The Conservation Fund in the News

June 29, 2016
Joseph McClain, William & Mary, 29 June 2016 – The U.S. National Park Service has taken Werowocomoco under its umbrella.

The site of Werowocomoco, Powhatan’s capital city during the early years of the Jamestown Colony, has been acquired by the National Park Service. The site will be incorporated into the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, informally known as the John Smith Water Trail

June 23, 2016
Maggie Lee, Creative Loafing, 23 June 2016 – On a busy but run-down block in English Avenue, in view of way too many houses that have plywood or shards of glass where windows should be, and where trash invades some of the sidewalks, one bright green site stands out.

“They going to build condos there?” said a passerby who gave his name as J.J., peering through a chain link fence on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard onto a fresh-mown lot sloping gently away from the street and toward trees.

June 1, 2016
Aerin Curtis, Feed, 1 June 2016 – Aquacutlure production systems have little to fear from fishmeal-free diets even as fish gut bacteria reacts to the change, say researchers.

A group of US researchers examined what it can mean to replace fishmeal in farm-raised salmon diets for the gut health and microbiome of the fish and the functioning of the bio-filters in a recirculation aquaculture system (RAS).

May 31, 2016
Dennis Pillion,, 31 May 2016 – When Carl Silverstein was a teenager, tramping through the Alabama outdoors with his father to places like Mt. Cheaha and the Walls of Jericho, Mike Leonard was an inspiration and friend, an example of how one person can make a difference in preserving special wild places.  

Leonard was fresh out of law school, working for a firm in Birmingham and dedicating hours upon hours of his own time to protecting sensitive wild places. He got to know Carl's father J.M. Silverstein through the Alabama Conservancy, and sometimes Carl would tag along. 

May 23, 2016
Jonathan Rowe, Washington Daily News, 23 May 2016 – A series of grants have been awarded to several organizations in Beaufort County to support food projects.

The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit established to protect working land/waterways and promote sustainable economic development, awarded grants to three organizations in Beaufort County through its Resourceful Communities Program (RCP). 

May 21, 2016
Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 21 May 2016 – The state Department of Natural Resources wants to add more than 7,000 acres to its holdings in northwestern Wisconsin in a deal that builds on a historic transaction comprising more than 100 square miles.

If approved by a state board, the DNR will purchase an easement on 7,090 acres in Douglas County for $3.5 million. The land would be added to the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, which consists of large and small blocks of forestland now totaling 65,867 acres in four counties. 

May 19, 2016
Gene Motley, Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, 21 May 2016 – What does a public policy workshop and one of North Carolina’s largest financial institutions have in common? They’re putting together what they hope are the ingredients to stimulate investment and to create jobs and wealth in an uncertain economy in the eastern part of the state.

The workshop, coming next month from the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill, will cover promising strategies and tools for promoting economic development in the face of tight budgets and tough economic conditions.

May 15, 2016
Cathy Dyson, The Free Lance-Star, 15 May 2016 – A team from the Northern Neck recently participated in a three-day course designed for rural communities that want to balance natural resources and commercial activities.

The Conservation Fund designed and delivered the program, which was held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Four teams from across the nation attended, and the Northern Neck was the only group selected from Virginia.