The Conservation Fund in the News

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.

May 14, 2016
Chuck Rupnow, Leader-Telegram, 14 May 2016 – Sandy Burton doesn’t know what aquaponics means. She does know the impressively massive construction effort just off Interstate 94 in the Jackson County town of Northfield involves fish and plants.

“I just want to know what they are doing,” Burton, of Osseo, said Friday from outside a convenience store in Northfield, about 10 miles southeast of Osseo. “The one building is huge, and I think they’re growing fish.”

May 13, 2016
Midland Daily News, 13 May 2016 – Eight organizations will share nearly $8,000 that has been awarded by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) for projects that incorporate environmental and community goals.

WIN awards Action Grants that are a maximum of $1,000 twice each year, in addition to its larger grant programs. The Action Grants require a 1:1 match.

May 6, 2016
Morgan Simmons, Knoxville News Sentinel, 6 May 2016 – The entrance to Rocky Fork State Park is marked by a plain metal gate that only hints at the remarkable discoveries waiting on the other side. Located 30 miles from Johnson City in northeastern Tennessee, Rocky Fork State Park is a park in progress