The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the expansion of the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge to include a critical component of the largest connected coastal freshwater wetlands in Texas. 8,169 acres of coastal prairie and marshlands that make up two-thirds of Sabine Ranch have been protected thanks in part to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Additional funding is still needed to complete the effort.

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A multi-year effort is underway between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands, the U.S. Forest Service and The Conservation Fund that will significantly expand revenue for Minnesota’s 337 public school districts and eliminate the patchwork ownership within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Conservation Fund’s recent purchase of 8,000 acres of forestland initiates the first phase of this effort.

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The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Forest Service have announced the purchase and protection of 229 acres near Shell Knob that will provide enhanced public access to the Piney Creek Wilderness. With funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the conserved land along County Road 2190 offers an ideal site for a new, safer trailhead and added parking for hikers, horseback riders, hunters, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Freshwater Institute facilities in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute was named a finalist for Fast Company's 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards.

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Conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and outdoor recreation groups praise the U.S. Congress and the President for enacting the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill, which includes permanent reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Expired since 2011, this successful land exchange program will once again increase recreational access to public lands, support economic development, consolidate land ownership, and conserve special places in western states.

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

“The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill secures several critical conservation victories. We congratulate the bipartisan lawmakers and conservation partners who have worked to achieve these successes—culminating years of hard work and partnership—that will protect our public lands, increase recreational opportunities, preserve historic places, strengthen local communities and boost the outdoor economy.

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and outdoor recreation groups applaud the House Natural Resources Committee for advancing legislation introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) to permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) (H.R. 5133). Cosponsors include Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT). FLTFA is a modified land exchange program for the West that increases recreational access to public lands, supports economic development, and consolidates land ownership. The program is currently expired and unavailable.

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The Conservation Fund has appointed four prominent conservation advocates to its Board of Directors: 

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The Conservation Fund announced the grant recipients for the 2017 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food. Twenty-one charitable organizations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to improve their capacity to store and safely deliver fresh, healthy food to their communities.

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The Conservation Fund and Roanoke Island Historical Association announced a unique partnership that will support the future of America's longest running symphonic outdoor drama and preserve the historic and natural landscape surrounding the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

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