The National Park Service (NPS) and The Conservation Fund have finalized a purchase to add 2,494 acres to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Located near the visitor center and along the South Rim of the canyon, this addition to the park will provide access for additional recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and potential utility improvements in the park, which saw over 300,000 visitors in 2017.

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The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Awards For The Conservation Fund And Its Partners 

Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund

“The Conservation Fund once again commends the commitment of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to demonstrate and promote the value and effectiveness of voluntary, private lands conservation through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

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Eighty years ago President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the “Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937.” In the last eight decades, more than $122 million – a legacy worth more than $217 million in today’s dollars – from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration program has gone to West Virginia, including funding for the historic creation of the state’s largest conserved block of prime habitat for its new and growing elk population. 

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The Conservation Fund has appointed John S. Gilbert as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the financial management and strategy of the organization while helping to sustain and accelerate its dual mission of environmental protection and economic growth.

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Sportsmen groups, conservation organizations and outdoor recreation groups applaud U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) for introducing bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), a modified land exchange program for the West that increases recreational access to public lands, supports economic development, and consolidates land ownership. FLTFA is currently expired and unavailable.

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Media Statement by Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund

“The Conservation Fund applauds the U.S. Congress’ passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which expresses a commitment to protecting large, connected areas that benefit military readiness, conserves important species and habitat, and maintains working lands through the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program." 

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Through its ongoing work to conserve the best, and sometimes last, examples of the state’s natural landscape, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has recently acquired and protected more than 500 acres in northern Arkansas to directly benefit the habitats for both federally endangered and threatened species of bats. 

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The Conservation Fund and U-Haul announced the grant recipients of Growing Atlanta’s Green Economy Fund. Funded by U-Haul and its customers and administered by The Conservation Fund, the Growing Atlanta’s Green Economy Fund provides support to green or entrepreneurial programs working in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods, including English Avenue, Vine City, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville and Washington Park.

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the closing of the final phase of land purchased for the Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony took place at 1:00 PM on site with a program of speakers representing many of the partners on the project: The Conservation Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in addition to DNR Commissioner Mark Williams and Director Chuck Williams of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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Photo courtesy the Watershed Conservation
AZUSA, Cal. — The Watershed Conservation Authority and The Conservation Fund held a dedication event celebrating the protection of the long-coveted “Mt Baldy Ranch” in the Angeles National Forest. Established with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and with a State of California Proposition 84 California River Parkways Program grant, the Mt Baldy Wilderness Preserve provides access to public trails, scenic vistas, watershed preservation, and protection for important wildlife corridors and sensitive habitat.

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