The Conservation Fund in the News

August 18, 2017
Jeff Lusk, West Virginia Executive, 18 August 2017 – According to the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s annual report, the Mountain State generated $14 in taxes for every $1 spent on advertising in Fiscal Year 2016. As the state continually searches for ways to increase revenue and diversify its struggling economy, organizations such as Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad (DGVR), the Hatfield McCoy Trail System and Racer Productions are providing massive opportunities for statewide economic development and diversification.

The success of the trails has not gone unnoticed at the national level. In 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) granted funding to help businesses develop along the trails. This grant, coupled with an ARC grant to the Natural Capital Investment Fund, will provide business coaching, small business training and risk capital to entrepreneurs developing businesses to support the trail system. The growth of the trail system and the entrepreneurial opportunities it provides are enormous. It continues to exceed all expectations and is serving as an engine for tourism growth and entrepreneurship.
August 16, 2017
Neil Ramsden, Undercurrent News, 16 August 2017 – Norwegian research body Nofima is running various research projects into the various finer points of recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) technology, in the belief that land-based systems will play a part in the industry in future.

Steven Summerfelt – of the Freshwater Institute in the US, and CtrlAqua – added that the US was likely to see a rise in RAS fish production, with great interest in raising fish near population centers.

July 13, 2017
Kie Relyea, The Bellingham Herald, 13 Juy 2017 – The Whatcom Land Trust and some partners have bought 11-1/2 acres off Drayton Harbor Road to help restore the habitat that is part of an estuary there and to improve public access to the shoreline.

The purchase price was $405,000 for what’s being called the California Creek Estuary property in Blaine.

June 15, 2017
Jena Thompson Meredith, Huffington Post, 15 June 2017 – The private sector—and corporate America in particular—has led the charge on an array of sustainability issues, climate change most prominently, for years. Many are now stepping up to address one of the most urgent challenges today: the loss of America’s invaluable working forests.

June 9, 2017
Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch News, 9 June 2017 – A long-orphaned dam on the Eklutna River is getting demolished after sitting unused for over 60 years.

But there will be no explosives bringing the dam down, nor will there be any wrecking ball smashing the 70-foot-tall concrete structure apart, despite the on-site presence of the state's largest crane.

May 25, 2017
David Figura,, 25 May 2017 – Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was all about "improving access" for outdoors sports enthusiasts along and near the Salmon River in Oswego County.

When that access is improved, an uptick in the local economy due to increased fishing and other outdoors activities is sure to follow, he said

May 24, 2017
Kyle Perrotti, The Mountaineer, 24 May 2017 – Canton’s first brewery is less than a month away from opening its doors to the public, but some lucky people got a sneak peak Thursday night, as BearWaters hosted a small celebration to toast its loan from the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF).

May 21, 2017
Tom Walker, Aquaculture North America, 15 May 2017 – The first commercial scale indoor Atlantic salmon RAS facility in the US is up and running in Northfield, Wisconsin. 

“Our initial cohort of year-old Atlantics are moving through the system,” says Superior Fresh COO Brandon Gottsacker.  “We expect to harvest them in the second quarter of 2018 at a target weight of 4-5 kilograms.”