The Conservation Fund in the News

February 25, 2015
Tegan Wendland, WWNO-New Orleans Public Radio, 25 February 2015 — The Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge is between Slidell and Mandeville. Founded in the 1990s, it protects endangered birds and combats coastal land loss. It’s not just wildlife that thrives at Big Branch. The park’s volunteer program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together.

February 10, 2015
Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 February 2015 — Nearly 14,000 acres of northern Wisconsin forestland will be set aside for timber production and public use in a deal between the state and a nonprofit group.

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February 9, 2015
Karen Chavez, Asheville Citizen-Times, 9 February 2015 — While the summit Mount Mitchell is well known — and when it's not freezing or snowing — is easy to access as the very highest point in North Carolina, as well as the Eastern United States, the highest point in South Carolina has been languishing in obscurity. All that is about to change. Now, it looks like the idea for an accessible observation platform on Sassafras Mountain, which straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, will get its day to sparkle in the sun, thanks to a $350,000 gift from Duke Energy to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources last week.

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February 2, 2015
James Gorman, Outlet: New York Times, 2 February 2015 — In Wyoming, The Conservation Fund is working with federal, state and nonprofit groups to protect a critical bottleneck along the Red Desert-to-Hoback migration, a route traveled twice yearly by mule deer. This migration from winter range to summer grounds is as long as any known land migration in the lower 48 states and runs through a mix of public and private lands.

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February 1, 2015
Dan Oko, Texas Monthly, February 2015 — Texans may loudly profess love for their wide-open spaces, but about only 2 percent of the state is actually public property. The rest, famously, is privately owned. From an ecological perspective, this is not an entirely bad thing: the fact that there are so many exclusive spreads, such as the King Ranch, has guaranteed certain protections for the wildlife that thrives on them. But that is changing.

January 5, 2015
Nathaniel Axtell, Outlet: Hendersonville Times-News, 4 January 2015 — Using government grants and private donations, the N.C. Forest Service and its partners have now acquired more than half of the land necessary for a new 8,000-acre state forest in Transylvania County.

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December 12, 2014
Margery A. Beck, Associated Press, ap.org 13 December 2014 — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn’t growing corn or cattle – it’s fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi – often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky flesh – in large tanks inside a warehouse.

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November 29, 2014
Nicholas Geisler, OSMO Systems blog, Osmobot.com/blog 30 November 2014 — As part of our deep love for all things aquaculture, we’re profiling the companies and people making a difference in the future of farming. Today we’re talking about The Freshwater Institute, the Seafood Watch-approved indoor salmon farm that is changing the way we think about raising fish.

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