The Conservation Fund in the News

July 5, 2018
Gareth Moore, Fish Farming Expert –  The fish appeared in the shops on July 4 – Independence Day – although with an annual output of around 72 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and steelhead trout combined, three-quarters of which is salmon, Superior Fresh is unlikely to make the state independent of imported salmon any time soon. 

July 3, 2018
Matt Craze, Undercurrent News –  Sam Chen was able to show off the freshest salmonid fish at the Boston seafood show this year because of an unassailable advantage. He had the fish harvested at 4 a.m. on each morning of the show and trucked them in to Boston, just-in-time.

June 22, 2018
Matt Craze, Undercurrent News –  For many years in certain parts of Maryland, shoppers at Wegman’s supermarket chain have enjoyed the occasional appearance of Atlantic salmon fillets raised just down the road.

The fillets have two outstanding qualities: they arrive at the store incredibly fresh, and the fillets are thick – great for throwing on the barbecue or making kebabs.

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.