Press Releases

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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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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