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The Nature Conservancy

A favorite of Red Room authors Susan Orlean, Jonathon Keats, Clare Morris, Rochelle Shapiro, Doug Dorst, Mary Akers, Jon Clinch, Belle Yang, John F. Kremer, Michael Lipsey, Susan Alcorn, Ashley Wolff, Mary Lynn Archibald, Jim Malusa, Kelly McCullough, Kathleen de Azevedo, Janet Lembke, Stan G. Scott, Denise Sullivan, Brenda Webster, Jamie Showkeir, Jean Shields, Kate Bernardette Benedict, Sandra Friend, John Doerper, Julius Lester, Sherry ClementsJulia Rogers Hamrick, Jane Straus, Elizabeth B. Hawes, Janet Ruth Heller, Terry Odell, Patricia Clark, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Red Room Senior Editor Huntington W. Sharp.

President and CEO: Mike TercekNature Conservancy logo

Year founded: 1951

Mission: The Nature Conservancy'smission 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.


  • Works in more than thirty countries and all fifty United States
  • Enrolled more than one million members
  • Protect more than 69,000 square kilometers (17 million acres) in the U.S. and 473,000 square kilometers (117 million acres) internationally
  • Rated as among the most trusted organization in 2005 and 2006 polls, and as "One of the Ten of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of."
  • Rated by Forbes magazine as having 88% fundraising efficiency in its 2005 survey of U.S. charities

Profile: The Nature Conservancy takes a scientific approach to conservation, selecting the areas it seeks to preserve based on analysis of what is needed to ensure the preservation of the local plants, animals, and ecosystems. The organization works with all sectors of society including businesses, individuals, communities, partner organizations, and government agencies to achieve its goals. It is known for working effectively and collaboratively with traditional land owners such as farmers and ranchers when such partnerships provide opportunities to advance mutual goals.

The Nature Conservancy has pioneered new land preservation techniques such as conservation easement and debt-for-nature swaps. The Nature Conservancy's expanding international conservation efforts include work in the Americas, the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, and Asia. Increasingly, the Conservancy focuses on projects at significant scale, recognizing the threat habitat fragmentation brings to plants and animals.

To become more involved, visit the Nature Conservancy's How You Can Help page.

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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