was asked to join the Board in 2004. It did not take long for me to realize that the Fund was very direct and very effective. The Fund works purposefully towards results rather than going off into the weeds. This appeals to me since my passion for conservation goes back to my days as a teenager and my fascination and appreciation for trails and hiking.

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September 28, 2015| Land
Steve Orr
As a nature/landscape photographer with a yearning to discover new and beautiful sights, I have been fortunate to travel the world with camera in tow. In July 2015, on two of the hottest days one could arrange, I was afforded the opportunity to apply my photography skills for the benefit of The Conservation Fund in the eastern and Sandhills regions of my home state of North Carolina.

What an experience this was! I was certainly surprised to see how The Conservation Fund has altered and expanded the definition of conservation. My eyes were opened to new and exciting possibilities! The Resourceful Communities division within the Fund approaches conservation from a different perspective. They hold that successful conservation must address economic, social, and environment factors together for a successful outcome. It is no wonder conservation often takes a back seat to survival in places where poverty is rampant, heath outcomes are poor, and jobs are scarce, but great conservation opportunities do exist in places like these.

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