Type of Place

Working Lands


Did you know that an estimated 40% of America’s land is used for agriculture? Or that forests cover roughly a third of the country? We need “working” lands like these for food, jobs and more. We support ranchers, farmers, foresters and entrepreneurs who operate, or use, working lands sustainably. By doing so, we improve local economies, conserve landscapes and maintain generations of tradition.  

Projects

Gualala River Forest

Gualala River Forest

Next door to our Garcia River Forest, the 14,000-acre Gualala River Forest shares its remarkable canopy of redwoods and...
Headwaters of the San Juan & Navajo Rivers

Headwaters of the San Juan & Navajo Rivers

The upper reaches of the Navajo and San Juan Rivers contain some of the wildest land in Colorado, combined...
Headwaters State Forest

Headwaters State Forest

Situated on the North and South Carolina border and connecting to more than more than 100,000 acres of existing...
Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest, the first community forest in the Southeastern United States, serves as an innovative model for communities...
I-25 Conservation Corridor Project

I-25 Conservation Corridor Project

Drive along Interstate 25 from Denver to Colorado Springs, and you’ll see some of the West’s most colorful scenery...
In Wyoming, Using Mitigation To Benefit Family Ranches

In Wyoming, Using Mitigation To Benefit Family Ranches

Across Wyoming’s Green River Basin, grazing pronghorn and vibrating drill rigs cast shadows on the horizon. These unlikely neighbors...
Lackawanna Highlands

Lackawanna Highlands

The Lackawanna Highlands project in northeastern Pennsylvania follows a trend across the country of vast privately-owned working forests in...
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...
Mapping the Future of Longleaf Pine

Mapping the Future of Longleaf Pine

Two hundred years ago, the “piney woods” of folk songs were a vast forest sweeping across 90 million acres...
McElroy Ranch

McElroy Ranch

Colorado boasts a strong legacy of family ranching, still evident today along the Colorado River corridor, from Granby to...
Meeteetse Spires in the Beartooth Mountains

Meeteetse Spires in the Beartooth Mountains

In early 2010 we completed the second and final phase of a land conservation project that adds 560 acres...
Middle Neches Forestland

Middle Neches Forestland

In one of the largest, most complex forestland projects in Texas history, The Conservation Fund and Renewable Resources, LLC,...
Minnesota Northwoods

Minnesota Northwoods

Minnesota’s outdoor legacy is renowned. But across much of northern Minnesota, large swaths of industrial forestland—or those lands owned...
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the former mill town of Orange, Massachusetts is a “food desert”—a community...
North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

America’s favorite forests include the redwoods along California’s North Coast. The redwood region is known for its raw beauty...
North Rim of the Grand Canyon

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s favorite destinations—more than five million people visit each year to take in...
Oconee National Forest

Oconee National Forest

Did you know that forestry is the largest manufacturing sector in Georgia? Forests are a critical part of the state’s...
Optimizing Farmland Protection in Baltimore County

Optimizing Farmland Protection in Baltimore County

With one of the nation’s most established farmland preservation efforts, Baltimore County in 2006 reached a major milestone: preserving...
Palmetto-Peartree Preserve

Palmetto-Peartree Preserve

The Conservation Fund established the 10,000-acre Palmetto-Peartree Preserve in 1999 with funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation....
Preserving Farms and Natural Areas in the Ann Arbor Greenbelt

Preserving Farms and Natural Areas in the Ann Arbor Greenbelt

The Ann Arbor Greenbelt is an innovative long-term land preservation program to curb the negative effects of development and...
Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Protecting valuable habitat that surrounds our military installations is vital to both our national security and the species that...
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...
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...
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...
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...
San Diego Urban Agriculture

San Diego Urban Agriculture

Each year, the United States grants sanctuary to 50,000 refugees displaced by war or political crisis. Many of them...
Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area

Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area

The Altamaha River is Georgia’s largest free-flowing river, winding 137 miles from the center of the state all the...
Saving A 300-Year-Old Colonial Settlement Site In Connecticut

Saving A 300-Year-Old Colonial Settlement Site In Connecticut

The town of Groton, Connecticut, has a long history dating to before its incorporation in 1705, and the 63-acre...
Snead Farm

Snead Farm

In 2011, we helped with a land preservation agreement that permanently protects the 290-acres of Emmett Snead III’s pick-your-own...
Stacy Family Farm Grows With NCIF

Stacy Family Farm Grows With NCIF

The Stacy family traces its Ohio agricultural roots back to 1899, when Albert and Lina Frost Stacy purchased 24...