Press Releases

April 27, 2014
Lake Wateree and Liberty Hill property. Photo by Brian Gomsak
LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C.—Today the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and The Conservation Fund announced the permanent protection of 1,628 acres and more than six miles of Lake Wateree shoreline in Lancaster County. SCDNR will manage the property as part of its Wildlife Management Area program for habitat and water quality preservation and plans to make it available to the public for hiking, hunting, bird watching and fishing. 

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April 12, 2014
Cheat River. By Reggie Hall.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Cheat Canyon, one of West Virginia’s most iconic landscapes and a magnet for outdoor recreation, will be protected for future generations by a conservation partnership that includes The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the groups announced today.

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April 7, 2014
Tree planting at Red River NWR. Photo by Neil Johnson

Bossier City, La.—With a grant from BHP Billiton, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) planted 18,000 seedlings across 40 acres at Red River National Wildlife Refuge near Bossier City. The newly restored hardwood forest will provide long-term benefits to wildlife, water and air quality and public recreation opportunities. 

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April 2, 2014
Photo by Jason Johnson

Blowing Rock, N.C. — The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has acquired an important inholding within Pisgah National Forest with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s premier land conservation program. Surrounded almost completely by National Forest lands, the protected property will help reduce the amount of USFS resources used on boundary management and allow for expanded public recreational access, including hunting, fishing and hiking.  

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March 27, 2014
Big Sioux River from Good Earth State Park. Photo by Clint Miller

Sioux Falls, S.D.—A significant section of the newly-established Good Earth State Park was acquired and protected today thanks to a partnership between The Conservation Fund, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service. Located in one of the largest and most important Oneota cultural sites in the Midwest, the 236-acre property offers nature trails through oak woodlands, savanna, native prairies and scenic vistas that stretch along 1.6 miles of the Big Sioux River. This acquisition was made possible with a grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program, which is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and fundraising by the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

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March 6, 2014
Clouds Over Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Photo by Todd Kaplan

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — The Conservation Fund has transferred 930 acres of former Hancock Timber Resource Group lands, including a stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for protection as part of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM). 

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March 4, 2014
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Photo by Todd Kaplan

“The Conservation Fund applauds President Obama for supporting full funding of America’s greatest conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget includes $900 million for LWCF, at a critical time for conservation and historic preservation, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014 and the 50th anniversary of LWCF in 2015.  We urge the U.S. Congress to follow suit by fully funding LWCF, in order to invest in America’s natural infrastructure for the benefit of current and future generations.  

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February 27, 2014

Greenville, S.C.—The most under-appreciated and yet critically-important link in the forest products industry value chain—from tree grower to end consumer—is comprised of nearly 10,000 small, independent business contractors—America’s timber harvesters and haulers (a.k.a. “loggers”). The folks who harvest mature trees and transport them to a converting mill.

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