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July 6, 2017
First Order Tributary on the Wellspring Mountain property. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy.
LOWGAP, N.C.—Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) announced today the purchase of the historic Camp E-Mun-Talee by Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and Wellspring Mountain, Inc. The 500-acre property, located in western Surry County and previously home to the Eckerd Youth Alternatives program for troubled youth, includes a 40-acre campsite with 18 structures for lodging and activities. The remainder of the property is under a conservation easement held by PLC. 

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May 4, 2017
This release was distributed by United Bank and published here with permission. To view the original posting, click here

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V.—United Bank, Inc., a subsidiary of United Bankshares, Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered in West Virginia, recently announced the investment of $500,000 in the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)

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August 30, 2016
Photo courtesy of Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V. —The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)—a green business lender and an affiliate of the national nonprofit Conservation Fund—and the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Hatfield-McCoy) announced their partnership focused on creating jobs and improving quality of life in coal-impacted communities in southern West Virginia. Using a total of $2.6 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) the two organizations will expand access to capital and business advisory services for tourism-related businesses and help diversify the region’s economy.

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May 5, 2016
Photo by Bill Bamberger

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Wells Fargo today issued a $1.6 million award to the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), a green business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast. As a result, the Fund will expand access to lending and business advisory services for African American farmers and small business owners, primarily in Eastern North Carolina.

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October 28, 2015
Courtesy VC2 Initiative

Shepherdstown, W.V.—The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)— a green business lender supporting locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast— has received a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance farm-to-fork delivery and expand the supply and selection of local produce between wholesale markets in West Virginia, Ohio and Southwest Virginia. The Local Food Promotion Program grant, provided through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, and an additional $33,000 of matching funds will help farmers, processors, cooperative groceries and food hubs and retailers meet growing demand for local food, improve distribution channels and build strong and profitable businesses.

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May 14, 2014
Photo by Todd H. Martin of the Southern Loggers Cooperative
 
This release was distributed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. 

One of the best-known names in tree-growing and forest stewardship is the first forest products company in America to participate in a new program that will boost the economic vitality and sustainability of the nation’s 10,000 independent timber harvesters and haulers. Weyerhaeuser has teamed up with the Southern Loggers Cooperative, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Natural Capital Investment Fund to launch a program that will significantly improve access to cost-effective diesel fuel.

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February 27, 2014

Greenville, S.C.—The most under-appreciated and yet critically-important link in the forest products industry value chain—from tree grower to end consumer—is comprised of nearly 10,000 small, independent business contractors—America’s timber harvesters and haulers (a.k.a. “loggers”). The folks who harvest mature trees and transport them to a converting mill.

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July 14, 2013
Greenville, S.C. – America’s forest landowners and forest products industries rely heavily on a cadre of small businesses for the harvesting and transporting of trees. If those small businesses don’t thrive, forest landowners and converting mills suffer.

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