The Conservation Fund in the News

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.

April 12, 2018
Positively West Virginia – For small businesses to grow, they need to be invested in.

Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, finances and advises small to mid-sized enterprises, primarily in rural and underserved communities across a nine-state region, to build locally-owned companies that create lasting jobs and community growth.

NCIF borrowers build local food systems, conserve energy and water, support ecotourism, find creative outlets for recycled materials and provide essential community services.

April 1, 2018
Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant – "Get your oxygen on. Get your crampons. No Sherpas today,” shouted Carl Tjerandsen as we made our way through the valley of Brown’s Mountain, close to where the borders of Preston, Griswold and North Stonington meet.

On a recent early spring day, I joined Tjerandsen and Dennis Main, president of the Avalonia Land Conservancy, and Sue Sutherland, the vice president, to explore portions of a 409-acre property known as Tri-Town Ridgeline Forest, the group’s newest and largest acquisition in its 50-year history. The purchase brought Avalonia’s total preserved land in southeastern Connecticut to exactly 4,000 acres.

March 21, 2018
Herald-Dispatch – Businesses and entrepreneurs in several West Virginia counties are expected to see a boost from an investment fund aimed at supporting eco-tourism, agriculture and more.

The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), a small business lender that supports locally owned enterprises throughout central Appalachia and the Southeast, received more than $500,000 in investment and grant support from West Virginia-based United Bank, to increase its lending to eligible entities.