Tag Archives: The Conservation Fund

Balancing Nature and Commerce Workshop to Benefit Rural Revitalization

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia was once on a main thoroughfare for travelers going from Northwest Georgia to Tennessee. The route passed through Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the site of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, and the charming historic town at its gateway. The highway was rerouted in 1986 to bypass the battlefield, dramatically reducing the number of downtown visitors that had been driving the local economy. In 2011, eight agencies came together in hopes of changing Fort Oglethorpe’s downtown from... Read more

Demolition Set to Begin on Eklutna’s ‘Deadbeat Dam’

A long-orphaned dam on Alaska’s Eklutna River is getting demolished after sitting unused for over 60 years. The Conservation Fund and Eklutna Inc. are dismantling the dam this summer, with the hopes of restoring salmon runs. When demolition is complete, the area will eventually return to its natural state, with high canyon walls visible once again. While more remains to be done, experts expect fish to come back quickly, and even more animals after that. People can expect to see... Read more

Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities

The vitality of rural communities has become a focus of national debate as policymakers and stakeholders pursue strategies to create more jobs in rural areas. The success of these efforts will depend upon political will, capacity building and workforce development. In this Smart Growth Network webinar, Kendra Briechle of the Conservation Fund looks at how rural communities are carrying out smart growth principles by investing in their downtowns, expanding transportation choices, creating economic opportunities and protecting the cultural and natural... Read more

Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities

The vitality of rural communities has become a focus of national debate as policymakers and stakeholders pursue strategies to create more jobs in rural areas. The success of these efforts will depend upon political will, capacity building and workforce development. In this Smart Growth Network webinar, Kendra Briechle of the Conservation Fund will explore how rural communities are fostering smart growth by investing in their downtowns, expanding transportation choices, creating economic opportunities and protecting the cultural and natural resources of... Read more

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

The Conservation Fund Acquires 32,000 Acres Of Habitat For Elk Restoration In West Virginia

​The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 32,396 acres of working forestland in southern West Virginia that will eventually create the state’s largest, conserved block of prime habitat for elk restoration. In partnership with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), the purchase will establish a vast protected landscape of sustainably managed land, supporting working forests and forestry-based jobs and increasing tourism opportunities for public hunting and other forms of wildlife-associated recreation. Read more... Read more

Partner Spotlight: The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, focuses on conservation that works for America. This focus is carried out by creating conservation solutions that make environmental and economic sense. The Conservation Fund builds strong partnerships with communities and helps them capitalize on their natural features and cultural assets.... Read more