Press Releases

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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February 26, 2014
Photo by Mark Norman

HOLLANDALE, Miss.—The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today the completion of a multi-year effort to add 724 acres of restored forest to Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Greenville, Mississippi. Reforested with native bottomland hardwood tree species, the land will provide ideal habitat for the federally threatened Louisiana black bear as well as breeding and replenishing grounds for large numbers of resident and migratory birds.

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February 5, 2014
Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Photo by Luke Lynch.

Idaho Falls, ID—The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with The Conservation Fund and the Halpin family, has permanently protected 315 acres within Caribou-Targhee National Forest with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—America’s premier conservation program.

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February 4, 2014
Looking out over the South Boulder Creek Watershed & James Peak. Photo by Colorado Forest Management, LLC.

BOULDER, Colo—The Boulder Ranger District is pleased to announce the purchase of 823 acres near the East Portal and the Rollins Pass Road in Gilpin County. This land was purchased from the Toll family in a transaction negotiated by The Conservation Fund on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service. The purchase was made possible through the use of Land and Water Conservation Funds, America’s premier conservation program.

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