Conservation AcquisitionConservation Acquisition
Our Revolving Fund, established in 1986, provides ready capital for acquisition of lands and waters of high conservation value. Funds are continually in use for conservation: upon repayment, we “revolve” the money back into the fund. Every dollar in the Revolving Fund is used to acquire property—no overhead, no administrative expenses.  

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Since its establishment, an average of over 90% of this Fund has been invested and continually re-invested in communities throughout America.

We use our Revolving Fund to help our federal, state and local partners by acting quickly to save priority lands vulnerable to development or fragmentation. As immediate conservation opportunities arise, our conservation partners turn to us to deploy the ready capital of our Revolving Fund. When public and/or private funding later becomes available to secure long-term protection, the Revolving Fund is repaid with interest (and continues to grow to serve future conservation investments).

Dollar for dollar, our Revolving Fund has protected more land than any other land conservation vehicle. Every $1 million invested in our Revolving Fund has conserved more than $40 million of land—a return on investment that cannot be matched.