The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is 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.
- The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951.
- The Nature Conservancy works in all 50 states and more than 30 countries.
- The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river around the world.
- The Nature Conservancy operates more than 100 marine conservation projects in 21 countries and 22 US states.
- The Nature Conservancy has about 1 million members and supporters.
- The Nature Conservancy has more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers supporting our on-the-ground conservation work.
- The Nature Conservancy has more than 1,500 volunteer board members advising our U.S. state and international country programs.
- The Nature Conservancy has 3,200 employees, 720 of whom are scientists.
We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places—landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. In other words, Conservation by Design allows us to achieve meaningful, lasting conservation results.
Worldwide, there will be thousands of these precious places. Taken together, they form something extraordinary: a vision of conservation success and a roadmap for getting there—the Conservation Blueprint. Simply put, by protecting and managing these Last Great Places over the long term, we can secure the future of the natural world.
The Nature Conservancy has six priority conservation initiatives to address the principal threats to conservation at the sites where we work, focusing on fire, climate change, freshwater, marine, invasive species and forests.
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