The Nature Conservancy

Since 1951, we've been working with communities, businesses and people like you to protect more than 92 million acres around the world.

Our Mission: To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

We work closely with communities, businesses and people like you. Together, we've protected more than 92 million acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide. We practice sound science that achieves tangible results. We use a non-confrontational approach. Over 86% of all funds are used directly for conservation!

Total acres protected by the Conservancy in the United States: 12,621,000. Acres protected by the Conservancy outside the United States: 80,181,446. Current number of Conservancy preserves: 1,400. Conservancy members in 1952: 554 - Conservancy members in 2001: approximately 1 million.

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» Recent News

The Nature Conservancy Makes Short List for Prestigious Alcan Prize
08 Jun 04 | The Nature Conservancy has been named to the short list for the US $1-million Alcan Prize for Sustainability by The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Receives Grant
07 Jun 04 | "The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center has received a grant of $25,000 from the Dorr Foundation to support the development of a science based curriculum" Michael Venuti, Discovery Center Director announced today.

The Nature Conservancy Moves Closer to Protecting Fall Mountain
05 Jun 04 | The Nature Conservancy has taken a big step forward in its effort to permanently protect 950 acres of critically important habitat on Fall Mountain in Charlestown and Langdon.

The Nature Conservancy celebrates National Trails Day at Sussex County Preserve
05 Jun 04 | The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey is teaming with conservation-minded volunteers in the community to celebrate National Trails Day at its Muckshaw Ponds Preserve located in Sussex County.

Hassayampa River Preserve to Close for Summer Months
03 Jun 04 | The Nature Conservancy in Arizona announced today that it will close its Hassayampa River Preserve to visitors for the summer beginning June 14, 2004 to minimize the risk of fire damage to habitat, historic facilities and drought-stressed birds.

Alpena Township and The Nature Conservancy Complete Shoreline Protection Project
02 Jun 04 | Once staked for a small subdivision, 143 acres along Lake Huron, including nearly 10,000 feet of shoreline on Misery and El Cajon Bays, are now forever protected thanks to Alpena Township, The Nature Conservancy and the former property owners.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust and The Nature Conservancy Preserve 1,837-Acre Cattle Ranch In Tulare County
02 Jun 04 | The Nature Conservancy and Sequoia Riverlands Trust today announced the permanent protection of the 1,837-acre Homer Ranch, a working cattle ranch east of Visalia, near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Dam Removal Under Study for Shunock River
01 Jun 04 | As part of a plan to restore the Shunock River as habitat for migratory fish, the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) is studying the possibility of removing the dam at Parke Pond on the Shunock River.

Nature Conservancy announces plan to purchase 87,000 acres for protection of the most pristine river in Texas
11 Jul 03 | A ribbon of life-giving water nestled amid the sculpted canyons of arid West Texas, the Devils River is a crucial contributor to water for people and wildlife.

Nature Conservancy's First Project on the Apalachicola Celebrates 35 Years
11 Jul 03 | St. Vincent Island was the Conservancy's first land acquisition in the Apalachicola region. In January 1968, the Conservancy bought the coastal barrier island from the St. Vincents Island Company for $2.1 million.

"Finest Wild Coastal Area in Connecticut" Gains 144 Protected Acres
10 Jul 03 | Three decades after a renowned wetlands scientist named Barn Island "the finest wild coastal area in Connecticut," The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to acquire 144 more acres at the site.



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