Press Releases

September 14, 2017
JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, announced the protection of more than 1,680 acres of high-elevation ridges and pristine headwaters in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in both North Carolina and Tennessee, the conservation acquisition was made possible with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and connects more than 127,000 acres of public lands from Cherokee National Forest to Mount Rogers National Recreation area in Virginia. 

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September 13, 2017
Courtesy of Live Oak Farm
VERMILION PARISH, La. — The Conservation Fund has been awarded $500,000 through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Coast Conservation program to complete the first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Land Easement project in Louisiana. This grant will be matched with funds from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program to acquire an easement that will permanently protect a portion of the 5,800-acre, family owned and operated Live Oak Farm, which has provided valuable agricultural and ecological resources for the community and native wildlife for the past century.

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August 21, 2017
Erik Myers, Vice President, Climate and Water Sustainability at the Fund, presents findings to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. Photo by Zhivko Illeieff.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Md. (August 21, 2017) – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, as well as staff representatives for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative Andy Harris, joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Conservation Fund and the National Audubon Society over the weekend to examine new projects that are increasing wildlife habitat protection at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

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August 2, 2017
Photo courtesy of Gardening the Community, a 2016 recipient of the Transporting Healthy Food Grant.
ARLINGTON, Va. —Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. 

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August 1, 2017
Photo by Nate Simms
ALBANY, N.Y. —The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 23,053 acres of working forestland in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. 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, as well as protection for important wildlife habitat within a short drive from Albany, New York, and Bennington, Vermont.

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July 31, 2017
Hardscrabble Ranch. Photo by Toby Sprunk, Eagle County.
This release was distributed by Eagly County, Colorado, and published here with permission. 

Eagle County, Col. – Eagle County Open Space is pleased to announce that The Conservation Fund successfully completed the purchase of the 1,540-acre Hardscrabble Ranch today from Brue Capital Partners. 

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July 17, 2017
Guenther farm. Photo courtesy of the City of Ann Arbor.
This release was distributed by the City of Ann Arbor and published here with permission. To learn more about The Conservation Fund’s partnership with the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Initiative, click here

Ann Arbor, MI—​On July 14, 2017, the City of Ann Arbor Open Space and Parkland Preservation Program, also known as the Greenbelt Program, announced the purchase of a conservation easement on nearly 250 acres of farmland in Lodi Township, protecting the agricultural use and conservation values of the private land. Owned by Lloyd and Betty Guenther, the majority of the property is in active agriculture in a mixture of corn, soybeans and wheat, with additional areas of wetlands and woodlands also being protected by the conservation easement.

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July 6, 2017
First Order Tributary on the Wellspring Mountain property. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy.
LOWGAP, N.C.—Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) announced today the purchase of the historic Camp E-Mun-Talee by Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and Wellspring Mountain, Inc. The 500-acre property, located in western Surry County and previously home to the Eckerd Youth Alternatives program for troubled youth, includes a 40-acre campsite with 18 structures for lodging and activities. The remainder of the property is under a conservation easement held by PLC. 

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