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Protecting Places with Purpose

Land is more than the ground we walk on. It has meaning and purpose—for people, wildlife, our climate and more. At The Conservation Fund, we preserve the places that create the strongest environmental and economic benefits for our communities and our planet. Read on to explore some of these inspiring spaces.

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Preserving African American History in Alabama

Protecting the places where history was made helps us to learn and understand the challenges of the past. We have protected land at 87 American Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields in 15 states, and our latest effort secured a key site from the Battle of Fort Blakeley where one of the highest concentrations of U.S. Colored Troops fought at the end of the Civil War. Protecting this land not only enhances opportunities for historical research and more inclusive storytelling, it also conserves one of Alabama’s most endangered ecosystems. Learn more about Fort Blakeley and stay tuned for important stories that highlight Black History throughout the month. 


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Protecting Scenery Along the Appalachian Trail

When you picture the stunning overlooks of the Appalachian Trail, there’s a good chance you imagine McAfee Knob. Known for its iconic natural views, McAfee Knob is one of the trail’s most famous and photographed Virginia vistas. To keep its viewshed natural and intact, we recently helped protect almost 600 acres of surrounding land—also improving access and conserving land that is integral to the Appalachian Trail experience.


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Fighting Hunger with Rural Food Hubs

The land we protect and the food we eat are incontrovertibly connected. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains—and incomes—have been massively disrupted and, in many under-resourced communities, food has been harder to come by. Learn how we are supporting North Carolina food hubs to ensure food insecure families have enough to eat and farmers are getting paid.



Stories like these would not be possible without support from our donors. If you are inspired, please give today. Your unrestricted donation offers the greatest flexibility for conservation and makes a big impact. Thank you.   



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Photo Credits: Banner (Whitney Flanagan), Photo 1 (University of South Alabama), Photo 2 (Appalachain Trail Conservancy), Photo 3 (Ezra Gregg)

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