Press Releases

November 6, 2014
Chief of Staff Griffin (in white) presents O’Day with her award on behalf of Governor O’Malley.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—On November 6, Governor Martin O’Malley named Jodi R. O’Day Chesapeake Bay Ambassador, in recognition of her work in land conservation.  The honor comes as O’Day, a vice-president and regional counsel of The Conservation Fund, marks 30 years of work to advance Maryland’s land conservation programs and environmental protection.  The Maryland Governor awards the Chesapeake Bay Ambassador on a case-by-case basis in recognition of significant contributions to Maryland’s natural resources.  

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November 5, 2014
Photo by Sean Gardner

BATON ROUGE, La.—Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and The Conservation Fund released an innovative vision for the wild places that make Louisiana the Sportsman’s Paradise. The 2014 Master Plan for Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges maps and evaluates every inch of the state’s rich tapestry of ecological and recreational resources – including 1.6 million acres managed by LDWF – and establishes a comprehensive strategic direction for management, future conservation, connectivity and restoration of these public lands.

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November 4, 2014
Photo by Seth-Patterson. Courtesy of USFWS

HARLINGEN, Texas—The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the protection of 7,428 acres of ranch land near Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Willacy County. The land, protected through a conservation easement granted by the Frank Yturria family, provides vital habitat for two endangered species, the ocelot and the aplomado falcon.

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November 2, 2014
Richard Joyner at 2014 Purpose Prize celebration. Photo by S. Smith Patrick, courtesy Encore.org.

 “The Conservation Fund congratulates Reverend Richard Joyner, Founder and Director of Conetoe Family Life Center, for receiving the 2014 Purpose Prize, which recognizes social innovators over 60 who are working to advance the social good in their communities and around the world.  We were honored to nominate Reverend Joyner for this award because his work truly deserves national attention for its effectiveness in addressing chronic health problems, improving nutrition and the educational performance of youth and growing leadership and a strong community through a 25-acre community farm. 

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October 28, 2014
Land-Based Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
“We are very pleased that salmon produced at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute have achieved the top Best-Choice (Green) sustainability ranking by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.  The ranking specifically recognizes farmed Atlantic salmon produced in land-based closed containment Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).

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October 21, 2014
Summer Tanager. Photo by Francesco Veronesi. CC2.0

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La.—Young cypress, oak and hickory trees will welcome tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl and song birds this fall as they rest at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Shreveport during their annual migration. Thanks to a multi-year partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Conservation Fund, these critical lands along Refuge’s Lower Cane River Unit have been protected and restored for the benefit of wildlife and nearby communities.

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October 10, 2014
Richard Erdmann. Photo by Natalie Abbassi.
The Fund is proud to announce that our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and a founder of the Fund, Richard Erdmann, has been awarded the prestigious American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship for 2014.  

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October 5, 2014
U.S. Forest Service file photo

COKER CREEK, Tenn.—Today, the hardships of the Cherokee people were remembered when the U.S. Forest Service and The Conservation Fund completed the final phase of an effort to protect the original route of the historic Trail of Tears near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Approximately 222 acres was conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service from The Conservation Fund, providing protection for a significant portion of the National Historic Trail that traverses through the forested property. 

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