The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) was awarded $1.7 million in funding to cultivate healthy downtown commercial districts in West Virginia, working alongside for-profit developers, independent building owners, nonprofit development groups and commercial tenants.

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

“The Conservation Fund applauds today’s Senate Committee action that advanced the permanent reauthorization and full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This momentous action, along with recent action by the House Committee, could not come soon enough, as LWCF expired on September 30. LWCF is a strongly backed, bipartisan program that requires immediate Congressional action to reinstate the longstanding commitment to all Americans and continue this essential funding for 21st century America.

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The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, held an event today to celebrate the addition of 616 forested acres to Cherokee National Forest near the Tennessee-Georgia border.

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With a distinguished career in land conservation spanning over three decades, Kim Berns-Melhus has been named the Minnesota state director with The Conservation Fund.

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The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and The Conservation Fund announced the completion of a multi-year effort to secure a 24,000-acre landscape of working forestland in Coos County near the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the Mahoosuc Mountains. 

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The Bureau of Land Management and The Conservation Fund celebrated the addition of 646 acres near Casper, Wyoming, including 1.5 miles along the North Platte River into America’s public lands.

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The Conservation Fund applauds the State of Maryland on the creation of the Harriet Tubman Rural Legacy Area (HTRLA). Funded through Maryland’s innovative Program Open Space, the 28,300-acre rural legacy area will protect and conserve the natural, cultural and historic landscape of Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy. 

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Put-in-Bay Township Park District and The Conservation Fund announced today the conservation of 13.4 acres of critical migratory bird habitat on Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands. The protection of this land, which comprises two parcels on Middle Bass Island, will ensure that its forest and wetland ecosystems remain intact and will provide increased recreation opportunities for island visitors.

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The Conservation Fund announced the completion of the four-year, $7.5 million effort to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam in Southcentral Alaska. For the first time in 89 years, the five species of Pacific salmon that live in the Eklutna River, located 20 miles north of Anchorage, can now move upstream to additional spawning habitat. 

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The Conservation Fund and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are pleased to announce an event on September 6, 2018, to celebrate the opening of North Carolina’s Headwaters State Forest.

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