The Conservation Fund in the News

August 25, 2016
Greensboro News & Record, 25 August 2016 – The Blue Ridge Parkway has made one of its most significant gains since adding lands once owned by Greensboro magnates Moses Cone and Julian Price more than 60 years ago.

More than 5,300 acres in the Plott Balsam mountain range overlooking Maggie Valley in Haywood County were deeded to the National Park Service by four private conservation groups, it was announced Tuesday.

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August 25, 2016
Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen-Times, 25 August 2016 – Jake Blood likes nothing more than a hard, calf-burning climb up a high mountain peak, the more patches of wild blackberries and need for bushwhacking, the better.

That’s why he finds such satisfaction in a hike amid the Black Mountains, which buttress Mount Mitchell and its sky-scraping elevation of 6,684 feet, the highest east of the Mississippi..

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August 24, 2016
Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen-Times, 24 August 2016 – A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway just wouldn’t be the same if the views looked like downtown Charlotte.

That’s one of many reasons supporters have worked for the past century to keep the parkway viewshed full of rippling mountains and bucolic farmland, rather than towering hotels and office buildings.

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August 24, 2016
Danny Henley, Hannibal Courier-Post, 24 August 2016 – As more basic amenities are added at the Sodalis Nature Preserve in Hannibal, the number of potential targets for vandals to attack is increasing. While not ruling out the potential damage that could be done in Sodalis by inconsiderate members of the community, there’s another group of individuals who are keeping a close eye on the popular walking area and bat habitat that opened earlier this year.

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August 11, 2016
Zoe Yudice, The Mendocino Beacon, 11 August 2016 – Due to the hard work of conservation groups, another portion of the beautiful California coastline will be open to the public.

Last month, the Mendocino Land Trust accepted a gift from The Conservation Fund of 49 acres of property located at the mouth of Ten Mile River, known as Ten Mile Estuary. The acquisition marks the successful completion of a six year effort to permanently protect the 1,340 acres of Smith Ranch.

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August 10, 2016
Sarah Tincher, The State Journal, 10 August 2016 – Most people wouldn’t think coal mining and fish farming could go hand-in-hand, but aquaculture specialists around the state are proving these industries are, in some cases, a perfect match.

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August 3, 2016
Mike Ross & Dan Carpenter, KTUU, 3 August 2016 – A Hydroelectric dam built on the Eklutna River in 1929 will be demolished next year and after many years of discussion, planning and permitting the actual site work has begun.

“Part of this is to restore the salmon, part of this is to restore Dena’ina culture. The Dena’Ina People have given a lot to Anchorage so this is a way to give back and help restore the namesake river,” said Brad Meiklejohn, Senior Representative of the Conservation Fund.

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August 3, 2016
Beth De Bona, Times-News, 3 August 2016 – A new “adventure accommodation” set to open this fall in Saluda aims to combine hip style with a historic atmosphere.

The Blue Firefly Inn is in the capable hands of Alexis Deal, probably best known for designing the interiors of Dandelion Cafe, West First and the Flat Rock Bakery.

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