Press Releases

September 28, 2014
The Conservation Fund's Wisconsin staff at the 2014 Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration. Photo by Althea Dotzour

MADISON, Wisc.—Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, honored The Conservation Fund as Wisconsin’s 2014 Land Trust of the Year, on September 25 at the Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration—Wisconsin’s premier conservation event.

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September 11, 2014
The Cheat River and Canyon. Photo by Reggie Hall.

MORGANTOWN, W.V.The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resource—allies in the permanent conservation of West Virginia’s Cheat Canyon—gathered today with funding partners and the community to celebrate this conservation success story and participate in the dedication of the canyon to the people of West Virginia.

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September 2, 2014
A farmers market in McDowell County. Photo by Ezra Gregg.

ARLINGTON, Va—In West Virginia, one in five children does not have reliable access to sufficient food—especially healthy food—due to limited financial resources, lack of transportation and other factors. But CSX and The Conservation Fund are working to improve food security in these at-risk communities through a program that provides increased access and funding for healthy foods for hundreds of children and families living below the poverty line in five of the state’s lowest income counties: Calhoun, McDowell, Mingo, Roane and Wirt.

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August 25, 2014
LTAC

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund has achieved the highest standards of excellence in conservation and has been awarded land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

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August 20, 2014
Aerial photo of fringe marshes along Powderhorn Lake, 2014. Photo by Earl Nottingham, Texas Parks Wildlife.

HOUSTON, Texas—
A multi-partner coalition including the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation today announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County.  The acquisition will conserve a spectacular piece of property that is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state. At $37.7 million it is the largest dollar amount ever raised for a conservation land purchase in the state and represents a new partnership model of achieving conservation goals in an era of rapidly rising land prices. In years to come, Powderhorn Ranch is expected to become a state park and wildlife management area.

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August 20, 2014
Planting Trees, Restoring Acres, Changing Lives

PHOENIX, Ariz.—U-Haul , the largest do-it-yourself moving company in North America, and The Conservation Fund, a top-ranked environmental nonprofit, celebrated a milestone today: the company’s one-millionth customer donated to The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program.

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August 5, 2014
Gibson Mariposa Park, Los Angeles County. Photo by Cameron McIntyre.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Today Amigos de los Rios and The Conservation Fund released a visionary plan to make the Los Angeles region a better place to live, work and play. The Emerald Necklace Forest to Ocean Expanded Vision plan establishes a comprehensive and strategic guide to create a network of parks and public open spaces connected by river greenways and trails across the Los Angeles Basin.

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August 3, 2014
Photo by CSX.

ARLINGTON, Va.—CSX and The Conservation Fund today announced a program of grants aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributors to these so-called “food deserts” is the lack of infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.

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