Press Releases

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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July 22, 2014
Photo by Stacy Funderburke

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


“It is hard to imagine what the American landscape would look like if the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) had not been established nearly 50 years ago through the work of an insightful group of congressmen and Presidents from both sides of the political spectrum. A captivating report issued today by the LWCF Coalition—of which The Conservation Fund is a proud member—offers a glimpse into the countless treasured places and historic spaces protected across the nation thanks to the LWCF.

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July 9, 2014
Richmond National Battlefield Park. Wikimedia Commons/Missvain.

This news release was distributed by the Civil War Trust.

MECHANICSVILLE, Va.— At a news conference this morning, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presided over a ceremony accepting the transfer of 285 acres of hallowed ground on the Gaines’ Mill Battlefield into Richmond National Battlefield Park.

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June 4, 2014
The Eklutna River flows from Cook Inlet into the Eklutna Flats. Photo courtesy Eklutna, Inc.

EKLUTNA, Alaska—Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is donating 143 acres of land adjacent to the Native Village of Eklutna to The Conservation Fund for permanent land and habitat preservation. The property is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Anchorage, in the heart of Dena’ina Athabascan country where Alaska Native people have lived for thousands of years.  

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May 31, 2014
Proctor Creek runs through Lindsay Street Park

ATLANTA, Ga.— U-Haul and The Conservation Fund announced today a $375,000 commitment to give back to the environment and strengthen the green economy in Atlanta.  Through a three-year investment in the Fund’s Parks With Purpose program, U-Haul and its customers will support The Conservation Fund’s work to bring community members, businesses and city officials together to improve the environment, the local economy, and the quality of life for Atlantans living in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.

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May 20, 2014
Newly purchased forestland near Sumter, SC. Photo by Jason Johnson.

SUMTER, S.C. —The City of Sumter, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has completed the purchase of a 694-acre property, known as Kel-Sam Farms, located less than a mile from Shaw Air Force Base. Over the next several months, the City intends to place a conservation easement on the property that will prevent development near the military installation and preserve the land’s natural resources. In addition, the City will consider and evaluate opportunities to sustainably manage the property for timber, while offering public trails for hiking, biking and equestrian activities.

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