The annual Ann Arbor Greenbelt Bus Tour took place over the weekend, and with great support and enthusiasm from local leaders and the community alike.

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Furthering their commitment to address climate change by protecting and restoring America’s forests, a coalition of companies including Dell, MaCher, New Jersey Natural Gas, Philadelphia Eagles, The North Face, U-Haul and other climate champions are contributing to the restoration of more than 660 acres at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, the latest phase of an ongoing effort to reforest more than 1,400 acres with native trees at the wildlife refuge.

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The Conservation Fund is working to protect ecologically and economically important forests before it’s too late. Through its Working Forest Fund® program, the Fund is stepping up to quickly acquire large, threatened working forests across the country, including in Pennsylvania, where it recently acquired 32,598 acres of sustainable timberland surrounding the city of Johnsonburg.

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Matt and Stacy Crabb have managed ranchlands on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountain Front for the last 11 years. When the opportunity arose for them to acquire more than 8,500 acres to establish and expand their own ranching business, they turned to The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for help. 

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A collaborative effort between The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, New England Forestry Foundation, Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Downeast Salmon Federation will provide opportunities to conserve more than 17,000 acres of forestland to protect wildlife habitat, ensure future recreational access and support the economies of nearby coastal communities.

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A 1,054-acre former Girl Scout camp near Dingmans Ferry has become part of the National Park Service’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, permanently protecting it from development. 

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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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