The Conservation Fund in the News

January 10, 2018
Sharon Durham, AgResearch Magazine – Although the global aquaculture industry produced 73.8 million tons of fish and shellfish, with an estimated first-sale value of $160.2 billion in 2014, the United States is still the leading global importer of fish and fishery products. 

ARS also provides funding to The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute (TCFFI), in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to develop these kinds of technologies. Recirculating water systems can help increase the amount of fish available to markets while solving some of the problems inherent in open-water fish farms.

January 8, 2018
Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — The last unprotected reach of Trinity Creek close to its headwater springs in Mequon will be relieved of a recurring burden of soil and agricultural pollutants now that it has been acquired by the Mequon Nature Preserve.

To ensure the 6.38-acre property west of busy Wauwatosa Road is not developed in the future, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has proposed paying $50,000 to the nature preserve to create a permanent conservation easement on the property deed that prohibits subdivision and building construction.

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?