The Conservation Fund in the News

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.

November 8, 2017
Cydney, Baron, The Claremore Daily Progress — A research station intended to conserve Oklahoma's native woodlands and aid in protection of endangered species such as the American Burying Beetle was formally dedicated Monday.

RSU, the RSU Foundation, the Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met for the dedication.

November 5, 2017
Bob Butters, — On Oct. 20, an official dedication ceremony was held in Sewanee celebrating the addition of 3,075 acres of the recently protected Sherwood Forest tract to South Cumberland State Park.

Officials from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, South Cumberland State Park, and other agencies and organizations gathered at a residence overlooking Lost Cove not far from the tract. This was also the site of that weekend’s Goldenrod Gala event, which successfully raised over $22,000 to fund Friends of South Cumberland programs and initiatives supporting the park.

November 1, 2017
Brad Rich, Carteret County News-Times — EMERALD ISLE ­— The Conservation Fund, a national environmental organization, closed Tuesday, for the town, on a $3 million purchase of a nearly 30-acre tract behind the old town hall and recreation center on the north side of Highway 58 (Emerald Drive).

The fund, which has an office in the state, will hold the property and is to convey it to the town in the spring of 2018, but will allow public use of it in the interim.