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At The Conservation Fund, we believe that working forests can be financially self-sustaining and environmentally healthy. We're demonstrating a new way to sustainably manage these famed forests, as a nonprofit owner that uses both sound environmental strategy and sound economics—including a "light-touch" harvest regimen, sales of carbon offsets and a supply of local jobs.

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Protecting Nature While Strengthening America's Economy

“Matt and I always dreamed of owning a ranch of our own, but we never thought it was a reality,” says Stacy Crabb, as she looks out over the 9,000 acre ranch she and her husband managed for 11 years. 

The Rocky Mountain front of Montana is a magical landscape, but like so many landscapes in the west, it is at risk of development. Both wildlife and the ranching lifestyle that has co-existed for generations is being threatened.  

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Protecting Nature While Strengthening America's Economy

“Matt and I always dreamed of owning a ranch of our own, but we never thought it was a reality,” says Stacy Crabb, as she looks out over the 9,000 acre ranch she and her husband managed for 11 years. 

The Rocky Mountain front of Montana is a magical landscape, but like so many landscapes in the west, it is at risk of development. Both wildlife and the ranching lifestyle that has co-existed for generations is being threatened.  

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Protecting Nature While Strengthening America's Economy
At The Conservation Fund, our work is based on the bold belief that protecting America’s most vital natural resources also strengthens our economy. We work across the country to protect places you love while creating local jobs.

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A Mighty Conservation Success for Habitat, Forestland and a Community
In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,435 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service—White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. In 2016, this area was given the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor for protecting important natural resources and habitat while maintaining working forests and sustainable economic opportunities for northern New Hampshire.

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One of the Greatest Environmental Challenges of Our Time—Protecting America's Working Forests

When a large working forest is broken up—subdivided for development or sold off into smaller pieces—nothing can put these ecosystems back together again. Breaking up the forest like this harms its ability to clean the air and filter the water for entire regions, protect critical habitat for wildlife to roam, and keep local jobs and rural economies intact.

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Restoration: Reconnecting a River, Wildlife and a Community's Favorite Place

In 2014, the Fund purchased 30,000 acres of forestland across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine through our Working Forest Fund. This included 5,435 acres that encompass 27 percent of the Beebe River watershed. During our ownership, we’ve worked with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service – White Mountain National Forest to improve water quality and restore fish passage on these five tributaries. 

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Involving Communities in Conservation is Key to Success

Behind the scenes, our work to protect critically important landscapes is often multifaceted. Sometimes projects take unforeseen turns that involve big time commitments and rely heavily on strong relationships with partners and community members who also have myriad goals and concerns—all to ultimately accomplish conservation that’s good for both nature and for people. This is where The Conservation Fund thrives, and time and time again our partners choose us because we remain solution-driven no matter the challenge.

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Valley Verde: Growing food and changing lives in low-income areas of Silicon Valley

Conservation of our land and water resources is inextricably tied to food production and the health of people. If a community doesn’t have control over the health of their land and water, it often means that they don’t have control over their food, and in turn, their health. The Conservation Fund and our partners are working to ameliorate innovative efforts that improve access to fresh healthy food across the United States.

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Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, are voluntary audits that verify fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. As consumer demand for fresh, local food has grown, so have instances of foodborne diseases.

Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, are voluntary audits that verify fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. As consumer demand for fresh, local food has grown, so have instances of foodborne diseases.

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Freshwater Institute Advancements Meet Sustainable Seafood Challenges
For 30 years, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute has led the way in developing environmentally-friendly, land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology, which grows high-quality fish, recycles water, repurposes waste and can be produced anywhere. 

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 Connecting Food and Families in West Virginia
The Conservation Fund and CSX have teamed up to support local efforts in West Virginia’s southern coal region to improve healthy food options for children and families living below the poverty line by enhancing farm production and increasing both access to and the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available.

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