Press Releases

January 6, 2015
Property purchased by Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. Photo by Ivan LaBianca.
GARY & VALPARAISO, Ind.—Two natural areas in Porter and Lake Counties grew last month with the purchases of priority lands offering environmental, recreational and community benefits. The Lake County Parks and Recreation Department acquired and added 96 acres to its Deep River County Park in Ross Township, and the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America purchased a 40-acre farm near Michigan City for inclusion in its Frame Little Calumet Conservation Area. Both conservation efforts were made possible with grants from the Enbridge 6B Mitigation Fund.

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December 22, 2014
Photo by John Fielder.
KREMMLING, Co.—The Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and The Conservation Fund announced today the protection of the historic 662-acre McElroy Ranch. This scenic working ranch is now permanently protected and the McElroy family will continue to own the agriculturally productive land they have ranched for four generations. To keep the ranch and its abundant water rights forever intact, funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) were used to purchase a conservation easement on 548 acres of the ranch in 2014. In 2013, the McElroy family donated a conservation easement on 114 acres of the ranch.

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December 14, 2014
First State National Monument in Delaware.  Photo by Whitney Flanagan, The Conservation Fund.

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


“The Conservation Fund congratulates the lawmakers and key partners who have worked to create and expand historic national parks and establish new wilderness areas for the enjoyment and education of their constituents and the public through the passage of the NDAA bill.”

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December 10, 2014
Shannon Farm’s 3,400 ft. of Chesapeake Bay shorefront will provide much needed public access to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as well as protect the scenic view. Photo by Bill Crouch, The Conservation Fund.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md.—The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) and St. Mary’s County, announced today the purchase and protection of 212 acres on the Chesapeake Bay that will provide opportunities for historical interpretation and recreational access along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, while buffering Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) from land uses that threaten the mission of the base.

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December 2, 2014
Future site of Lindsay Street Park in Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood

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December 2, 2014
Creation of Lindsay Street Park in Atlanta will help improve water quality for Proctor Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—
More than two dozen NGOs including conservation and outdoor recreation organizations announced their endorsement today for the Urban Water Federal Partnership, a collaboration of 14 federal agencies that aims to boost local economies and create jobs by restoring waterways and their surrounding communities.

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November 23, 2014
Garrity Mountain WMA. Photo by Mark Sommer.
ANACONDA, Mont.—The Conservation Fund and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) announced today the protection and addition of 640 acres to the Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) west of Anaconda. This project was made possible with funding from the Natural Resource Damage Protection Program, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), FWP and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust.   

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November 11, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Conservancy of Southewest Florida.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced today the release of “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region.” This landmark report unites multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for land conservation and economic revival in the Gulf of Mexico.

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