We’ve worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to protect or restore more than one million acres, coast to coast. Today, we’re strategically confronting complex conservation challenges, including loss of wildlife habitat from infrastructure development, climate change and fragmentation. 

Land Conservation

National Wildlife Refuges are lands managed by the FWS to protect habitat for wildlife. By partnering with FWS and private landowners wishing to sell their land, we acquire lands to help complete and protect our nation’s National Wildlife Refuges. We also help states implement funding from the FWS to establish and expand state wildlife management areas, and other state-owned lands, to preserve wildlife habitat and provide public recreational access.

Mitigation

Serving as a trusted, independent resource, The Conservation Fund works with landowners and project partners to match mitigation funding with lands that the Service identifies as high conservation priorities. We negotiate the best conservation outcomes, while minimizing process delays.
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Climate Change

We’re helping USFWS confront sea level rise with strategic planning, land acquisition and restoration. We also plant trees to restore native forest habitat that cleans our air, filters our water and provides valuable shelter for birds and animals like the threatened Louisiana black bear. So far, we’ve restored more than 25,000 acres at 14 national wildlife refuges in the Southeast and Midwest. Learn more >>

Projects

Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation banking is experiencing unprecedented interest and demand across the country. A mitigation technique first popularized in California and...
Copperhead Hollow State Wildlife Area Project

Copperhead Hollow State Wildlife Area Project

Warblers, wood thrushes and whip-poor-wills migrating through Illinois gained more room to stretch their wings, thanks to the efforts...
Downeast And Eastern Maine

Downeast And Eastern Maine

Eastern Maine and its famed coastal area known as Downeast Maine has a one-of-a-kind beauty, with pristine forests, clean...
Clark County

Clark County

The Fund has undertaken several different conservation projects with the Bureau of Land Management in Clark County. Clark County Grazing...
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

In 2012, we helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expand the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge by nearly 270...
Cheat Canyon

Cheat Canyon

On a perfect September day, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin stood high over Cheat Canyon and welcomed the...
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Situated at 3,200 feet above sea level, Canaan Valley is the highest valley of its size east of the...
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Every summer, millions of tourists descend upon southern New Jersey’s Cape May peninsula for a bit of rest and...
Blair

Blair's Wharf

Completing The James River National Wildlife Refuge For more than 25 years, the Fund has worked with partners to fulfill their conservation...
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge covers roughly 9,000 acres of barrier island beaches and dunes, shrub-scrub, woodlands, farmlands...
Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

In October 2010, the Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network brought together local business leaders, elected officials and public land managers...
Alaska

Alaska's Cold, Wild Kenai River

Alaska’s wild salmon are a natural and economic wonder. One of the areas where their amazing journey from spawning...
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

The elusive and solitary ocelot, a small wild cat with markings similar to a leopard or jaguar, once ranged...