Press Releases

May 2, 2016

LAWRENCE and BALDWIN CITY, Kan.—Thanks to the cooperation of a group of organizations and individuals, the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve—part of the University of Kansas (KU) Field Station and a jewel of biodiversity in Douglas County—has grown to 456 acres and is now unified as one contiguous tract. The protection of the additional land was announced Saturday at a dedication event at Vinland, Kansas, near the Preserve.

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April 29, 2016

Boulder, Colo.; Seattle, Wash.; Washington, D.C.— REI, national specialty outdoor retailer and consumer co-op, has partnered with the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association, The Conservation Fund, and Mayor Bowser to ensure every public school 4th grader in Washington, D.C. has a powerful national park experience this year. Via Parks4Kids, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation and the Outdoor Industry Association, and the support of the Mayor’s office, approximately 3,300 4th graders in the District will have the opportunity to visit a nearby national park.

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April 20, 2016
Falls Lake

RALEIGH, N.C.—The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a coalition of nonprofit conservation organizations, has released its 2015-2045 Conservation Strategy, which demonstrates the value of land conservation as a  key investment to protect drinking water supplies in North Carolina’s Upper Neuse River Basin.  The Conservation Strategy identifies the most important areas to conserve to ensure water quality downstream, and sets an ambitious goal of preserving 30,000 acres over the next 30 years.

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April 20, 2016
Moisers Knob. Kathy Haake/The Trust for Public Land

This release was distributed by the Open Space Insitute and National Park Service and published here with permission. 

BUSHKILL, PA—A major victory toward long-term protection of the Delaware River Watershed has been realized with the addition of three new properties to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, further expanding the world-class park. And now, amid rising concern about the damaging effects of climate change, a “Resilience Analysis” conducted by the Open Space Institute has captured and inventoried the entire park’s critical role as a regional haven for wildlife and natural moderator of flooding and drought. 

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April 20, 2016
Petrified Forest National Park
The Conservation Fund celebrates today’s passage of legislation in the U.S. Senate that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA); and reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for five years, among other conservation victories. 

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April 12, 2016
The former Buffalo Mountain Camp and Retreat Center. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Church

Nashville, TN— A treasured piece of Appalachia, lovingly enjoyed and protected by the United Methodist Church (UMC) for nearly 70 years, has been passed along to new temporary stewards. In the process, a beloved youth camp will get a new lease on life.

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April 4, 2016
Photo by Cameron McIntyre
Media Statement by Will Allen, Vice President of Strategic Conservation Planning and Integrated Services, The Conservation Fund

"The Conservation Fund congratulates Amigos de los Rios on receiving the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2016 Award for Excellence in Sustainability for a Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project for its work on the Emerald Necklace Forest to Ocean Expanded Vision plan for Los Angeles County. The plan protects water resources while expanding parks and green infrastructure, particularly in underserved L.A. communities. The APA Awards for Excellence in Sustainability honor projects, plans, policies, individuals and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

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March 31, 2016
Photo by Natalie Abbassi

This release was distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture and published here with permission. 

ATLANTA—U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials today joined 15 national and regional philanthropic partners to announce a new initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems around ten key U.S. cities. The project, dubbed 'Food LINC', will connect demand for local food in ten urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening each region's local food business sector and also increasing consumer access to healthy, local food. The announcement was made at the Wallace Center's National Food Hub Conference in Atlanta.

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