Press Releases

August 23, 2016
Scenic view from Waterrock Knob. By Steve Orr.

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Today a special celebration was held at America’s most visited unit of the National Park System—the Blue Ridge Parkway—to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. With funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), more than 5,300 acres along the Parkway and much of the spectacular views from Waterrock Knob are now permanently protected.

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August 5, 2016
Lake Wateree. Photo by Brian Gomask.

LANCASTER & KERSHAW COUNTIES, S.C.—Today South Carolina Senators Vincent Sheheen and Greg Gregory, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Conservation Fund joined other state and local officials, community members and private partners to celebrate the completion of an extraordinary effort to conserve more than 14 miles of Lake Wateree shoreline. At an event today at the recently-established Liberty Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA), more than 3,400 acres were dedicated as the Austin Sheheen Sr. Natural Resources Area in memory of the former Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce president and dedicated public servant. Mr. Sheheen not only dedicated his life to public service but also established a legacy for his children and grandchildren, who have so passionately followed in his footsteps.

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August 4, 2016
Photo provided by Aspen Valley Land Trust.
ASPEN, Col.—The meadows that gave rise to the Aspen Meadows Resort are here to stay. The Aspen Institute’s iconic central meadow, Amy’s Meadow, which lies on the edge of Aspen’s West End between the Aspen Meadows Resort and the Aspen Music Tent, was recently conserved in perpetuity through a conservation easement donated to Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT).

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July 28, 2016
2015 Grant recipient City Harvest. Photo courtesy of Rob Bennett.

ARLINGTON, Va.—Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. 

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July 22, 2016
Blackfoot River by Mark Sommer.

Pocatello, Idaho—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with The Conservation Fund and landowners Gordon and Theresa Prouse, has permanently protected 400 acres within Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Thanks to $900,000 in funding from America’s premier conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the conservation of this property will enhance public access to the area’s high quality recreational opportunities, such as fishing, camping, hunting and boating.  

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July 8, 2016
The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit environmental organization, has named Julie G. Barker to its Board of Directors.

Barker is a Director at Boston Consulting Group, where she leads internal consulting and operational re-design efforts for senior leadership. Boston Consulting Group is a worldwide management consulting firm operating in 82 offices and 46 countries, advising clients in private, public and nonprofit sectors.

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June 13, 2016
A concept drawing of Boone Park West—the final design will be determined through a community visioning process. Courtesy of Park Pride
Nonprofits and Partners Commit to Building Boone Park West in the Proctor Creek Watershed

ATLANTA—Park Pride, The Conservation Fund and partners announced today a “Commitment to Action” to encourage economic growth and opportunity for those living within Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting. The neighborhoods within the Proctor Creek Watershed, including Vine City and English Avenue, have long suffered from the negative effects of combined sewer overflows, economic disinvestment, social and educational challenges, and lack of greenspace. 

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May 27, 2016
From left to right: Bethany Olmstead (The Conservation Fund), Chief Tom Tidwell (USFS), Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede (WI DNR), Assistant Director Mark Buccowich (USFS-Northeastern Area), Tom Duffus (The Conservation Fund). Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

ARLINGTON, Va.—The private-public partnership that completed the largest land conservation effort in Wisconsin history—the 65,800-acre Brule St. Croix Legacy Forest—recently received a Wings Across The Americas Conservation Award from the U.S. Forest Service. 

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