Press Releases

August 2, 2017
Photo courtesy of Gardening the Community, a 2016 recipient of the Transporting Healthy Food Grant.
ARLINGTON, Va. —Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. 

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August 1, 2017
Photo by Nate Simms
ALBANY, N.Y. —The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 23,053 acres of working forestland in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. Known as Cowee Forest, the acquired lands provide critical connections to existing conserved areas and recreational resources, including access to the Taconic Crest Trail and the Rensselaer Plateau, as well as protection for important wildlife habitat within a short drive from Albany, New York, and Bennington, Vermont.

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July 31, 2017
Hardscrabble Ranch. Photo by Toby Sprunk, Eagle County.
This release was distributed by Eagly County, Colorado, and published here with permission. 

Eagle County, Col. – Eagle County Open Space is pleased to announce that The Conservation Fund successfully completed the purchase of the 1,540-acre Hardscrabble Ranch today from Brue Capital Partners. 

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July 17, 2017
Guenther farm. Photo courtesy of the City of Ann Arbor.
This release was distributed by the City of Ann Arbor and published here with permission. To learn more about The Conservation Fund’s partnership with the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Initiative, click here

Ann Arbor, MI—​On July 14, 2017, the City of Ann Arbor Open Space and Parkland Preservation Program, also known as the Greenbelt Program, announced the purchase of a conservation easement on nearly 250 acres of farmland in Lodi Township, protecting the agricultural use and conservation values of the private land. Owned by Lloyd and Betty Guenther, the majority of the property is in active agriculture in a mixture of corn, soybeans and wheat, with additional areas of wetlands and woodlands also being protected by the conservation easement.

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July 6, 2017
First Order Tributary on the Wellspring Mountain property. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy.
LOWGAP, N.C.—Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) announced today the purchase of the historic Camp E-Mun-Talee by Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and Wellspring Mountain, Inc. The 500-acre property, located in western Surry County and previously home to the Eckerd Youth Alternatives program for troubled youth, includes a 40-acre campsite with 18 structures for lodging and activities. The remainder of the property is under a conservation easement held by PLC. 

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June 14, 2017
View of Success Pond Forest
ARLINGTON, Va. — C&S Wholesale Grocers and U-Haul joined with The Conservation Fund today to announce their commitment to protecting forest-based supply chains. Each company will start by measuring and then offsetting a portion of their wood fiber use—from pulpwood to cardboard paper products—by contributing to the ongoing conservation of more than 8,700 acres of working forestland surrounding Success Pond in Northeastern New Hampshire.

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June 9, 2017
The Conservation Fund is proud to be the recipient of two Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) awarded by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). These innovative projects awarded today help conservation work for people, communities and landscapes by encouraging strong local economies, healthy food systems, and social and environmental justice

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May 24, 2017
The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced the protection of 3,236 acres of working forestland in the Towns of Redfield and Orwell in partnership with The Conservation Fund. This conservation effort will help to secure the working landscape of the Tug Hill region that provides vital economic support to local communities.nties. 

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