Press Releases

August 18, 2015
Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest. Photo by Coldsnap Photography.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.—The Conservation Fund and The Lyme Timber Company hosted U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer, the Office of U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley, Wisconsin State Representative Nick Milroy and other federal, state, local and private partners at an event today to celebrate the completion of the largest land conservation effort in Wisconsin history.  The Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest success is due in large part to funding from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks, which will expire in 44 days under the current authorization.  

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August 12, 2015
View of Eagle Rock property.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.—The Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced today the protection of a significant forest property at Michaux State Forest, thanks in part to funding from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks, which will expire in 50 days under the current authorization. The new addition to the forest will offer multiple benefits, including habitat protection for state-listed plants and animals, local water quality protection, a working forest supporting timber jobs and a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

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July 23, 2015
2014 grantee Farmshare. Courtesy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va.—Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by
CSX and The Conservation Fund

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June 29, 2015
One grantee will build an overlook to view the Whaleback, a renowned geological feature in Northumberland County. Photo by Jstuby, Wikimedia Commons.

TULSA, Okla.—Williams and The Conservation Fund today announced 17 conservation projects which will receive more than $2.5 million in funding through the Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program. Together, these projects will restore over 10 miles of wildlife habitat along streams, prevent thousands of pounds of harmful nutrients from entering waterways, and support the construction of eight miles of new trails in central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

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June 29, 2015
Prairie Hills Wetland Reserve. Photo by Megan Pierce.
MACOMB, Ill.—Community members, nature-lovers and conservation partners celebrated the creation of the Prairie Hills Wetland Reserve at a dedication ceremony on Sunday, June 28, in Banner, Illinois. Attendees toured the unique 535-acre Illinois River flood plain property that was purchased by the Prairie Land Conservancy, a division of Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., in December 2014.

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June 26, 2015
Pond on Spirit Lake property. Photo by Steve Henkel, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Nearly 15 years ago, The Conservation Fund and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) launched an innovative flood management program designed to improve the region’s resiliency and improve public green space access through strategic land conservation. Today, they celebrated the completion of the 100th project and the program’s success in protecting more than 3,100 acres of flood-prone land in 28 communities in greater Milwaukee.  

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June 1, 2015

BALTIMORE, Md.—Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, together with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, today launched the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition, a new effort to develop more public lands and trails, conserved wetlands and resilient watersheds in Baltimore and Central Maryland.

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May 21, 2015
Kentuck Swamp at Blackwater NWR

DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md.—Conservation efforts at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are very different than those at other protected wildlife areas across the country. Since the 1930s, approximately 5,000 acres of tidal marsh have been lost due to sea level rise, subsidence, erosion and impacts from invasive species. In a landscape that continues to change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must strategically conserve land most suitable for the relocation of important habitats in order to maintain water quality and sustain the array of wildlife that pass through and call the refuge home.

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