The Conservation Fund

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The Conservation Fund
FounderPat Noonan
Area served
United States
MethodThe Fund's Conservation Strategy is through balancing environmental preservation and economic development.

The Conservation Fund is a U.S. nonprofit organization with a dual charter to pursue environmental preservation and economic development. From 2008–2018, it has placed more than 500,000 acres under conservation management through a program whose goal is to purchase and permanently protect working forests.[1] Since its founding in 1985, the organization has protected land and water in all 50 states, including parks, historic battlefields, and wild areas.[2] The Fund works with community and government leaders, businesses, landowners, conservation nonprofits and other partners to integrate economic and environmental objectives.

The Conservation Fund was founded in 1985 by Pat Noonan, former head of the Nature Conservancy. The current CEO is Larry Selzer. About 140 full-time staff work in the Fund's headquarters, located in Arlington, Virginia, and in offices in several states across the U.S. including California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming.

Conservation strategy[edit]

The Fund's services include land acquisition, conservation finance, small green business financing, community and economic development, environmental mitigation services, green infrastructure planning, and conservation training. The Fund works primarily with partners who have identified conservation priorities and request assistance achieving their goals. Frequent partners include federal government agencies—such as the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management—and state agencies, such as departments of natural resources. Land trusts, corporations, foundations and other non-profit organizations are also common partners.

Timeline: 1985–2015[edit]


  • Patrick Noonan founds The Conservation Fund.[1]



  • The Fund's Great Lakes Revolving Fund helped the Land Conservancy of West Michigan protect a critical stretch of shoreline that became part of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan[3]—saving wetlands, dunelands and safe havens for migratory birds and other threatened species.



  • After a nearly five-year process, the Fund conveys the final piece of Rocky Fork, the largest tract of unprotected land in the southern Appalachian Mountains, to the US Forest Service in September 2012.[5] Tennessee named it the newest state park that year.[6]



  • The Conservation Fund partners with Apple.[10]

See also[edit]

Garcia River Forest (a forest in Northern California owned and managed by the Conservation Fund)


  1. ^ a b "The Conservation Fund". Business Jet Traveler. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  2. ^ "The Conservation Fund homepage".
  3. ^ a b "Innovative fund protects natural assets in the Great Lakes basin". Mott Foundation. October 17, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Gettysburg, Mailing Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike; Us, PA 17325 Phone:334-1124 Contact. "Sec. of Interior Announces Important Land Preservation at Gettysburg - Gettysburg National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  5. ^ "Cherokee National Forest Press Release: 'Forest Service Acquires Final Rocky Fork Tract'".
  6. ^ "State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Press Release: 'Governor Haslam And Senator Alexander Name Rocky Fork Proposed Site For Tennessee's 55th State Park'".
  7. ^ "Delaware's 'First State National Monument'".
  8. ^ "Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument".
  9. ^ "Buckeye Forest".
  10. ^ "Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Conserve It'".
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