Press Releases

November 18, 2015
Photo by Stacy Funderburke
Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund 

“As originally designed by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) protects America’s natural treasures – the local parks and greenways where our children play, the private farms and forests we nurture, and the federal and state public lands where we recreate – and precious resources that support our national economy and improve our overall quality of life.

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November 17, 2015
Photo by Andrew Martin, Delaware Wild Lands Field Ecologist

ODESSA, Del.—One of the state’s most rapidly developing areas lies in the heart of the Delaware Bay’s fragile coastal zone. Now a significant section of this sensitive ecological region has been conserved thanks to private funding and an exceptional partnership.

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November 4, 2015
Shired Island after a storm. Photo by George Willson

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Conservation Fund today announced funding for five projects that support the priorities of Florida’s four Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor. The region will receive over $85,000 in funding through the Big Bend Seed Grant program and leverage an additional $240,000 in impact. Together, these projects will support the forestry industry's need for workforce development, ensure sustainable and productive fisheries with oyster reef rehabilitation and spotted sea trout harvests, and facilitate nature-based tourism through a new shellfish trail and wildlife watching opportunities. 

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October 28, 2015
Courtesy VC2 Initiative

Shepherdstown, W.V.—The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)— a green business lender supporting locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast— has received a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance farm-to-fork delivery and expand the supply and selection of local produce between wholesale markets in West Virginia, Ohio and Southwest Virginia. The Local Food Promotion Program grant, provided through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, and an additional $33,000 of matching funds will help farmers, processors, cooperative groceries and food hubs and retailers meet growing demand for local food, improve distribution channels and build strong and profitable businesses.

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October 22, 2015
Photo by Mark Gocke
Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund 

“The Conservation Fund applauds Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) for introducing bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), a critical western lands program that funds strategic conservation efforts, increases public access for public lands, supports economic development and consolidates land ownership. Original cosponsors include Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Ron Wyden (D-WY) and James Risch (R-ID).

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October 21, 2015
Mrs. Patricia Campbell and her granddaughter at the volunteer tree planting event before the grand opening of Lindsay Street Park. Photo by Shannon Lee.

ATLANTA—Today Mayor Kasim Reed joined residents, partners, foundations and businesses to celebrate the opening of the first park in Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood. Inspired, driven and built by community members wanting to improve their environment, local economy and quality of life, Lindsay Street Park is now a place of pride that provides cleaner water and a safer, more welcoming place for kids to play and neighbors to gather.  

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October 12, 2015
Reverend Richard Joyner. Photo by Natalie Abbassi.
Media Statement by Mikki Sager, The Conservation Fund Vice President and Director of the Resourceful Communities Program 

“The Conservation Fund congratulates Reverend Richard Joyner, Founder and Director of Conetoe Family Life Center, for being named one of 10 finalists for CNN’s Hero of the Year. This annual honor recognizes individuals whose passion to help others has changed the world. Reverend Joyner’s innovative, self-help work deserves national attention for its effectiveness in addressing chronic health problems, improving nutrition and educational performance of local youth, as well as growing leadership and a strong community through a 25-acre community farm. 

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October 7, 2015
Eastern Neck NWR. Photo courtesy USFWS.

ERWIN, Tenn.—ARLINGTON, Va. Thanks to contributions from U-Haul and its customers, more than 12,500 native trees will be planted across 23 acres at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) through The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program. The new forests will provide important habitat for the migratory birds and a variety of other wildlife along Maryland’s Eastern shore.

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