The Conservation Fund

Our Projects

Preserving the ‘Peace of Land’ in North Carolina’s Piedmont

Preserving the ‘Peace of Land’ in North Carolina’s Piedmont

Over 90 acres of the Crossnore School & Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was beautiful, urban farmland. Not...
Preserving the Appalachian Trail Experience in Virginia and Vermont

Preserving the Appalachian Trail Experience in Virginia and Vermont

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is an iconic national treasure. Completed in 1937, key sections along the trail are...
Preserving the Former Vistoso Golf Course in Oro Valley, Arizona

Preserving the Former Vistoso Golf Course in Oro Valley, Arizona

With the help of many dedicated residents, The Conservation Fund will acquire and preserve 202 acres of open space...
Prickly Pear Land Trust

Prickly Pear Land Trust

As one of Montana’s fastest growing cities, Helena is facing rapid development. Consequently, conservationists and community advocates are coming...
Protecting a Key Piece of Kachemak Bay State Park

Protecting a Key Piece of Kachemak Bay State Park

Alaska's first state park contains roughly 400,000 acres of pristine mountains, glaciers, forests and coastline. However, nestled in Halibut...
Protecting Maryland’s Historic Black Beaches

Protecting Maryland’s Historic Black Beaches

During a time when segregation was enforced by law, Elktonia, Sparrow’s and Carr’s beaches in Annapolis were Chesapeake Bay...
Protecting One of Atlanta’s Largest Mature Forests

Protecting One of Atlanta’s Largest Mature Forests

Atlanta’s newest city park will preserve the ecologically and culturally significant 216-acre oak-hickory forest known locally as the Lake...
Protecting Some of the Rarest Species in Texas at Holly Beach

Protecting Some of the Rarest Species in Texas at Holly Beach

A stunning and ecologically important southern Texas landscape—providing habitat for some of the rarest species in the state—was slated...
Protecting the “Grand Canyon of the Eel River” — California’s Lone Pine Ranch

Protecting the “Grand Canyon of the Eel River” — California’s Lone Pine Ranch

This stunning 30,000-acre ranchland property—abundant with scenic river views, a resident elk herd, and unique geology and forests—is of national park quality. Throw in some world-class recreation and...
Protecting the “View That Named Richmond” along a Historic Virginia Riverfront

Protecting the “View That Named Richmond” along a Historic Virginia Riverfront

The “View That Named Richmond” along the James River from historic Libby Hill has faced threats of development for...
Protecting the Gopher Tortoise along Georgia’s Coastline

Protecting the Gopher Tortoise along Georgia’s Coastline

One of the few tortoises native to North America, the gopher tortoise is facing serious pressures from urban development...
Protecting the Poppies of Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore, California

Protecting the Poppies of Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore, California

In the spring, a large, relatively unknown poppy field shocked Southern California with a one-of-a-kind super bloom. Covering hillsides...
Range-wide Indiana Bat and Northern Long-Eared Bat In-Lieu Fee Program

Range-wide Indiana Bat and Northern Long-Eared Bat In-Lieu Fee Program

Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat populations have seen dramatic declines throughout their ranges because of loss of habitat...
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1996, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the newest of four refuges that make...
Ready Capital Preserves A Historic Nevada Ranch

Ready Capital Preserves A Historic Nevada Ranch

Jacks Valley Ranch is a little piece of Nevada history. Situated on the backside of Lake Tahoe in the...
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

The National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center (NCWMAC) is a new research facility established by USDA ARS to improve...
Reclaiming the Coharie River

Reclaiming the Coharie River

The Coharie River has long served as the lifeblood of the Coharie tribal community and its ancestors. The river...
Reed Forest

Reed Forest

Forests dominate Maine’s landscape, blanketing 90 percent of the state1 and weaving into every fabric of its identity. More than...
Researching and Restoring West Virginia’s Declining Brook Trout Population

Researching and Restoring West Virginia’s Declining Brook Trout Population

West Virginia’s native brook trout populations are struggling. A collaboration between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and...
Restoring A Forest - And Home For The Coastal Tailed Frog

Restoring A Forest - And Home For The Coastal Tailed Frog

When The Conservation Fund purchased the 24,000-acre Garcia River Forest in the heart of Northern California’s redwood country in...
Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Runoff of nutrients from farmland and other sources in the Mississippi River Watershed is contributing to a hypoxic zone,...
River Revitalization Foundation, Wisconsin

River Revitalization Foundation, Wisconsin

Three Wisconsin rivers—the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic—join in bustling downtown Milwaukee before flowing into Lake Michigan. These rivers define the...
Roanoke River Forest – Virginia

Roanoke River Forest – Virginia

The rapid transfer of large, industrial-size forests in Virginia and nationwide has increased the threats of fragmentation and conversion...
Roaring Creek At Weiser State Forest

Roaring Creek At Weiser State Forest

In 2003, The Conservation Fund teamed up with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to protect nearly 9,000 acres...
Rockbridge Area, Virginia

Rockbridge Area, Virginia

Over the past two decades, The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network (CLN) has developed national and regional programs to...
Rocky Fork, Tennessee—completely protected for generations to enjoy

Rocky Fork, Tennessee—completely protected for generations to enjoy

The nearly 10,000-acre Rocky Fork property was once the largest unprotected tract of land in the Southern Appalachians. Located...
Rocky Mountain Front

Rocky Mountain Front

Where Montana’s dramatic peaks give way to the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain Front forms a landscape unlike...
Sabine Ranch, Texas

Sabine Ranch, Texas

Located 75 miles east of Houston, the 12,376-acre Sabine Ranch is almost entirely within the boundary of the McFaddin...
Safeguarding Forestland Along the Suwannee River

Safeguarding Forestland Along the Suwannee River

In north Florida and across much of the southeast, vast working forests are being cleared and converted to more...
Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network

The largest watershed in Michigan, Saginaw Bay is located between the thumb and forefinger of Michigan’s “mitten” on the...