Looking to make an ecofriendly difference? Consider joining The Nature Conservancy. Their mission: “Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.” Their slogan: “Protecting Nature, Preserving Life.” And they are doing just that, working across the world, in over 30 countries. Here, in the U.S., they have field offices in all 50 states.
6 reasons why I give a “Hats Off” to The Nature Conservancy:
- Private Lands Conservation – The Conservancy works with landowners, communities, cooperatives and businesses to establish local groups that can protect land. Their innovative tactics include land trusts, conservation easements, private reserves and incentives. The Conservancy has helped protect approximately 21 million acres in the U.S. and more than 103 million globally!
- Nature Preserves – The Conservancy owns and manages over 400 preserves in the United States. Much of this land is open to the public for low-impact recreational activities, such as hiking, birdwatching and photography. Those preserves harboring species or natural communities at risk, however, are not open to the public. For those preserves open to use, you don’t have to be a member but you do need to know the rules and sometimes make an appointment to visit. To find preserves near you and the rules that govern them, check out this map.
- A Very Cool Blog – Cool Green Science Smarter By Nature IS awesome…a great way to learn more about nature and the work of The Nature Conservancy. For example, check out this Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change. Wow – very cool!
- Science – Research and Science drives the Conservancy’s work, helping to inform their decisions and actions.
- Nature Conservancy Magazine – Another great tool to inform us about issues, science, and the important work of this noble non-profit organization.
- Nature Conservancy Ecards – I definitely get a return on my membership by using their Ecards. Save money, save time — an ecofriendly way to let others know you’re thinking about them!
Hats off to you, Nature Conservancy, for your vital work around the world!