The Conservation Fund in the News

March 3, 2021
Simone Jasper, The Charlotte Observer — Interstate 40 cuts through the mountainous wilderness of North Carolina and Tennessee, posing dangers for animals looking for food and other necessities. While the interstate makes it difficult for animals to meet their basic needs, the roadway also carries the potential for deadly crashes. Now, a new project aims to reduce challenges on a section of interstate that stretches 28 miles near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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March 2, 2021
Carly Ryan, CNN — When a dormant pecan farm in the neighborhoods of south Atlanta closed, the land was soon rezoned and earmarked to become townhouses. But when the townhouses never came to fruition and with the lot remaining in foreclosure, The Conservation Fund bought it in 2016 to develop an unexpected project: the nation's largest free food forest.

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March 1, 2021
Richard Stradling, Raleigh News & Observer — There’s a new mountain to climb in central North Carolina, and what it lacks in height and grandeur it makes up for with convenience for hikers in the Triangle.

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February 16, 2021
Sydney Giuliano, Medium — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with The Conservation Fund to acquire an additional 2,691 acres of forested wetlands to be added to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The land will provide essential habitat for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and other native species. But wildlife aren’t the only ones that benefit from the riches of these lands. Beneath the soil there are deep historic roots that may help us piece together previously untold stories.

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February 2, 2021
Brinton Carlson, Green Living — One of many ways The Conservation Fund effectively protects our planet’s environment is through their efforts in conserving the world’s wetlands and watersheds.

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January 23, 2021
Jeff Kart, FORBES — Are trees a good investment? Back in 2019, The Conservation Fund closed on $150 million in green bonds dedicated to forest conservation in the United States. The Virginia-based nonprofit recently issued an impact report, highlighting what the bonds achieved in 2020.

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January 16, 2021
Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times — A one-time Christmas tree farm abutting the iconic Linville Gorge in Burke County is now a sprawling, natural playground for white-tailed deer, warblers and wild turkey, as well as for humans. On the last day of 2020, The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit land trust, sold the 205-acre Long Arm Mountain property to the U.S. Forest Service.

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January 14, 2021
Adele Peters, Fast Company — In southeast Georgia, a forest covering nearly 11,000 acres was at risk of being split up and developed. But The Conservation Fund acquired the land to protect it—and Ikea’s parent company, Ingka Group, just bought it under a contract that will continue to protect the local ecosystem.

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