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By the Numbers:

73,211 acres saved
  • Over 14,700 acres have been protected in partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • More than 12,800 acres have been protected to benefit Forestlands.

Projects

Monitoring Water Quality in the Great Valley Region

Monitoring Water Quality in the Great Valley Region

In 1986, the Freshwater Institute began monitoring nine natural springs—with an eye toward water quality and environmental health—spanning across...
Moving to Mainstreet and Conserving Energy:  The Custard Stand

Moving to Mainstreet and Conserving Energy: The Custard Stand

Since first opening in 1991, The Custard Stand, owned by Dee and Angie Cowger, has opened locations across West...
Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions, LLC is a natural resource management company located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, that uses an ecosystems services...
Sickler Farm

Sickler Farm

When Lisa and Jeff Sickler moved to their new Moatsville, West Virginia, farm in 2009, they started off simply: ...
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...
Freshwater Institute Partnership with Wegmans Food Markets

Freshwater Institute Partnership with Wegmans Food Markets

The Freshwater Institute, a program of The Conservation Fund, is one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated...
Conservation Priority Mapping in West Virginia

Conservation Priority Mapping in West Virginia

West Virginia Conservation Action Plan The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) developed the WVCAP as a framework...
Get to Know the Freshwater Institute’s Spring Hill Salmon

Get to Know the Freshwater Institute’s Spring Hill Salmon

At the Freshwater Institute, we are a leader in the technology and design of aquaculture systems that make it...
West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

While the Chesapeake Bay has played important roles in our nation’s heritage, the current impacts of pollution have created...
Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

NiSource Inc. (NiSource), a Fortune 500 natural gas transmission and storage company, operates a 15,500 linear mile network of...
Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead

Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead

Many great ideas are hatched over drinks. For Josh Bennett and Will Lewis, their great idea was the drinks...
West Virginia Elk Habitat

West Virginia Elk Habitat

In the heart of West Virginia's southern coal fields, there is a long history of environmental conservation and economic...
SJ Morse Company

SJ Morse Company

Steve Morse is a pioneer. In 2001, his company, SJ Morse Company, based in Capon Bridge, WV—a small town...
Rock Cave IGA

Rock Cave IGA

Glen and Jo Ann Hawkins first opened their Rock Cave, West Virginia, convenience store and gasoline station in 1990....
Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Freshwater Institute staff assisted with the “Watershed Education Initiative,” an environmental education program offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon...
New River Initiative

New River Initiative

The New River connects communities in 21 rural counties across three states (North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) in southern...
CSX: West Virginia

CSX: West Virginia

Healthy Food Distribution Initiative In West Virginia, one in five children has limited or no access to fresh fruits, vegetables,...
Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food

Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food

The Conservation Fund and CSX are proud to announce the third round of the Grant Program for Transporting Healthy...
Big Timber Brewing

Big Timber Brewing

Matt Kwasniewski, an Elkins, West Virginia, native, learned about brewing beer while working for a brewery in Montana.  After...
Green Infrastructure Plan in West Virginia

Green Infrastructure Plan in West Virginia

Jefferson County, West Virginia, confronts haphazard growth that disrupts normal ecosystem functions and community vitality. The continued protection of the...
Cheat Canyon

Cheat Canyon

On a perfect September day, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin stood high over Cheat Canyon and welcomed the...
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Situated at 3,200 feet above sea level, Canaan Valley is the highest valley of its size east of the...
Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

In October 2010, the Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network brought together local business leaders, elected officials and public land managers...