Press Releases

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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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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