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 Chatham University is Leading the Way to a More Sustainable Future
Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus is pioneering a vision for a new kind of campus—one that strives to create more energy than it uses, and immerses students in sustainable practices in all aspects of daily life. The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute teamed up with the university to design and build its state-of-the-art aquaculture lab, which is sustainably raising trout that will be served in the school cafeteria and available in the surrounding community.

Watch the video to learn more about our role and about Eden Hall Campus' vision for a more sustainable future.

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At The Conservation Fund our work is based on the bold belief that protecting America’s most vital natural resources also strengthens our economy. Our on-the-ground staff work directly with communities to address new challenges with innovative and practical solutions.
At The Conservation Fund our work is based on the bold belief that protecting America’s most vital natural resources also strengthens our economy. Our on-the-ground staff work directly with communities to address new challenges with innovative and practical solutions.

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 Protecting Nature, Jobs and Traditions in the Northern Forest
Upstate New York’s Tug Hill region, also known as Tug Hill Plateau, is known for its timber industry, snowfall and traditional northern forest outdoor recreational opportunities. Nestled within Tug Hill is the Town of Redfield—one of the many communities that depend on the area’s working forest landscape for economic support.

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Take A Ride In A Blackhawk: Conserving Critical Buffer Land At Camp Williams, UT
Protecting valuable habitat that surrounds military installations, like Camp Williams, a National Guard training site located approximately 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, is vital to both our national security and the species that need these buffer lands to survive.

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We help rural communities thrive. Through our Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities Program, we create on-the-ground solutions by helping towns and regions engage diverse constituencies and achieve strong conservation, community, and economic development outcomes.

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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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The Gilchrist State Forest, named for the timber family that owned the property for most of the 20th century, was dedicated in June 2010. The new state forest owes its creation to creative funding partnerships between the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service-Forest Legacy Program, Oregon Lottery and The Conservation Fund.

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In addition to being Mark Twain's hometown, the City of Hannibal is now also known for the recently dedicated Sodalis Nature Preserve—home to 168,000 federally endangered Indiana bats that spend the winter in the preserve's former limestone mine and cave network.

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Learn about the Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute and our recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), which make it possible to grow salmon on land.

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Mark Twain put Hannibal, Missouri, on the map. The tranquil landscapes of his boyhood town on the Mississippi River served as inspiration for the backdrop of his classic American novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. But Hannibal now has another famous resident—the endangered Indiana Bat. 

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Through a community-driven process focused on the environment, the local economy, and most importantly, the people, this new Park With Purpose is providing numerous benefits.

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America’s cities represent a unique opportunity for The Conservation Fund to provide our full suite of conservation services: land loans, real estate expertise, green infrastructure planning, community development, green business lending and job creation. It is this integration of services that makes The Conservation Fund an ideal partner for helping solve the complex problems facing urban landscapes. 

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