Press Releases

December 10, 2014
Shannon Farm’s 3,400 ft. of Chesapeake Bay shorefront will provide much needed public access to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as well as protect the scenic view. Photo by Bill Crouch, The Conservation Fund.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md.—The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) and St. Mary’s County, announced today the purchase and protection of 212 acres on the Chesapeake Bay that will provide opportunities for historical interpretation and recreational access along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, while buffering Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) from land uses that threaten the mission of the base.

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December 2, 2014
Future site of Lindsay Street Park in Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood

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December 2, 2014
Creation of Lindsay Street Park in Atlanta will help improve water quality for Proctor Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—
More than two dozen NGOs including conservation and outdoor recreation organizations announced their endorsement today for the Urban Water Federal Partnership, a collaboration of 14 federal agencies that aims to boost local economies and create jobs by restoring waterways and their surrounding communities.

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November 23, 2014
Garrity Mountain WMA. Photo by Mark Sommer.
ANACONDA, Mont.—The Conservation Fund and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) announced today the protection and addition of 640 acres to the Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) west of Anaconda. This project was made possible with funding from the Natural Resource Damage Protection Program, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), FWP and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust.   

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November 11, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Conservancy of Southewest Florida.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced today the release of “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region.” This landmark report unites multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for land conservation and economic revival in the Gulf of Mexico.

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November 6, 2014
Chief of Staff Griffin (in white) presents O’Day with her award on behalf of Governor O’Malley.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—On November 6, Governor Martin O’Malley named Jodi R. O’Day Chesapeake Bay Ambassador, in recognition of her work in land conservation.  The honor comes as O’Day, a vice-president and regional counsel of The Conservation Fund, marks 30 years of work to advance Maryland’s land conservation programs and environmental protection.  The Maryland Governor awards the Chesapeake Bay Ambassador on a case-by-case basis in recognition of significant contributions to Maryland’s natural resources.  

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November 5, 2014
Photo by Sean Gardner

BATON ROUGE, La.—Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and The Conservation Fund released an innovative vision for the wild places that make Louisiana the Sportsman’s Paradise. The 2014 Master Plan for Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges maps and evaluates every inch of the state’s rich tapestry of ecological and recreational resources – including 1.6 million acres managed by LDWF – and establishes a comprehensive strategic direction for management, future conservation, connectivity and restoration of these public lands.

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November 4, 2014
Photo by Seth-Patterson. Courtesy of USFWS

HARLINGEN, Texas—The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the protection of 7,428 acres of ranch land near Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Willacy County. The land, protected through a conservation easement granted by the Frank Yturria family, provides vital habitat for two endangered species, the ocelot and the aplomado falcon.

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