The Conservation Fund in the News

June 8, 2018
Devon O’Neil, Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine – Just before nine on a moody July morning, a Polaris Ranger rolls to a stop outside my cabin high above the Colorado River, 50 miles west of Vail. I had heard Jim Bair was a large man, but when he unfolds himself from the cab of his muck-spattered ATV, he towers over me like a redwood, all six-foot-seven of him, and extends a calloused hand that envelops mine like a catcher’s mitt gloves a ball.

May 30, 2018
Jason Nark, Philadelphia Inquirer – A vast swath of Penn’s Woods in Elk and McKean Counties will be conserved, thanks to a Virginia-based nonprofit.

The Conservation Fund, in a news release, said the Clarion Junction Forest consists of 32,598 acres of “sustainable timberland” around the city of Johnsonburg, Elk County, in the “Pennsylvania Wilds,” just under 300 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It may be the largest conservation acquisition by a nonprofit in Pennsylvania history, a spokeswoman said.

May 24, 2018
Tim Carman, Washington Post – Fish feel pain.

Read that sentence again: Fish feel pain.

The idea that fish suffer runs counter to almost everything Americans have been taught about creatures of the sea. That their brains are not complex enough to experience pain. That their behaviors when stressed — such as wriggling violently on a hook — are just unconscious reactions, disconnected from the suffering of sentient beings. That they’re, more or less, unfeeling little meat sticks that don’t deserve animal welfare protections.

May 10, 2018
Felix Salmon, Slate – In December 1996, one of Slate’s earliest major projects was the Slate 60 —an index of America’s most generous philanthropists. It was inspired by an interview Ted Turner gave to Maureen Dowd where he explained that his greatest fear, when writing enormous charitable checks, was the effect they might have on his coveted place on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. Thus was the concept of “competitive philanthropy” born. By ranking and celebrating Americans’ largest annual gifts, the thinking went, Slate might encourage more of them.

May 2, 2018
Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News – A Virginia-based group has acquired three forested properties totaling nearly 17,900 acres in Hancock and Washington counties.

The Conservation Fund acquired the properties on Tuesday from H.C. Haynes, Inc., a forestry company based in the Penobscot County town of Winn. The properties — the purchase prices of which were not disclosed — will be conveyed to other nonprofit conservation organizations after those groups raise money to purchase them.

May 1, 2018
Pipeline & Gas Journal – The Conservation Fund’s CEO Larry Selzer grew up in New England on the shore of Long Island Sound, where the ocean was his playground. As a result, Selzer wanted to be a marine biologist from the time he was very young. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he joined the staff at Manomet, a nonprofit biology research center in southeastern Massachusetts.

April 22, 2018
Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle – A pair of land transactions in opposite corners of Texas promise to expand the amount of public lands and public hunting, along with fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities in the state.

The transactions will protect almost 20 square miles of some of the most critically imperiled wildlife and fisheries habitat in Southeast Texas and add 25 square miles of Rio Grande-bordering Trans-Pecos landscape to the state’s largest wildlife management area.

April 20, 2018
Jeff Kart, Forbes – One way to mark Earth Day is with a credit card, by making donations to charities involved in environmental protection throughout the year.

And if you're going to give for April 22, you might as well get the most for your money. Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits, has a handy list of highly rated three- and four-star organizations that provide education, draft legislation and lead efforts to protect the planet. What's more, you may have heard of many of these orgs, but the list also highlights a number of smaller groups working on innovative projects.