The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy is the top conservation organization that operates around the world to save, maintain and protect ecologically important waters and lands for people and nature. The Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats faced by natural areas around the world.

The organization has over one million members who have helped to build one of the world's strongest organizations that has been in existence since 1951. The Conservancy has so far successfully protected over 120 million acres and close to 5,000 rivers across the globe and they operate over 100 marine conservation projects.

The organization is present in all the 50 states in the United States and in over 30 countries, in areas such as protected habitats to coral reefs, and in grasslands extending from Alaska to Australia to Zambia. Threats the Conservancy addresses are climate change, conservation of ocean and fresh water bodies.

Good science is the root of everything the Conservancy does and is accomplished thanks to the huge staff of scientists that number in the hundreds. The Conservancy is rooted in pursuing pragmatic and non-confrontational solutions to the different conservation challenges that exist.

The organization partners with a myriad of different groups that include indigenous communities, businesses, multilateral institutions, governments and other organizations to fulfill its aims and missions. The strong performance by the Conservancy has been recognized by Charity Navigator as meeting or exceeding the standard of the industry. They operate in an open and transparent way with their financial statements and annual reports open for the public perusal.

The Nature Conservancy is focusing more and more on the important issues of today such as global climate change, which is affecting the entire world and making it even harder to maintain, rescue or save what Nature has given to the planet. The American Institute of Philanthropy recently named the Nature Conservancy a "Top Rated Charity". The Conservancy is in compliance with the Ethical Guidelines for Fundraising and Other Nonprofit Communications.


The Nature Conservancy's mission is the preservation of animals, plants and natural communities that are representative of Earth's diversity of life through the protection of the waters and lands that are needed for survival.

The Conservancy's mission is achieved through their diverse staff and their dedicated efforts to safeguard the environment. The staff includes over 550 scientists that are located in more than 50 states and in over 33 countries. Also helping them to accomplish their mission are the myriad of partners they have from individuals to corporations and governments to other non-profits institutions.

The Nature Conservancy has been able to accomplish advancement of conservation around the world more than any other organization since its beginning in 1951, mainly because of the help from various other organizations.

The vision for the future of the Conservancy is to leave for future generations a sustainable world. The challenges faced by nature today are unprecedented, with the rapid dwindling of natural resources, shrinking economies, changing climates and other threats that requires immediate action. Therefore, the Nature Conservancy works with its partners to fulfill their mission of maintaining a sustainable world and give it to the next generation. They constantly come up with innovative ways to ensure nature is able to continue providing clean water, food, energy and other needs that the constantly growing population of the world depends upon for survival.

The Nature Conservatory's latest mission is to change the minds of world leaders, business leaders and the majority of the general public in order to move conservation from the back burner of priorities on a global level to the center of the world stage. This is because our human survival and development depends upon a diverse and healthy environment.

Working with its partners around the world the Nature Conservatory is slowing showing the world how important healthy and diverse environments are to the wellbeing of the world's population.


In 1915, the Ecological Society of America was formed and since its inception there were disagreements with its mission. The consensus was that it should just be supportive to ecologists and publish their research, while another section believed that it should pursue an agenda and try to preserve natural areas. Two years later the Committee for the Preservation of Natural Conditions was formed by the activists of the Ecological Society.

In 1926 a guide was published to list all know areas of wilderness still left in North and Central America titled "The Naturalist's Guide to the Americas". Activists started to take a more active role after the scientists announced the formation of the Ecologists Union and they announced that they would take direct action in order to save the threatened natural areas of the world.

In 1950 the Nature Conservancy become the new name of the Ecologists Union and was incorporated a year later in Washington D.C. as a non-profit organization. In 1955 land acquisition by the Conservancy started, and became a key tool for the organization. The first was a 60 acre piece of land in New York that was part of the Mianus River Gorge.

The first loan was funded by Conservancy and became the basis for the Land Preservation Fund which today is one of the foremost tools for conservation that the organization still uses. In 1961 the first partnership between the Conservancy and a public agency, the Bureau of Land Management, was formed. The Ford Foundation donated the monetary gift to fund the hiring of the Nature Conservancy's first time president.

In 1970 the Natural Heritage Network was started a biological inventory of the entire United States, which was completed in 1974. The International Conservation Program was established in 1980 for conservation of natural areas in Latin America.

In 1988 the Conservancy entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to manage 25 million acres of land owned by the military. Today the Conservancy continues their efforts to save the world's natural areas from being lost to exploitation.

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