Press Releases

October 12, 2015
Reverend Richard Joyner. Photo by Natalie Abbassi.
Media Statement by Mikki Sager, The Conservation Fund Vice President and Director of the Resourceful Communities Program 

“The Conservation Fund congratulates Reverend Richard Joyner, Founder and Director of Conetoe Family Life Center, for being named one of 10 finalists for CNN’s Hero of the Year. This annual honor recognizes individuals whose passion to help others has changed the world. Reverend Joyner’s innovative, self-help work deserves national attention for its effectiveness in addressing chronic health problems, improving nutrition and educational performance of local youth, as well as growing leadership and a strong community through a 25-acre community farm. 

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October 7, 2015
Eastern Neck NWR. Photo courtesy USFWS.

ERWIN, Tenn.—ARLINGTON, Va. Thanks to contributions from U-Haul and its customers, more than 12,500 native trees will be planted across 23 acres at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) through The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program. The new forests will provide important habitat for the migratory birds and a variety of other wildlife along Maryland’s Eastern shore.

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October 6, 2015
Mike Leonard on the Pinhoti Trail. Photo by Andrew Shock.

The Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award, North Carolina's most prestigious preservation award, is presented to an individual or organization that has made contributions of statewide significance to historic preservation in North Carolina.

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September 22, 2015
Photo courtesy of Columbia Land Trust

VANCOUVER, Wash.— A diverse group of businesses, non-profits, recreational groups, agency and state leaders gathered today to call for reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Forest Legacy Program, which is funded through the LWCF. 

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September 3, 2015
Photo by Ezra Gregg

ERWIN, Tenn.—ARLINGTON, Va. (September 3, 2015) – CSX and The Conservation Fund have teamed up for a second year with the West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and local organizations to promote healthy eating habits and increased access to local produce for hundreds of children and families in McDowell, Roane and Mingo counties.

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September 2, 2015
Rocky Fork. Photo by Greg Hutson.

ERWIN, Tenn.—Today U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Representative Phil Roe, U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Tony Tooke, and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill joined other federal, state, local officials, community members and private partners to celebrate the completion of an extraordinary effort to conserve the largest stretch of unfragmented forestland in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Thanks in large part to funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the final 100 acres of the 9,814-acre Rocky Fork property is now protected, ensuring important wildlife habitat, water quality, recreational access and economic opportunities for neighboring communities.

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August 18, 2015
Toll Property. Photo by Christine Quinlan

GILPIN & BOULDER COUNTIES, Colo.—U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, federal, state and local partners gathered today to celebrate the conservation of one of the largest intact private properties along the Front Range, and they called for permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s premier conservation program that will expire in 44 days.LWCF provided funding through the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to conserve the historic 4,700-acre Toll property, leveraging local funding from Boulder County, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Denver Water.  Located at the upper reaches of the South and Middle Boulder Creek watersheds, the Toll property is critical for Denver and Boulder drinking water and important for a variety of recreation opportunities within easy access of both metro areas.

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August 18, 2015
Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest. Photo by Coldsnap Photography.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.—The Conservation Fund and The Lyme Timber Company hosted U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer, the Office of U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley, Wisconsin State Representative Nick Milroy and other federal, state, local and private partners at an event today to celebrate the completion of the largest land conservation effort in Wisconsin history.  The Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest success is due in large part to funding from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks, which will expire in 44 days under the current authorization.  

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