The Conservation Fund in the News

October 19, 2016
Cyrus Moulton, Worcester Telegram, 19 October 2016 – Town meeting voters Monday unanimously approved the purchase of 12.51 acres adjacent to the last remaining farm in West Boylston.

“The 12.5 acres is great just by itself, but it is attached to more than 100 acres of conserved land (and that) is very, very interesting, and it is the last operating farm in West Boylston,” said Colin Novick, executive director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

October 18, 2016
Amon Rappaport, GreenBiz, 18 October 2016 – As I set out this summer for a month traveling with my family through Africa, the Middle East and the United States for business and vacation, I wondered: Where would I find the best examples of sustainability and social impact — and lessons to bring home for businesses, brands and those of us working for a better world?

Let’s face it: Africa and the Middle East don’t usually conjure up images of "sustainability," but quite the opposite. 

October 14, 2016
USDA Blog, 14 October 2016 – It takes time, patience and a committed partnership, but seeing thriving forests of longleaf pine trees return to Alabama’s Gulf Coast is well-worth the wait.

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the American Southeast, stretching across 90 million acres. A stronghold of the region’s environment and economy, longleaf was an essential building material used during the American Industrial Revolution. Today, only four percent of the original forests remain standing.

October 12, 2016
National Geographic Ocean Views, 12 October 2016 – October is National Seafood Month. What better time to examine the critical role seafood plays in our global food system? Given that over 90 percent  of U.S. seafood is currently imported, and that twice the current supply will be needed by 2050, there is an urgent need for new ways to produce high-quality, local fish without putting more pressure on our oceans. 

October 6, 2016
Joe Dexter, Rockingham Now, 6 October 2016 – Current and future students at New Vision School of Science, Math, and Technology, Western Rockingham Middle School and Dillard Elementary will now have an opportunity to experience the benefit of learning outdoors.

The nearly 1,200 students enrolled at the three schools, as well as their teachers, will have access to a newly-constructed outdoor classroom and trail that sits behind Western Rockingham Middle School at 915 Ayersville Road.

September 28, 2016
Alyse Thompson, Candy Industry, 28 September 2016 – A new partnership will help American Licorice Co. advance its sustainability efforts.

Through an investment in The Conservation Fund’s sustainable working redwood forests in northern California, the company, which produces Red Vines, plans to purchase 20,000 tons of verified carbon offsets to counteract carbon dioxide emissions from electricity and fuel used at its headquarters in La Porte, Ind., and offices in Union City, Calif.

September 27, 2016
Larry Olmstead, Serious Eats, 27 September 2016 – A few weeks ago, the nonprofit conservation group Oceana released the latest in a long series of seafood fraud studies. The big reveal? Roughly 20% of seafood worldwide is mislabeled, allowing cheaper species to masquerade as more expensive ones with astonishing regularity.

August 30, 2016
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK 102.1 NPR, 30 August 2016 – So far this year 25 public beaches on Lake Michigan have had closures due to high bacteria levels. As sewers and septic tanks age, they can leak human waste into streams and lakes - which can make people sick. Some cities and towns are trying to fix this old infrastructure.

But there’s a problem - how do you find out which pipes are leaking? A company founded in Michigan, Environmental Canine Services, uses dogs to sniff out wastewater.