News in Conservation Finance

Provided with generous support from 

the Trust for Public Land

Updated August 28, 2008

United States



Conservation initiative fails to make statewide ballot

“Ruling keeps roads, land measures off Ariz. Ballot,” Pheonix AP, Fox 11, August 27, 2008.


Many local spending measures on East Bay ballots, including $500M open space bond

“East Bay local agencies ask voters for money,” By Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Contra Costa Times, August 21, 2008.

REDD and the California forests

“Is the Future of Forest Offsets Already Here?” By Ted Rose, The Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace, August 22, 2008.


A history of Denver's parks

“Denver's parks stretch from city to mountains,” By Judith Kohler, USA Today, August 18, 2008.


Georgia suspends water supply and land conservation grants

“Georgia suspends water supply, land conservation grants,”
By Dave Williams, Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 21, 2008.

“Georgia land conservation gets budget ax,” By Stacy Shelton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 21, 2008.


Blaine County places open space levy on November ballot

“Officials make progress on dispatch funding,”
By Jason Kauffman, Idaho Mountain Express, August 22, 2008.

“Blaine County sets two bond elections,” By Gary Stivers, Sun Valley Online, August 20, 2008.

Ada County includes money for open space in budget

“Ada County budget includes money for open spaces,” By Anna Webb, Idaho Statesmen, August 27, 2008.


Johnson County prepares for November open space bond

“Board makes case for $20M bond: Funds would buy and preserve county land,” By Rachel Gallegos, Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 28, 2008.


Preserving Michigan's farmland

“Preserving the future of Michigan's farmland,” By David Koivisto, Niles Daily Star, August 22, 2008.

“Forum: Michigan must protect farmland assets,” By Rachel Kuntzsch, Traverse City Record Eagle, August 20, 2008.


Confusion remains over tax credit forest bonds in Farm Bill

“Tax-Credit Forest Bonds Questioned by the Market,” Peter Schroeder, The Bond Buyer, August 26, 2008.

New York

Huntington looking to renew $15M open space bond

“Huntington seeks to renew $15M park bond,”
By Deborah S. Morris, Newsday, August 25, 2008.

“Town sets vote on $15M bond for open space,” By Deborah S. Morris, Newsday, August 26, 2008.

Nassau County working out the details of potential environmental bond

“Clouding the bond issue,” Newsday,  August 28, 2008.

“Environmental advocates balk at Nassau sewage cost,” Jennifer Smith, Newsday, August 27, 2008.


Adams County places $10M open space bond on November ballot 

“County referendum to gauge support for $10M bond,” By John Messeder, the Gettysburg Times, August 23, 2008.

“Referendum: Voters OK with $10M bond?,” By Caitlin Heaney, Evening Sun Reporter, August 21, 2008.

South Carolina

Discussion of the success of York County's conservation program

“Land conservation program hits milestone with deeds of green,” By Dan Huntley, The Charlotte Observer, August 26, 2008.


Peninsula Metropolitan Park District places $20M park bond on November ballot

“PenMet Parks proposes $20 million bond,” By Paige Richmond, The Peninsula Gateway, August 27, 2008.


Profile of Mark Tercek

“Mark Tercek: Investment Banker Brings Market Finesse to Conservation,” By Cameron Walker, the Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace, August 12, 2008.

“An interview with Dr. Andrew Mitchell of the Global Canopy Program:
Markets could save rainforests,”
By Rhett A. Butler, MongaBay.com, August 18, 2008.


Valuing ecosystem services in an effort to save natural resources people depend upon.

“How much for this mountain?” By Steve Zwick, Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace, August 26, 2008.

Press Releases

A new book on conservation tax law and how it has changed land use in America.

A Tax Guide to Conservation Easments, By C. Timothy Lindsay, Island Press, 2008.

News Compiled by Andrew duMoulin at the Trust for Public Land and Elizabeth Reardon, Research Assistant to the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest

 (Feel free to email any conservation finance news which you find compelling to news@cfinetwork.org .)


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