Press Releases

May 21, 2013
“The Conservation Fund applauds Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) (H.R. 2068), a critical western lands program. We also appreciate Representative Mark Amodei’s (R-NV) support as an original cosponsor. 

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May 19, 2013
Hidden Falls at East Fork Headwaters, recently acquired by NCFS for Headwaters State Forest. Photo by Everette Robinson.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) announced former Congressman Charles Taylor and his family, Dick Ludington of The Conservation Fund, and N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler as winners of the organization’s prestigious 2013 Lela McBride Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to land conservation and stewardship in the region.

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May 15, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. (May 16, 2013) – Today the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) (S. 368), which would enable strategic federal land sale revenues to be used for priority land conservation in the West.

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April 18, 2013
Kayaking in South Carolina. Photo by Graham Dean/Flickr

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Today, a coalition of federal, state and private agencies officially launched a new website for the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (SECT):  www.secoastpaddlingtrail.com.  First introduced at the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, the new SECT website will be the primary source for all-inclusive information on navigating the coastal water trails of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  Featuring detailed maps that highlight access sites, lodging and supply centers, paddlers can now travel an unbroken trail of tidal marshes and rivers more than 760 miles along the coasts of all four states.

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April 10, 2013
Photo by Sean Hayford O'Leary/Flickr
Arlington, Va. — The Conservation Fund applauds the continued commitment of President Obama to elevate the importance of preserving the outdoors for all Americans to enjoy. The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget takes a step in the right direction to ensure that dedicated funding from oil and gas proceeds are used for conservation and not diverted to other purposes. We urge the U.S. Congress to follow suit by halting the raiding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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March 24, 2013
Woodlawn property. Photo by Jim Graham.

New Castle County, Del. — The Conservation Fund is pleased to assist President Obama and the National Park Service in the establishment of the first national monument in Delaware: First State National Monument. The President signed a proclamation today to designate the historic 1,100-acre Woodlawn property in the Brandywine River Valley as part of the new monument under the powers granted to him by the Antiquities Act.  Prior to today’s announcement, The Conservation Fund owned the Woodlawn property, which it donated to the Park Service thanks to an extraordinary donation from Mt. Cuba Center to make this designation possible.

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March 24, 2013
Kayaking along the Brandywine River. Photograph by Whitney Flanagan/The Conservation Fund.
 
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Conservation Fund commends President Obama for establishing five new national monuments, including two that the Fund has helped make possible: the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County, Maryland, and the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The Fund donated two significant properties to the National Park Service for these monuments.

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March 24, 2013
Harriet Tubman. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Dorchester County, Md. — The Conservation Fund is pleased to assist President Obama and the National Park Service in the establishment of a national monument honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, an American hero who escaped slavery but returned repeatedly to the familiar Maryland landscape to lead dozens of family members and friends to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

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