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In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,435 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service—White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. In 2016, this area was given the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor for protecting important natural resources and habitat while maintaining working forests and sustainable economic opportunities for northern New Hampshire.

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When a large working forest is broken up—subdivided for development or sold off into smaller pieces—nothing can put these ecosystems back together again. Breaking up the forest like this harms its ability to clean the air and filter the water for entire regions, protect critical habitat for wildlife to roam, and keep local jobs and rural economies intact.

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In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,435 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. 

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Behind the scenes, our work to protect critically important landscapes is often multifaceted. Sometimes projects take unforeseen turns that involve big time commitments and rely heavily on strong relationships with partners and community members who also have myriad goals and concerns—all to ultimately accomplish conservation that’s good for both nature and for people. This is where The Conservation Fund thrives, and time and time again our partners choose us because we remain solution-driven no matter the challenge.

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Conservation of our land and water resources is inextricably tied to food production and the health of people. If a community doesn’t have control over the health of their land and water, it often means that they don’t have control over their food, and in turn, their health. The Conservation Fund and our partners are working to ameliorate innovative efforts that improve access to fresh healthy food across the United States.

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Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, are voluntary audits that verify fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. As consumer demand for fresh, local food has grown, so have instances of foodborne diseases.

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For 30 years, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute has led the way in developing environmentally-friendly, land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology, which grows high-quality fish, recycles water, repurposes waste and can be produced anywhere. 

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The Conservation Fund and CSX have teamed up to support local efforts in West Virginia’s southern coal region to improve healthy food options for children and families living below the poverty line by enhancing farm production and increasing both access to and the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available.

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Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus is pioneering a vision for a new kind of campus—one that strives to create more energy than it uses, and immerses students in sustainable practices in all aspects of daily life. The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute teamed up with the university to design and build its state-of-the-art aquaculture lab, which is sustainably raising trout that will be served in the school cafeteria and available in the surrounding community.

Watch the video to learn more about our role and about Eden Hall Campus' vision for a more sustainable future.

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At The Conservation Fund our work is based on the bold belief that protecting America’s most vital natural resources also strengthens our economy. Our on-the-ground staff work directly with communities to address new challenges with innovative and practical solutions.

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Upstate New York’s Tug Hill region, also known as Tug Hill Plateau, is known for its timber industry, snowfall and traditional northern forest outdoor recreational opportunities. Nestled within Tug Hill is the Town of Redfield—one of the many communities that depend on the area’s working forest landscape for economic support.

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Protecting valuable habitat that surrounds military installations, like Camp Williams, a National Guard training site located approximately 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, is vital to both our national security and the species that need these buffer lands to survive.

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