The Conservation Fund in the News

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

November 17, 2017
Charles Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2017 – Wanted: Lodging, food and other businesses related to the ATV tourism industy in Southern West Virginia.

As part of the mission, the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) loan fund through the Power Plus initiative was created specifically for the Hatfield-McCoy region. “They are loans, not grants,” she said. “But it is structured to be a little more friendly to startup businesses.”

Oliver said conventional business loans often have stricter guidelines and can be challenging. “The NCIF has a loan fund and they have a significant amount of money they are trying to get the word out about,” she said. “We really want to underscore that the tourism industry investment is an opportunity to really engage our small communities that have been hit hard by the downturn in the energy sector and to get people to return to their roots.”

November 15, 2017
Gloria Dickie, Oceans Deeply, 15 November 2017 – The recent escape of 160,000 Atlantic salmon raised in Pacific Ocean pens and environmental concerns about the impact of fish farms on wild populations have prompted a new look at inland aquaculture.summ

“The biggest challenge is the capital that’s required to produce salmon on land and compete in the marketplace,” said Steve Summerfelt, director of aquaculture systems research at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, which specializes in the design of aquaculture systems to promote water conservation. “When you start accounting for paying back capital, it makes it a more challenging business proposition. Right now, entrepreneurs are trying to prove it’s economically viable. There are only a few pioneers trying to be first, and a lot wanting to be second.”

November 14, 2017
Victoria Ritter, Gears of Biz, 14 November 2017 – Most of the studies investigating the use of ozone for enhancing the quality of water in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) reiterate the effectiveness of ozone in creating an ideal water environment. 

The ability of ozone to improve the water quality and to control various other water parameters in municipal and aquaculture tanks has been established. According to a study conducted at the Freshwater Institute, rainbow trout (Figure 1) exhibited more growth in an ozonized low exchange RAS than in a non-ozonized system. The study focussed on investigating the ability of ozone to create a favorable water environment for salmonids.