Press Releases

May 31, 2014
Proctor Creek runs through Lindsay Street Park

ATLANTA, Ga.— U-Haul and The Conservation Fund announced today a $375,000 commitment to give back to the environment and strengthen the green economy in Atlanta.  Through a three-year investment in the Fund’s Parks With Purpose program, U-Haul and its customers will support The Conservation Fund’s work to bring community members, businesses and city officials together to improve the environment, the local economy, and the quality of life for Atlantans living in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.

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May 20, 2014
Newly purchased forestland near Sumter, SC. Photo by Jason Johnson.

SUMTER, S.C. —The City of Sumter, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has completed the purchase of a 694-acre property, known as Kel-Sam Farms, located less than a mile from Shaw Air Force Base. Over the next several months, the City intends to place a conservation easement on the property that will prevent development near the military installation and preserve the land’s natural resources. In addition, the City will consider and evaluate opportunities to sustainably manage the property for timber, while offering public trails for hiking, biking and equestrian activities.

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May 14, 2014
Photo by Todd H. Martin of the Southern Loggers Cooperative
 
This release was distributed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. 

One of the best-known names in tree-growing and forest stewardship is the first forest products company in America to participate in a new program that will boost the economic vitality and sustainability of the nation’s 10,000 independent timber harvesters and haulers. Weyerhaeuser has teamed up with the Southern Loggers Cooperative, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Natural Capital Investment Fund to launch a program that will significantly improve access to cost-effective diesel fuel.

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May 5, 2014
Gopher tortoise by burrow entrance. Photo by Linda May. Courtesy of Georgia DNR.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.—A conservation-minded partnership has preserved 2,700 acres of wildlife habitat in southeast Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, opening to the public a place valued for its recreational opportunities and rare species.

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April 28, 2014
Sharp-tailed grouse. Photo by Larry Dau

MINONG, Wis.—About 1,400 acres of globally significant habitat, which will benefit public recreation and wildlife, including the flamboyant sharp-tailed grouse, has been preserved thanks to a partnership among the Department of Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund and several regional contributors.

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April 27, 2014
Lake Wateree and Liberty Hill property. Photo by Brian Gomsak
LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C.—Today the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and The Conservation Fund announced the permanent protection of 1,628 acres and more than six miles of Lake Wateree shoreline in Lancaster County. SCDNR will manage the property as part of its Wildlife Management Area program for habitat and water quality preservation and plans to make it available to the public for hiking, hunting, bird watching and fishing. 

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April 12, 2014
Cheat River. By Reggie Hall.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Cheat Canyon, one of West Virginia’s most iconic landscapes and a magnet for outdoor recreation, will be protected for future generations by a conservation partnership that includes The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the groups announced today.

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April 7, 2014
Tree planting at Red River NWR. Photo by Neil Johnson

Bossier City, La.—With a grant from BHP Billiton, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) planted 18,000 seedlings across 40 acres at Red River National Wildlife Refuge near Bossier City. The newly restored hardwood forest will provide long-term benefits to wildlife, water and air quality and public recreation opportunities. 

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