TCF in the News

March 5, 2015
Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald, 5 March 2015 — More than 75 people gathered at the Jim Riggs Community Center Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday to review the results of a year-long Federal Lands Livability Initiative assessment, prioritize community goals and develop an implementation plan. The assessment was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and conducted by the Conservation Fund.”

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February 25, 2015
Tegan Wendland, WWNO-New Orleans Public Radio, 25 February 2015 — The Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge is between Slidell and Mandeville. Founded in the 1990s, it protects endangered birds and combats coastal land loss. It’s not just wildlife that thrives at Big Branch. The park’s volunteer program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together.

February 10, 2015
Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 February 2015 — Nearly 14,000 acres of northern Wisconsin forestland will be set aside for timber production and public use in a deal between the state and a nonprofit group.

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February 9, 2015
Karen Chavez, Asheville Citizen-Times, 9 February 2015 — While the summit Mount Mitchell is well known — and when it's not freezing or snowing — is easy to access as the very highest point in North Carolina, as well as the Eastern United States, the highest point in South Carolina has been languishing in obscurity. All that is about to change. Now, it looks like the idea for an accessible observation platform on Sassafras Mountain, which straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, will get its day to sparkle in the sun, thanks to a $350,000 gift from Duke Energy to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources last week.

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February 2, 2015
James Gorman, Outlet: New York Times, 2 February 2015 — In Wyoming, The Conservation Fund is working with federal, state and nonprofit groups to protect a critical bottleneck along the Red Desert-to-Hoback migration, a route traveled twice yearly by mule deer. This migration from winter range to summer grounds is as long as any known land migration in the lower 48 states and runs through a mix of public and private lands.

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February 1, 2015
Reggie Hall, Parks & Recreation magazine, 1 February 2015 — Brrring! Brrring! Phone call. A key tract of land, the one identified in your comprehensive plan and that your department has had its eyes on for years, is now listed with a Realtor and is on the market. What do you do? Slump in your chair and say “Oh well…” and lament that there’s no funding for the ballfields, playgrounds or rail-trails that might have been? Or do you spring to action and start trying to figure out how to make an offer and respond to the opportunity? How are you going to pay for tomorrow’s park at today’s price?

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February 1, 2015
Dan Oko, Texas Monthly, February 2015 — Texans may loudly profess love for their wide-open spaces, but about only 2 percent of the state is actually public property. The rest, famously, is privately owned. From an ecological perspective, this is not an entirely bad thing: the fact that there are so many exclusive spreads, such as the King Ranch, has guaranteed certain protections for the wildlife that thrives on them. But that is changing.

January 5, 2015
Nathaniel Axtell, Outlet: Hendersonville Times-News, 4 January 2015 — Using government grants and private donations, the N.C. Forest Service and its partners have now acquired more than half of the land necessary for a new 8,000-acre state forest in Transylvania County.

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