Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy was formed in 1951

By a group of scientists whom wanted to save threatened natural areas around the world.

    The Nature Conservancy joins forces with governments, non-profit organizations, local stakeholders, indigenous communities, corporate partners, and international organizations to find solutions to conservation challenges. They are involved in protection of private lands, the creation of conservation-minded public policies, and the funding of conservation projects around the world. They have an interesting approach called the debt-for-nature swaps, which is a transaction which ensures biodiversity conservation with the exchange for debt that is owed by developing countries.

History of work and accomplishments : 

 In 1955, The Nature Conservancy bought it’s first pack of land, a 60-acre tract along the Mianus River Gorge which is around the boarder of New York and Connecticut. During the same year they established the Land Preservation Fund, which it still used today to help provide funding for worldwide conservation efforts.
 In 1961, a partnership between Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy which was formed to protect old-growth forests in California.  During the 1970s and 1980s. The Nature Conservancy setup key programs such as the Natural Heritage Network and the International conservation Program. The Natural Heritage Network collected information about species distributions and natural communities throughout the United States. While, the International Conservation Program identified key natural regions and conservation groups in Latin America. In 1988 The Conservancy completed their first dept-for-nature swap to fund conservation work in Brauli Carillo National Park. In the 1990s The Nature Conservancy introduced a large-scale project called the Last Great Place Alliance, an effort aimed to saving full ecosystems by protecting core reserves and establishing the buffer zones around them. In 2001-2005, they purchased land in Colorado which later formed the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, it also expanded the Rio Grande National Forest. Most recently, the Conservancy organized the protection of 161,000 acres of forest in the Adirondacks of New York. They also negotiated a debt-for-nature swap to protect tropical forest in Costa Rica.

    Humans can be a very invasive species, as we hold great power and are able impact an environment and the living things that reside there. Yet we cannot be blind sighted by the media as it only shows one side of the story, and the that is the negative effects that humans have caused, yet from research and proven facts there are many organization that are working to improve and restore the environment. I believe, through my research that there is a lot being done to improve the environment and to help maintain it for our future generations. The Nature Conservancy is a great organization that have been around for many years and helped restore and maintain land around the world, yet it is only one organization of many, therefore next time you see something in the media make sure to do your own research before building an opinion that might be one sighted.

other organizations supported by The Nature Conservancy:


"Plant A Billion Trees." Plant A Billion Trees - One Dollar at a Time - with The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

Klappenbach, By Laura. "The Nature Conservancy - Profile of The Nature Conservancy." Animals Wildlife - Animal Facts, Animal Pictures, Habitat Facts, Evolution and Zoology. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"About The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life." The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"The Nature Conservancy | Planet Change." The Nature Conservancy | Take the Climate Change Pledge. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut - Show Us Your Connecticut!" The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

City, By. "Video: Conservation - Urban Environment and Green Space | ON Networks." ON Networks: Original Programming for Original People™ | ON Networks. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

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