Press Releases

September 18, 2013
Recirclating aquaculture tanks at the Freshwater Institute

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V. – Less than three years ago, the seafood industry questioned whether Atlantic salmon – one of the most popular fish in the world – could be grown in cleaner and healthier land-based systems. Earlier this month, more than 140 scientists, engineers, academics, fish farmers and suppliers, conservationists, government representatives, and innovative entrepreneurs from 15 countries came together to discuss not if it could be done, but rather how to improve the performance, sustainability, and cost of raising salmon and other fish in commercial, land-based aquaculture.

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September 3, 2013
View of Hoback River (right) and Beaver Mountain from Poison Creek property. Photo by Luke Lynch/The Conservation Fund.
Jackson, Wyo. —  A partnership between the Jackson Hole Land Trust and The Conservation Fund has enabled the permanent protection of a 37-acre property within crucial wildlife winter range in central Teton County. In late August, the USDA Forest Service acquired the property, with support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and added it to the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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July 31, 2013
Yellow River in Wisconsin. Photo by Tom Duffus, The Conservation Fund.

Juneau County, Wis. — The meandering waters of the Yellow River in Southwest Wisconsin play a critical role in one of only a few remaining bottomland hardwood forest ecosystems in the Midwest. Now a sizable portion of this important watershed is conserved, thanks to the efforts of The Conservation Fund and Juneau County.

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July 18, 2013
Big Sioux River, South Dakota. Photo by Clint Miller/The Conservation Fund.
 
Statement by Tom Duffus, Midwest Region Vice President, The Conservation Fund 

“The Conservation Fund is honored to assist the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in the establishment of the nationally significant Good Earth State Park. The Fund protected and acquired 254 acres of high quality oak woodlands, savanna and native prairie along the Big Sioux River in 2011 for the creation of South Dakota’s first state park in more than 40 years. Today’s dedication ceremony marks a conservation milestone not only because the land is considered the most important Oneota cultural site in the Midwest, but also because it is the state’s first Forest Legacy project.”

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July 14, 2013
Greenville, S.C. – America’s forest landowners and forest products industries rely heavily on a cadre of small businesses for the harvesting and transporting of trees. If those small businesses don’t thrive, forest landowners and converting mills suffer.

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June 23, 2013
The Totogatic River was designated a "Wild River" by the State of Wisconsin in 2009. Photo by Bethany Olmstead/The Conservation Fund.

Minong, Wis. — Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA) and The Conservation Fund celebrated today the completion of a collaborative effort to protect a 259-acre property along the Totagatic Wild River. During a dedication ceremony held on the property, the land was formally donated to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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June 2, 2013
View from the Preservation Ranch property looking East. Photo by Chris Kelly/The Conservation Fund.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — In a high-profile win for forestry, a public-private partnership led by The Conservation Fund has completed the largest conservation project in the history of Sonoma County. Together with its partners, the Fund has purchased and protected the 19,645-acre Preservation Ranch property, a vast forested parcel threatened by development and vineyard conversion. The Fund will sustainably manage the land for timber, carbon sequestration and restoration of coho salmon habitat.

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May 22, 2013
Lesser-prairie chicken in flight. Photo by Jacob Spendelow.

This release was distributed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and published here with permission.


AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved the acquisition of more than 3,000 acres of lesser prairie-chicken habitat as an addition to the Yoakum Dunes Preserve in the Texas Panhandle, which is dedicated to the conservation of this iconic grasslands species.

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