The Conservation Fund is the nation’s top environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations. We have consistently shown that effective land conservation makes good economic sense. In addition to saving land directly, we act swiftly to accelerate and sustain conservation.
In April 2019—nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—The Conservation Fund, elected officials and numerous partners celebrated a recent success: the conservation of critical land, water and wildlife at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge along the Alabama Gulf Coast. By ensuring this land remains protected, the surrounding coastal ecosystems will support at-risk habitats, local tourism and business development.
The Crabb family had a big dream—to own and protect the nearly 9,000-acre working ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front they had managed for the past 11 years. During the process they conserved a landscape that serves as a lifeblood for their family and for the wildlife that also depend on it.
Having practical farming knowledge and skills increases the opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to find stable jobs and economic success upon reintegration. There are a variety of ways in which The Conservation Fund assists beginning farmers, and Peg shares with us the details on initiatives designed to protect the land while building healthier food systems and offering productive jobs in West Virginia.
The conversion of an unused railroad corridor into an urban greenspace, with a bicycle and pedestrian trail, has been envisioned in Durham, North Carolina for more than 20 years. With help from The Conservation Fund, the City of Durham recently purchased the Durham Belt Line property and is currently designing this new public space. David Proper, Urban Program Director for The Conservation Fund, sat down with the Mayor of Durham, Steve Schewel, to talk about the challenges already faced, what lies ahead, and what the completed project will mean for the City of the Durham.
There is no better place to celebrate Ocelot Conservation Day than Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. Home to one of only two ocelot populations in the country, Laguna Atascosa NWR is at the center of conservation and recovery efforts for this amazing wild cat. With the help of our partners at Walmart and Dell, thousands of trees are being planted thanks to Dell's Plant a Forest initiative to restore wildlife habitat and give the ocelot a chance at a comeback.
Best known as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was also a Civil War army scout and spy, a political activist and suffragist. Much of her brave life and acts unfolded in Dorchester County, Maryland. The Conservation Fund has done extensive work in and around the Chesapeake Bay, including protecting over 115,000 acres in Dorchester County. In 2018, the State of Maryland asked the Fund to establish and sponsor the Harriet Tubman Rural Legacy Area. Find out how this project grew from 17 to 28,300 acres, and how its impact is honoring the legacy of its brave namesake.
In December 2018, the Aquaculture Innovation Workshop, convened by The Freshwater Institute, gathered together 250 people from around the world to present findings and discuss major scientific, economic, environmental, and technological trends and advances in aquaculture, specifically land-based farming techniques such as Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS). Read our five key takeaways from the conference about the future of land-based fish farming and sustainable aquaculture.
Emily Korest was The Conservation Fund’s 2018 Charles Jordan intern. She revisited some of the Fund’s most interesting projects—all of which have helped shape the organization—to capture their stories and find out “where are they now?” In this second post of her series, Emily shares the story of the Fund’s foray into sustainable ranching. Under the stewardship of the Grand Canyon Trust, the North Rim Ranches are now managed as an important ecological link tying together three national monuments, two national recreation areas, eight wilderness areas, and one of our nation’s crown jewels—Grand Canyon National Park.
Exploring nature and finding refuge in urban parks is a fundamental part of Stacia Turner’s personal environmentalism. Visiting urban greenspaces nationally and abroad taught her that connecting with the environment happens readily in cities with natural areas. Stacia works in The Conservation Fund’s Parks with Purpose program as an Urban Conservation Associate, and she recently helped lead a peer exchange event that brought participants from six cities to Atlanta, Georgia to share information, tools, and tactics for building stronger communities through parks.