Press Releases

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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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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