Press Releases

May 29, 2024

The Conservation Fund’s Chicago Metro Farms Fund has purchased a 30-acre farm in unincorporated Cook County, more than tripling the amount of land available to the nonprofit farm for cultivation.

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May 17, 2024

A coalition of conservation, sportsmen and forest management organizations and companies applauded inclusion of the Forest Conservation Easement Program in the Farm Bill as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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May 13, 2024

The USDA Forest Service announced substantial new investments in forestland conservation including funding from both the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Inflation Reduction Act.

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March 21, 2024

The federally designated Refuge protects vital habitat for the region’s biodiversity while offering extensive recreational opportunities for the 12 million residents of the greater Chicago, Rockford, and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.

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March 18, 2024

Proofing Station announces its first investment in the sustainable food systems of the Upper Midwest: a $1 million low-interest debt investment to The Conservation Fund’s Farms Fund.

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February 15, 2024

The City of Annapolis finalized the acquisition of the one-time home of educator and former Coppin State University President Dr. Parlett Moore.

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February 12, 2024

Okefenokee Swamp Park announced the release of a new economic impact study showing that the pending World Heritage Site designation.

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February 9, 2024
NC Zoo hikers

The Conservation Fund gifts the North Carolina Zoo 139 acres of land, increasing Ridges Mountain Nature Preserve to its full 423.

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January 23, 2023

Conservation easement covering 54,898 acres of the Pelican River Forest is one of the largest conservation projects in Wisconsin history.

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January 22, 2024

Conservation of 3,654-acre property near San Jose, California protects vital wildlife habitat and allows expansion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

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January 18, 2024

Seasoned environmental communicator will help expand TCF’s reach as it brings innovative solutions to America’s growing conservation challenges.

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December 21, 2023

Historic Mifflin House and 87-acre farmstead will serve as the future home of the Susquehanna Discovery Center & Heritage Park.

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December 20, 2023
Hoopa Valley

The Hoopa Valley Tribe regains Hupa Mountain ancestral lands, bringing their total landholdings to more than 102,000 acres.

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December 19, 2023

The Conservation Fund and Washington State Department of Natural Resources acquire more than 20,000 acres of working forestland in southwest Washington.

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December 15, 2023
Chimney Draw drone photo by David Stubbs

The Conservation Fund and partners secure nearly nine miles of Neches River frontage, as part of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, for recreation access and wildlife protection.

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December 15, 2023
The Neches River in Texas, part of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge.

The Conservation Fund and partners secure nearly nine miles of Neches River frontage, as part of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, for recreation access and wildlife protection.

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December 11, 2023
A mountain range with snow on the top

The USDA Forest Service acquires Colorado's Mt Democrat from The Conservation Fund, solving long-standing logistical challenges stemming from limited access due to private ownership.

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December 1, 2023

The Conservation Fund donates 27 acres outside Stanardsville, Virginia and within the boundaries of the Shenandoah National Park to the National Park Service.

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November 21, 2023
Newly protected Miller Mountain in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania showing its fall foliage.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announces that the agency has added the 2,500-acre Miller Mountain property in Wyoming County.

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November 21, 2023
Additional conserved acres near Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park.

The Conservation Fund and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the addition of more than 2,000 acres to Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in north Georgia.

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November 9, 2023

This conservation success builds upon previous efforts between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Conservation Fund and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club to protect land below McAfee Knob.

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October 5, 2023

The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund have acquired the iconic Fern Lake property totaling 712 acres along the Kentucky and Tennessee border.

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September 29, 2023

The Conservation Fund and the Maggie Valley Sanitary District recently announced the protection of an additional 1,250 acres within the Maggie Valley watershed priority conservation area just west of Asheville. The acquisition will nearly triple the amount of land protected by The Conservation Fund and the Sanitary District in the valley, totaling roughly 2,000 acres made up of dozens of properties.

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September 25, 2023
Photo by Ryan Smith

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests completed the permanent protection of the 2,670-acre Shelburne Valley Forest and 1,030-acre Bald Cap Peak Forest, known collectively as the Mahoosuc Highlands Initiative.

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September 21, 2023

More than 400 acres of forestland along Interstate 81 in Scranton, Pennsylvania have been added to the Pinchot State Forest, forever protecting some of the last remaining high-quality wildlife habitat in the area while opening new public access for the city’s residents and visitors.

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September 21, 2023
A mountain range with snow on the top

The property is now on a path to long-term protection and hiking access, and will become part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest.

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September 18, 2023

The Conservation Fund is excited to announce two new state directors in the southeast region.

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September 14, 2023

The Conservation Fund announced its sale of 6,326 acres in northeastern Maine to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create a new Wildlife Management Area.

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September 14, 2023

Partnership between The Appalachian Mountain Club and The Conservation Fund significantly expands the nation’s most important multi-use recreation and land conservation project.

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September 5, 2023

The Conservation Fund announced the completion of several critical additions to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge along central Florida's east coast near Melbourne Beach. This refuge contains some of the world’s most significant habitat for loggerhead and green sea turtle nesting.

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August 23, 2023
Photo by Ryan Donnell (courtesy of The Nature Conservancy)

Building on its commitment to preservation, Ørsted’s donation will support land conservation and restoration activities in the Kansas Flint Hills.

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August 3, 2023

Event will celebrate transfer of Green Homestead to the National Park Service.

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August 3, 2023

A coalition of conservation, sportsmen and forest management organizations and companies applauded the introduction of the Forest Conservation Easement Program (FCEP) Act of 2023 in the U.S. Senate.

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July 12, 2023

The Conservation Fund has acquired approximately 23,000 acres of at-risk forestland in the Red Hills region of southwest Alabama. The property contains prime habitat for numerous wildlife species, including the threatened Red Hills salamander.

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July 10, 2023
Rendering of Dock Street parcel in Richmond, Virginia

The Conservation Fund, Capital Region Land Conservancy and City of Richmond announced today the permanent protection of four acres in Virginia’s capital city, completing a cooperative and yearslong effort to conserve what historians call “the view that named Richmond.”

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June 29, 2023

“The Conservation Fund is honored to highlight our partnership in conjunction with the Forest Service’s announcement today of new and significant forestland conservation investments.”

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June 26, 2023

Pennsylvania's Delaware State Forest is growing by 555 acres thanks to The Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. The forest's expansion will provide public access opportunities while maintaining the area’s rural character.

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June 7, 2023

The land secures critical wooded habitat for wildlife species and will enhance opportunities for WMA visitors including fishing, hiking, camping and hunting. Catoosa WMA is the State of Tennessee’s second largest WMA, spanning over 85,000 acres.

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May 17, 2023
A photo of Pelican River Forest.

A coalition of conservation, sportsmen and forest management organizations and companies applauded the introduction of the Forest Conservation Easement Program (FCEP) Act of 2023.

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May 3, 2023

A special event will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on May 14 to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the historic Freedom Rides.

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May 2, 2023

The Conservation Fund, America’s leader in land protection, is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Funderburke to Georgia State Director.

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April 12, 2023

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources and The Conservation Fund announced the addition of 309 acres to the Alaska State Parks system within the Kasilof River estuary.

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April 11, 2023

The once-in-a-generation, $25 million investment will support wildlife and catalyze future outdoor recreation opportunities near Denver.

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April 3, 2023

The Conservation Fund and the U.S. National Park Service announced the addition of 963 acres to the preserve portion of New River Gorge National Park and Preserve near Sandstone, West Virginia.

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March 9, 2023

Deal between The Conservation Fund and Nuveen Natural Capital sets the stage for new outdoor recreation.

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March 6, 2023

Initiative protecting nearly 12,000 acres on Canadian border began more than a decade ago.

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February 23, 2023
Conecuh National Forest Gains Critical Land

One of Alabama’s most beautiful and ecologically diverse national forests has gained new protected land.

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February 21, 2023

The historic, 28-acre Jake’s Woods property in Clinton, Georgia will become a new county park open to the public starting in 2024.

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February 6, 2023

The Conservation Fund is pleased to announce the hiring of Abby Spring as Senior Vice President Of Strategic Engagement.

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February 2, 2023

Longwood Gardens and The Conservation Fund have entered into a binding agreement with Granogue Reserve for Longwood to acquire and operate Granogue, a 505-acre estate.

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February 2, 2023

Freshwater Institute announced today its selection for the 2023 NewTechAqua Award Challenge. Freshwater Institute’s real-time fish mortality detection system was one of five entries chosen from 47 proposals for the Award Challenge — and it is the only winner from the United States.

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January 30, 2023

The Archaeological Conservancy has acquired the Egg Mountain Archaeological Site, a late 18th-century settlement in Vermont.

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January 5, 2023

“This important law will allow the critical business of private land conservation to continue in an honest and above-board manner.”

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December 22, 2022

Conservation easements on Pedro Bay Corporation land safeguard cultural, ecological and subsistence resources and block construction of Pebble Mine transportation route.

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December 9, 2022

Building on its earlier work to protect Virginia’s historic Fones Cliffs, The Conservation Fund today announced its acquisition of an additional 964 acres along the Rappahannock River.

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November 23, 2022

The Conservation Fund acquires 6,300 acres in eastern Maine, including important deer wintering habitat.

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November 21, 2022

Inland Woods + Trails and The Conservation Fund partner to expand community recreation, prevent fragmentation of historic working forest

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November 18, 2022

The Conservation Fund will use funding to prioritize at-risk Civil Rights and Black history sites in rural communities across the state

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November 10, 2022

The 178-acre Tynan Ranch, located one-half mile from the current urban growth line of the City of Watsonville, serves as an important buffer between the city and farmland.

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November 1, 2022

The Conservation Fund, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust announced the protection of 3,800 acres along the Altamaha River.

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October 5, 2022

The Conservation Fund assisted the park service, in consultation with the tribes, by securing this land to better experience, interpret and commemorate the place where the Sand Creek Massacre occurred.

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September 24, 2022

Tribal leaders and conservation partners gather at Waterrock Knob to celebrate land conservation achievements.

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September 22, 2022

The state forest will increase recreational access, water quality protections and wildlife habitat in northwestern North Carolina.

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September 16, 2022

The Conservation Fund, a leading land conservation organization in the U.S., is honored to receive the National Land Protection Award.

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August 30, 2022

Purchase of Pleasant River Headwaters Forest marks 100,000 acres under permanent protection by the Maine Woods Initiative.

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August 23, 2022

The Conservation Fund is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Purdy as Director of Forest Investments.

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August 19, 2022

A multi-year effort to protect forestland and aquatic resources within the Beebe River watershed in central New Hampshire is complete.

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August 15, 2022

The moment accentuates an unprecedented partnership between historic Alabama Black Belt communities and private sector preservationists.

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August 12, 2022

This last remnant of historic former Black beaches in Annapolis will become a Waterfront Heritage Community Park.

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July 28, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service and The Conservation Fund announce the addition of a 272-acre tract of land to the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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July 26, 2022

Five grassroots organizations are using grant funding to help build long-term, sustainable solutions for underserved populations.

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July 18, 2022

An innovative program designed to build equity and resiliency in food systems around metro regions has expanded to the Chicago area.

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July 13, 2022

A multi-year effort to add valuable ecological land to Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Arkansas is complete.

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June 23, 2022

Today, national environmental nonprofit The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of the 77-acre former Chattahoochee Brick Company site.

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June 7, 2022

The Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has completed purchase of land that restores to the Band more than 28,000 acres.

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June 1, 2022

Work to convert the long abandoned Northern Electric Trolley corridor in Pennsylvania into a recreational trail is receiving a boost.

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June 1, 2022

In partnership with The Conservation Fund, the Bureau of Land Management finalized two acquisitions totaling over 40,000 acres.

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May 16, 2022

Purchase of land from the 95-year-old scout reservation will preserve wildlife habitat connectivity and recreation opportunities.

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May 3, 2022

An essential stopover point along the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania is being secured for future generations.

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April 25, 2022
Drone footage shows a birds eye view of flat agricultural land on Maryland's eastern shore. The left side of the view is wooded, while the right side is agricultural fields.

Conservation easements on two Eastern Shore properties achieve multifaceted mission of environmental and cultural protections, and U.S. Navy operations.

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April 11, 2022
A full and flowing river known as Beebe River surrounded by green trees and foliage in summertime.

The Conservation Fund and the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands announced the completion of a multi-year effort to protect 6,395 acres of forestland and aquatic resources within the Beebe River watershed in central New Hampshire.

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March 24, 2022
A mountain range view in Tennessee's Cumberland Valley with blue mountains in the background and green trees and grasslands in the foreground.

The projects provides a critical link among existing protected areas in Tennessee, including the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and the Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

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March 2, 2022
Dusk sunlight shines off the snow covered Grand Teton mountains. The trees and grass on the foreground are snow covered and light clouds roll in just above the tree line.

Partners marked the anniversary of Grand Teton National Park's establishment with the acquisition of a 35-acre parcel inside the park’s southwest boundary. The newly protected parcel continues a nearly century-long vision and conservation effort to make Grand Teton whole.

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February 23, 2022
A pink sun sets over the rocky terrain on the Lewis and Clark national historic trail. Green and brown bushes peak up from the rocks.

Conservation organizations, sportsmen and women’s groups, and outdoor recreation groups welcome full implementation of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA).

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February 17, 2022
An orange sunset sky lays just above a rigid mountaintop in the background. Green and brown desert brush that used to be a golf course is abundant in the foreground.

The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of the 202-acre former Vistoso Golf Course property in Oro Valley, Arizona. Over 600 individuals donated to see this special place protected instead of developed.

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February 9, 2022
Four individuals from the Freshwater Institute stand in front of a Mountaineer Food Bank delivery truck. The three on the left are male and the one on the right is female. They are all wearing sweatshirts and jeans and masks due to the Covid pandemic.

The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute and Mountaineer Food Bank teamed up to provide over 4,000 meals of locally-raised salmon fillets to West Virginians in need.

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January 18, 2022
The Munger Mountain range lays in the background while a thin river and abundant trees take up the foreground.

Partnership advances long-time conservation effort along the Snake River for wildlife, recreation and local economy.

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December 20, 2021
Full green trees fill the mountainsides of a Tennessee valley. The mountains are blue from the fog in the distance.

The Conservation Fund announced the addition of roughly 1,101 acres to the Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area in southcentral Tennessee, in partnership with the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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December 16, 2021
A small black turtle sits on a log next to a green leaf.

The “Gulf of Mexico – Forest to Sea” project will provide a vast buffer of conservation lands for wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, and resilience against extreme weather and climate change.

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December 15, 2021
A woman in a purple coat hikes through the snowy woods in Maine. A mile marker shows she's on the right trail. There are people hiking ahead of her.

The Sebago Clean Waters coalition advanced protections for the Crooked River headwaters and Portland’s drinking water, while also enhancing trail access and climate resiliency.

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December 15, 2021
A swampy river surrounded by green trees.

The Conservation Fund’s purchase of 8,760 acres adjacent to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will enhance recreational access to the river, support climate and fire resiliency, and enable longleaf pine habitat restoration.

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November 30, 2021
Aerial view of the former Chattahoochee Brick site in Atlanta

Efforts to acquire and conserve the former Chattahoochee Brick Company site are currently in the works, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today.

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November 18, 2021
Clouds fall over forested mountaintops. Below runs a thick blue river.

Three entities with strong Northwest ties and deep expertise in timberlands, forest conservation and mill operations have acquired portions of SDS Lumber Company and SDS Co, LLC.

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November 17, 2021
Rolling green hills in the foreground meet forested mountains in the background.

The acquisition includes 21,600-acres acquired by The Wildlands Conservancy and roughly 8,000 acres acquired by national nonprofit The Conservation Fund, in a unique and collaborative conservation victory.

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November 8, 2021
Street view of the Boone County courthouse in downtown Madison, West Virginia. The building is white and the sky behind it is blue.

USDA award to nonprofit partner The Conservation Fund will help strengthen social, cultural and environmental assets in Madison and Boone County.

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November 4, 2021

U-Haul and The Conservation Fund are celebrating a meaningful milestone: 1 million trees planted across the U.S. thanks to donations from U-Haul and its customers.

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October 20, 2021

Nonprofit’s purchase of 70,000 acres will support timber industry and outdoor recreation, strengthen rural economies, protect water quality, combat climate change, and maintain critical wildlife habitat.

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October 12, 2021

Final land conveyance completed in major multi-year effort as part of Volkswagen’s $1.25 million donation to The Conservation Fund.

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October 6, 2021

Preventing development of the working farmland was a top priority for environmental protection and nearby Army installation operations.

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October 1, 2021

The addition of 6,525 acres to Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge will protect critical migratory bird habitat, enhance water quality and expand recreational opportunities in the state.

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September 28, 2021

Fueled by increased global demand for salmon and the opportunity to help salmon farmers accelerate development to meet this demand, The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute and Cargill announced a multi-year agreement to develop, evaluate and enhance feeds for the growing land-based aquaculture industry.

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September 23, 2021

The Conservation Fund is working with Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust to pursue a permanent conservation solution for the land.

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September 23, 2021

Conservation easement on private forest opens new lands for recreation, protects vulnerable wildlife habitat and supports local timber jobs.

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September 10, 2021

Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund.

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September 1, 2021

The Conservation Fund is announcing the allocation of 90 COVID-19 relief grants through its Resourceful Communities program. Grants totaling $1,375,000 were awarded to support a range of COVID-19 relief activities across North Carolina, with a primary focus on locally sourced, emergency food relief in rural communities.

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August 31, 2021

Today the White River National Forest completed its acquisition of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake Ranch in western Colorado.

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August 30, 2021

Conservation of 629-acres on both sides of the National Scenic Trail ensures natural character, recreational access and critical wildlife habitat.

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August 10, 2021

The Conservation Fund’s purchase helps protect the “View That Named Richmond” and provides opportunities for river access, trail connections and a new James River Association education center.

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July 14, 2021

Land and Water Conservation Fund helps permanently protect recreation priority, securing popular trail access and pristine views.

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July 7, 2021

Addition of 4,800 acres to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge benefits imperiled wildlife and climate change adaption strategies.

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June 17, 2021

Acquisition of 86-acre property allows for extension of the Town's greenway trail system and supports water quality for one of Wake County’s primary drinking supply reservoirs.

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June 9, 2021

The more than 1,500-acre property is now one step closer to protection for the benefit of people and wildlife.

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June 8, 2021

By an overwhelming majority of 90%, shareholders of the Pedro Bay Corporation voted to protect their land for subsistence and cultural use, as well as to benefit fish and wildlife.

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May 27, 2021

Nonprofit secures large riverside property for longleaf pine restoration, sustainable timber management, and potential recipient site for orphaned gopher tortoises.

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May 20, 2021

Private organizations donate critical addition to Delaware’s first and only national park.

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May 18, 2021

Fiery Gizzard Trail in South Cumberland State Park expanded for habitat protection and recreational opportunities.

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April 28, 2021

The Conservation Fund and its President and CEO Larry Selzer were presented with the Founders’ Award by Leading Harvest, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing adoption of sustainability practices in agriculture.

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April 26, 2021

By working together, we can conserve these agricultural landscapes while supporting the viability of the landowners’ operations.

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April 22, 2021

The acquisition fulfills 2019 open space tax measure and preserves the open space, agricultural and community uses of the land.

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April 22, 2021

Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund revealed today the first tangible impacts from their community grants for environmental groups in eastern Tennessee.

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April 7, 2021

The property visible from the iconic Appalachian Trail was threatened with loss of critical habitat before partners found conservation solution.

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April 6, 2021

A 15-year conservation effort secures an essential stopover for migrating birds, including the imperiled Red Knot.

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March 17, 2021

The Alaska Federation of Natives recently endorsed the restoration of the Eklutna River near Anchorage, Alaska.

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March 2, 2021

Previously threatened land in the heart of Alabama’s beloved Sipsey Wilderness now secured for wildlife, watershed preservation and public recreation.

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March 2, 2021

Minnesota’s iconic northern forests are home to some of Minnesota’s most storied species and provide unique outdoor recreation and hunting opportunities.

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February 22, 2021

Alamance County Recreation & Parks, The Conservation Fund and Piedmont Land Conservancy announced the addition of 432 acres to the Cane Creek Mountain Natural Area in Snow Camp, North Carolina.

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January 14, 2021

Ingka Group today announces it has acquired forestland property in the U.S. from The Conservation Fund, a non-profit conservation organization that has protected over 8 million acres of land in the U.S.

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January 6, 2021
Aerial view of a large gorge and small waterfall falling into a pool below.

Over 200 acres on Long Arm Mountain now preserved at Linville Gorge in Pisgah National Forest.

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December 22, 2020

One of the most famous vistas on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob, has been given additional protection.

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December 14, 2020

Conservation partnership will preserve the land for environmental and historical value, supporting new opportunities for Civil War research.

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December 3, 2020

The Conservation Fund transfers more than 2,500 acres to the State, ensuring sustainable forest management, protecting wildlife habitat and water quality, and providing recreational access.

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Nov 19, 2020

One of the largest land conservation acquisitions in recent state history will support northern Minnesota’s long tradition of timber production and outdoor recreation.

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October 20, 2020

The additional 530 acres of priority habitat will expand land for wildlife and public use.

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October 8, 2020

The Conservation Fund transfers land to the City of Richmond and Pogo Park, laying the foundation for an $8.5 million enhancement of Harbour-8 Park and building equity for the Iron Triangle community.

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September 29, 2020

The protection of the Maytag-Teton Timbers property will ensure additional access to public lands and enhance wildlife habitat protection.

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September 25, 2020

Now protected as part of Glacier Bay National Park, the Berg Bay property will provide the Huna Tlingit access to a traditional cultural site, preserve wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation at the park.

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September 9, 2020
At Loomis Park ranch, a small lake in the foreground is clear and blue. The snowy mountains and tall grasslands are high in the background.

The protection of Loomis Park Ranch conserves historic agricultural uses and wildlife habitat.

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August 17, 2020
A trail marker with white paint leads to a faint trail surrounded by high green grasslands.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC announced a conservation stewardship agreement that will advance work to manage and protect the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

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August 4, 2020

America’s most critical conservation program—“LWCF”—guaranteed full and permanent funding.

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August 3, 2020

Land purchases will help to augment town revenue, while ensuring clean drinking water, protecting wildlife habitat, and providing enhanced recreational opportunities.

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July 28, 2020

Protection of Banded Peak Ranch marks completion of 30-year effort to conserve 65,000 acres of private ranchlands and wildlife habitat in Southwest Colorado.

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July 1, 2020

The acquisition marks a major milestone towards the protection of this historic and beautiful Colorado treasure, but federal LWCF funding still needed.

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June 30, 2020

Private and public partners work together to support Camp Ripley’s training mission while providing new public recreation access, educational opportunities and environmental conservation.

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June 15, 2020

Nonprofit’s purchase of 15,000 acres will provide time to develop permanent conservation solutions that support the legacy, livelihood and lifestyle of local communities.

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June 10, 2020
Two people sit below a large oak tree on short green grass. They are sitting in front of a large blue lake with mountains in the background.

Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund announced the winners of the Volkswagen Community Grant Program.

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May 6, 2020

Final round of grant program provides funding to local organizations working to improve healthy food distribution in underserved communities.

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April 22, 2020

The City of Atlanta partners with The Conservation Fund to preserve priority woodlands in southeast Atlanta for future generations.

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April 16, 2020

Now more than ever, American’s farmlands and ranchlands play an integral role in feeding our families while providing important habitat for a wide array of wildlife.

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April 7, 2020
Aerial view of the Perdido River and surrounding wetlands.

Effort advances land conservation goals along the Perdido River for wildlife habitat and public recreation a decade after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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April 2, 2020

LWCF Forest Legacy Program and private fundraising critical to protecting privately-owned working forestland that supports local timber operations, wildlife habitat and public recreation.

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March 17, 2020

SAVE Farm helps veterans build a foundation for sustainable farming.

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March 6, 2020

The Conservation Fund and Northwest Arkansas Land Trust’s purchase of 140 acres next to the Pea Ridge National Military Park is first step in permanent protection of historic site.

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March 3, 2020

Acquisition of nearly 1,000 acres in southeastern Pennsylvania completes the initiative, protecting open space for diverse species and public recreation.

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February 26, 2020

The Conservation Fund receives Second Mark of Distinction in Land Conservation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

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February 25, 2020

Permanent protection of 50-acre working farm advances larger effort to create floodplain protection and opportunities for new and immigrant farmers to grow and sell fresh food in Greater Milwaukee.

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February 24, 2020

Lone Star property will support wildlife habitat, native ecology and additional public recreation opportunities.

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January 21, 2020

The acquired parcel preserves the iconic landscape of the Teton Range, prevents residential development and protects important habitat for a variety of wildlife.

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January 8, 2020

Community fundraising and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund have conserved one of Shenandoah Valley’s most beautiful natural landmarks.

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December 6, 2019

The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute purchased more than 16,000 acres of critical coastal habitat in Georgia for future protection.

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December 5, 2019

Today, the U.S. Forest Service recognized the partnership that created the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill in Atlanta with the 2019 Chief’s Award.

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November 21, 2019

Today, Atlanta City Council Member Antonio Brown, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and representatives from the English Avenue community, held a ribbon cutting celebration for the long-anticipated English Avenue greenspace, Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park.

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November 20, 2019

Protection of high-priority inholding will increase user access to public lands and secure critical habitat for neotropical migratory birds.

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November 14, 2019

Volkswagen announces a $1.25 million donation to The Conservation Fund.

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November 13, 2019

Emory University and The Conservation Fund have formed a new partnership to support next-generation farmers in Georgia.

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October 31, 2019

More than $260,000 will support the research and study of cultural artifacts of the Chesapeake region.

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October 17, 2019

The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy announce tremendous land protection successes within the Little River Canyon National Preserve to mark the 27th anniversary of the Preserve’s creation.

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October 12, 2019

Investments in farmland and park protection have provided benefits to the community, water quality, the local food chain, agricultural heritage, and more.

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October 1, 2019

Partners protect wildlife management areas across the state, supporting increased public access for recreation, gopher tortoise habitat, longleaf pine forest restoration and local economies.

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September 26, 2019
Aerial view of multi-color tree tops.

The Conservation Fund announced the closing of a first-of-its-kind offer of ten-year green bonds totaling $150 million. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to increase the scale of the Fund’s “Working Forest Fund®”, dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems through the permanent conservation of at-risk working forests.

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September 13, 2019
View of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a small town in the valley below.

The Conservation Fund and the Maggie Valley Sanitary District have embarked on a multi-year effort to protect the headwaters of Campbell Creek and Jonathan Creek in Haywood County. Today’s event celebrates the completion of the first phase of the conservation effort, which totals more than 700 acres within the watershed.

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September 3, 2019
Flat grassy meadow in the foreground meets rolling blue hills in the background and cloudy blue skies.

Largest conservation acquisition in Lehigh Valley history reaches finish line thanks to collaboration and support from more than a dozen private and public partners.

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September 3, 2019
Aerial view of multi-colored treetops.

The Conservation Fund announced today that it is commencing an offering of taxable Green Bonds of approximately $100 to $150 million. Proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to increase the scale of its “Working Forest Fund®” conservation initiative, dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems by the permanent conservation of at-risk forest landscapes.

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August 26, 2019
Aerial view of the Lake Erie Islands surrounded by blue water. The land is covered in brown trees with a few building on it.

The protection of 4.4 acres on Middle Bass Island increases recreation opportunities and improves wildlife habitat.

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July 10, 2019
Rushing river downstream is blue and white, surrounded by rocks and thin trees.

Partnership with the State and The Conservation Fund opens new public recreational access, secures habitat for endangered species and protects ecologically sensitive forest in the Cumberland Plateau.

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July 1, 2019
Grassy green bushes meet a thin line of trees at this state park.

Newly protected property expands opportunities for hiking, fishing and wildlife life-viewing.

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June 28, 2019
Overlook view of the Rappahannock River. Two trees frame the left and right sides of the photo.

The decade-long effort preserves an iconic landmark of the Rappahannock Tribe while ensuring permanent protection and public access.

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June 18, 2019
Fingers hold up a bright red strawberry with green top leaves. A blurred out crop row is in the background.

A local non-profit has teamed up with The Conservation Fund to purchase farmland and then resell it with a conservation easement that forever protects the land as farmland.

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May 22, 2019
Three tall trees sprout out of marshy wetlands.

4,113-acre addition provides important habitat for migratory birds, while helping to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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May 6, 2019
An arid and empty field of grassland meets a cloudy blue sky.

Historic project preserves working agricultural landscape, protects the mission of Cannon Air Force Base, and provides added conservation benefits for wildlife.

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May 2, 2019
View of a snowy Dome Mountain.

The 160-acre addition will expand the region’s protected habitat for elk, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife.

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April 30, 2019
A group of conservations pose in front of the Susquehanna River.

Over 20 years ago, an ambitious effort began to protect the Susquehanna Riverlands, a state-designated conservation landscape encompassing the wooded gorge between York and Lancaster Counties. This land protection journey began with a 1990s study funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and The Conservation Fund.

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April 26, 2019
Aerial view of the rivers at Bon Secour refuge that flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Newly conserved property at the Little Point Clear Unit of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will expand public recreational capabilities for fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, boating, paddling, and other opportunities enjoyed by more than 120,000 visitors a year.

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April 30, 2019

Eagle County, Colorado and The Conservation Fund announced the transfer of two popular recreational sites adjacent to the Upper Colorado River to Bureau of Land Management, ensuring the continued availability of safe public access for boating, fishing and other forms of recreation.

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April 2, 2019
Hands hold a brook trout out of a stream. The fish has white spots and an orange belly.

The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources commit to combatting loss of WV's state fish and increasing success of Brook Trout reintroduction efforts.

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March 13, 2019
Brown grass in the foreground is met with brown rolling hills in the background at Cherokee National Forest.

Today The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, announced the addition of 186 acres to the Cherokee National Forest, located at the tri-corner area of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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March 12, 2019
Bouler Creek flows in Colorado. Green mountains linger in the background.

In a historic demonstration of bipartisan governing, the U.S. Congress and the President have enacted the “John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act” (S. 47) that includes permanent reauthorization of America’s most critical conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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March 5, 2019
Green mountain ridge in New Hampshire.

With facilitating support from The Conservation Fund, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) purchased approximately 3,181 acres of land in Newport, Croydon, and Grantham.

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February 20, 2019
CSX Grantee, Pathfinder Village

Program sponsored by CSX provides funding to local organizations in nine states to improve healthy food distribution in underserved communities.

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February 11, 2019

Partnership aims to enhance protection in the Pleasant River watershed and provide economic benefits through tourism and sustainable forestry.

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January 31, 2019

Conserved property will enhance efforts to provide public access to six miles of shoreline.

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January 4, 2019

Land Preservation Protects Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Home of Lost Colony Outdoor Drama.

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January 2, 2019
Scenic view of Grand Bay in Mississippi

Over 1,500 acres of essential coastal wildlife habitat at the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Grand Bay Savanna Coastal Preserve in Jackson County was acquired with assistance from The Conservation Fund.

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November 29, 2018
Young longleaf pine trees on Coastal Headwaters Forest

Conservation easement is the first step in a collaborative effort to reestablish and protect longleaf pine forest habitat on privately-owned land near the Gulf of Mexico.

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September 6, 2018
Aerial view of Eklutna Dam removal

Historic effort to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam in Southcentral Alaska allows salmon passage upstream for the first time in nearly 90 years.

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August 21, 2018
Elk bugling in western North Carolina

Ongoing conservation efforts secure elk habitat and water resources while providing economic development opportunities in Western North Carolina.

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April 26, 2018
Scenic view of former Camp Hidden Falls in Pennsylvania

Camp Hidden Falls near Dingmans Ferry is permanently protecting it from development as part of the National Park Service’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

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April 18, 2018
Man in boat on Minnesota lake in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Conservation Fund's purchase of 8,000 acres is the first step in providing long-term revenue for public schools, expanding recreational access and preserving Minnesota's wood basket.

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March 23, 2018
Man on horse with FLTFA Reauthorization text

FLTFA Reauthorization Coalition applauds the U.S. Congress and president for permanently reauthorizing successful land exchange program in the West.

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February 15, 2018
Farmers market of CSX Granteed, Greensgrow

The Conservation Fund announces grant recipients for the 2017 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food.

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December 19, 2017
West Virgina bull elk

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, recently completed the protection of 32,000 acres of sustainable working forestland that provides ideal elk habitat with more than $12 million from the Wildlife Restoration Program.

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October 16, 2017
Trees on Sansavilla property in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the closing of the final phase of land purchased from The Conservation Fund for the Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area.

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August 1, 2017
Scenic view of Cowee Forest with fall foliage

Known as Cowee Forest, the acquired lands provide critical connections to existing conserved areas and recreational resources, including access to the Taconic Crest Trail and the Rensselaer Plateau.

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October 21, 2016
Bat near cave gates at Sodalis Nature Preserve

A celebration was held at the Sodalis Nature Preserve in Hannibal, Missouri, which features habitat for federally endangered Indiana bats.

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April 16, 2015
Row of pines in Brunswick Forest, North Carolina

The initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

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January 21, 2015
Scenic view of Tolland Ranch within Colorado's South Boulder Creek Watershed

Conservation of the historic 3,334-acre Toll property protects drinking water sources for Boulder and Denver, improves forest management and enhances recreational opportunities.

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