Maintaining Working Forests:
The Conservation Fund
For three decades, The Conservation Fund (TCF) and the Foundation have collaborated to conserve more than 3,400,000 acres valued at over $750,000,000—a magnificent American land legacy. The current focus of this partnership is to address America’s top land conservation challenge: the loss of the nation’s working forests through fragmentation and development.
An $8,000,000 program-related investment from the Foundation is aiding TCF in protecting the Plum Grove property through Working Forest Conservation Easements. Located in the southern tier of New York and the Pennsylvania Wilds in northwestern Pennsylvania, the property is one of the largest remaining blocks of privately owned forestland in the Pennsylvania Wilds. A second commitment of $20,000,000 from the Foundation is supporting acquisition of Clarion Junction, also in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Securing conservation easements on these properties will ensure the land remains as working forestland and can never be subdivided or sold for development. Its protection supports land connectivity, riparian corridors, headwater streams’ water quality, recreation lands, and wildlife habitat for migratory birds, including cerulean warblers, Louisiana water thrush, and black throated blue warblers, among others. Additionally, sustainably managing the land will retain more than 200 jobs, while the value of timber sales and manufacturing shipments produced annually will average more than $27,000,000.