Press Releases

May 14, 2014
Photo by Todd H. Martin of the Southern Loggers Cooperative
 
This release was distributed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. 

One of the best-known names in tree-growing and forest stewardship is the first forest products company in America to participate in a new program that will boost the economic vitality and sustainability of the nation’s 10,000 independent timber harvesters and haulers. Weyerhaeuser has teamed up with the Southern Loggers Cooperative, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Natural Capital Investment Fund to launch a program that will significantly improve access to cost-effective diesel fuel.

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May 5, 2014
Gopher tortoise by burrow entrance. Photo by Linda May. Courtesy of Georgia DNR.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.—A conservation-minded partnership has preserved 2,700 acres of wildlife habitat in southeast Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, opening to the public a place valued for its recreational opportunities and rare species.

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April 28, 2014
Sharp-tailed grouse. Photo by Larry Dau

MINONG, Wis.—About 1,400 acres of globally significant habitat, which will benefit public recreation and wildlife, including the flamboyant sharp-tailed grouse, has been preserved thanks to a partnership among the Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund and several regional contributors.

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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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