Press Releases

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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February 3, 2014
Scenic waterfall in North Carolina's future Headwaters State Forest. Photo by N.C. Forest Service.

Transylvania County, N.C. —Today the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Forest Service announced the latest achievements of a private-public partnership to conserve nearly 8,000 acres along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Transylvania County.  In 2013, the department’s North Carolina Forest Service acquired and protected more than 3,200 acres of working forestland and a significant section of the headwaters of French Broad River’s east fork.  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)—as well as state and private funding.

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December 29, 2013
View from newly protected lands at Petrified Forest National Park. Photo by NPS.

HOLBROOK, Ariz. – Today, the National Park Service, The Conservation Fund and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) celebrated the addition of  4,265 acres to Petrified Forest National Park.  Purchased by The Conservation Fund in January 2013 with a substantial contribution from NPCA, the lands are full of Late Triassic resources, including rare dinosaur fossils. The National Park Service utilized the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—America’s premier conservation program—to acquire the property.

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December 21, 2013
Forestland along the Neches River. Photo by Jay Brittain.

LUFKIN, Texas —
 In a landmark deal for forest conservation, T.L.L. Temple Foundation, International Paper and The Conservation Fund announced today the completion of an effort to protect more than 19,000 acres of hardwood forest and wetlands in East Texas, known as Boggy Slough. The T.L.L. Temple Foundation purchased the property in fee from International Paper and agreed to donate a conservation easement over the entire property to The Conservation Fund. Located west of Lufkin, Boggy Slough contains some of the oldest and most ecologically significant hardwood forest habitat in East Texas and spans 18 miles of river frontage along the Neches River.  The former Temple-Inland property includes 4,500 acres of riverside forestland that has remained virtually untouched for decades.

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December 19, 2013
Nueces River Delta mudflats and brush. Photo courtesy of Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, purchased 4,737 acres in the Nueces River Delta  in San Patricio County. The acreage will ultimately become part of the Nueces Delta Preserve, creating more than 10,000 acres of contiguous conserved estuarine habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife species, protecting the fresh water flowing into Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays and expanding environmental educational opportunities offered by CBBEP.

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December 18, 2013
Ice Age National Scenic Trail

MADISON, Wis. — The National Park Service and The Conservation Fund, with assistance from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, celebrated today the addition of 5.89 acres to the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, made possible with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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December 15, 2013
Fish Creek property. Photo by City of Maplewood.

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — The City of Maplewood announced today the completion of a two-year campaign to preserve one of the largest natural open spaces in the region. The 70-acre Fish Creek property was transferred to the City on December 11.  The scenic site, located north of the Highway 61 and Highway 494 junction, will be managed as part of the Fish Creek Natural Area Greenway for the restoration and protection of natural habitat and public open space.

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December 15, 2013
Fiery Gizzard Trail. Photo by Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, in partnership with The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Conservation Fund, celebrated today the completion of a multi-year effort to conserve a significant stretch of environmentally and economically important forestland in South Cumberland.

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