The Conservation Fund in the News

January 5, 2020
Amy Nordstrom, IEEE Spectrum, January 5, 2020–Inside a row of nondescript buildings in the small town of Albany, in northeast Indiana—approximately 1,000 kilometers from the nearest coast—Atlantic salmon are sloshing around in fiberglass tanks.

Only in the past five years has it become possible to raise thousands of healthy fish so far from the shoreline without contaminating millions of gallons of fresh water. A technology called recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) now allows indoor aquaculture farms to recycle up to 99 percent of the water they use. And the newest generation of these systems will help one biotech company bring its unusual fish to U.S. customers for the first time this year.

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December 18, 2019
Dave Russell, The Sylva Herald and Ruralite – The expansion of Sylva's collective back yard – Pinnacle Park – sees one deal done, one to go. Safeguarding this ridgeline not only adds another almost 500 acres to the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park, but it also saves from development the highest remaining privately owned property in the area.

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December 18, 2019
Kevin Lynch, SouthBaltimore.com – Improvements are continuing for Garrett Park in southern Baltimore thanks to $830,000 in grants from public and private sources.

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December 8, 2019
Sudhin Thanawala, New York Times (via Associated Press) – Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre site along the Satilla River east of Woodbine.

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December 6, 2019
Margaret Austin, Wyoming Eagle Tribune – Adding to the 34,000 acres of conserved land in Laramie County, a ranch directly adjacent to Curt Gowdy State Park has entered into a conservation easement that protects wildlife habitats, water quality and 560 acres of agricultural land.

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November 29, 2019
Tom Pfister, Forbes – One automaker delivered the gift of green infrastructure this holiday season. To help protect forestlands, Volkswagen of America, through a sponsorship of The Conservation Fund, is donating $1.25 million towards increasing the footprint of the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee by nearly 1,500 acres, and supporting other woodlands efforts.

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November 24, 2019
Carlos E. Medina, The Gainesville Sun – The Alachua Conservation Trust bought the “Orange Lake Overlook” property for more than $1.3 million from the Huff family. The purchase was possible through a $1 million loan from The Conservation Fund and more than 450 individual donations.

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November 22, 2019
Carl Richter, Texarkana Gazette – Oklahoma's Little River National Wildlife Refuge added 160 acres of protected forest and wetlands, a move that will make a large area of the refuge usable by visitors for the first time. The Conservation Fund purchased the property in 2017 and has transferred it to the USFWS thanks to funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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