The Conservation Fund in the News

January 3, 2018
Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen-Times — CEDAR MOUNTAIN -- Unlike the rest of us, DuPont State Recreational Forest will start off the new year with plans to expand its waist size.

The 11,000-acre state forest that spans Henderson and Transylvania counties is set to receive an additional 753 acres this year.

Known as the "Cascade Lake" property, it was donated in the will of a private landowner through the nonprofit Conservation Fund, which plans to convey the land to the state forest.

January 2, 2018
Eric Simons, Bay Nature – The 19,500-acre Buckeye Forest in northwestern Sonoma County holds a lot of trees. More than 75 percent of the trees are redwoods, tanoaks, and Douglas firs, with the rest a combination of sugar pines, true oaks, bay laurel, and other hardwoods.

You might take a close look at a sample of those trees to count them and size them and so see how much carbon is in them. Then, you might use statistics to arrive at an estimate of carbon in the entire forest.

December 29, 2017
David Ferry, Outside — In January 2015, the Pacific Crest Trail Association received a letter from the owner of a 402-acre plot of land near Stevens Pass, roughly 75 miles east of Seattle. The landowner, a family trust, held one of the few remaining privately held patches of the Pacific Crest Trail—a parcel that thousands of Washingtonians use each year to reach alpine wilderness areas and thru-hikers traverse on their way up to the northern terminus at Manning Park. The family trust, the letter said, wanted to sell.

December 14, 2017
Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily — EAGLE — That sound of rushing wind is conservation advocates exhaling all at once. The Hardscrabble Ranch open space deal is officially and completely done.

The 1,540-acre property was conveyed to Eagle County by The Conservation Fund, which was holding it until every last detail was hammered out. That hammering stopped this week.

December 8, 2017
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly, 8 December 2017 – “Philanthropy can take words and use them so much that they become meaningless,” remarks Rev. Mac Legerton, executive director of the Center for Community Action, based in Eastern North Carolina, in a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

Mikki Sager directs The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program in North Carolina. For Sager, key to the Fund’s role is to invest in capacity and build, as Schlegel and Peng put it, a “resilient grassroots nonprofit infrastructure to mirror the resilient communities necessary to meet the climate change challenge.”

December 2, 2017
Rick Sinnott, Anchorage Daily News — A recently published analysis of sediment layers has found no evidence of anadromous salmon in Eklutna Lake as far back as 1859. However, oral history and at least one written record suggest that ocean-reared salmon used to migrate up the Eklutna River to spawn in the lake. Who's right?

November 26, 2017
Editorial, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2017 – One of the greatest stumbling blocks facing the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system in southern West Virginia is a lack of necessary accommodations, including lodging and food, for the out-of-town trail riders. 

According to Oliver, the Natural Capital Investment Fund loan program through the POWER plus initiative was created specifically for the Hatfield-McCoy region. And the loan funding is structured to be more friendly to start-up businesses.

November 20, 2017
The Michigan City News-Dispatch — CHESTERTON — Shirley Heinze Land Trust has announced it recently acquired a 43.5-acre property along the Little Calumet River in Chesterton.

The land consists of 13 acres of natural area along the river and 30.5 acres that is currently in agriculture. Located west of Brummitt Road and south of Brummitt Elementary School, the property increases to 420 acres the total amount of land held by Shirley Heinze along the river’s East Branch