At the Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land since 1985.
We practice conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Our trusted and get-it-done staff throughout the country create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life.
While we are a national organization, The Conservation Fund's accomplishments are delivered locally. We have active or completed projects in all 50 states.
We have saved 7.5 million acres of land and valued at more than $4.7 billion.
Through our Land Conservation Loans program we have provided 250 low-interest loans to local conservation groups in 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces to help them conserve more than 110,000 acres.
Our Natural Capital Investment Fund has provided 12,000 hours of technical assistance to over 400 natural resource-based small businesses; over 2,700 jobs have been created or retained by these businesses.
Through our Working Forest Fund, more than 400,000 acres have been protected in 13 states.
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: land conservation loans, community development programs, sustainable forestry management, green infrastructure planning and more.
My experiences with The Conservation Fund are with the Texas field office (see: http://www.conservationfund.org/places-we-work/texas/). I have known Texas Director Andy Jones and his colleague in the Pineywoods, Julie Shackelford, for more than a decade. Whenever I can provide assistance, I jump at the chance. I only wish I could do more.
What I have witnessed is a no-nonsense, scientific, intellectual, and businesslike approach to habitat conservation. The Conservation Fund is lean and focused. They have also been among the first to adopt new business models in keeping with the times. Their approach is a bit like a SWAT team - they identify the need, and they proceed to fix it. The end.
I have worked for other conservation and wildlife nonprofits over the years, both as a staff member and as a volunteer. The Conservation Fund stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. Whenever I have asked for advice and assistance, they have given it to me without delay and without question. They are not emotional, but they are kind, and they adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Other groups in the conservation arena are quite adept at "feel good" self-promotion, and many are also staff-heavy. The membership you contribute is eaten-up quickly by administrative overhead, and the land and/or species protected are relatively fewer. When asked, I always suggest people contribute to The Conservation Fund. I have the utmost trust in them.
Last year The Conservation Fund bought 766 acres near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland so it could be sold to the government and made part of the refuge. Today that transfer was officially announced, and we thank The Conservation Fund for helping Blackwater NWR acquire important habitat that will protect species and help filter water that's entering the Chesapeake Bay.