The Nature Conservancy

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 has developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps identify the highest priority places-landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. Taking a non-confrontational approach to work with communities, business and government, Conservation by Design allows The Nature Conservancy to achieve meaningful, lasting conservation results.

With a membership of more than a million people, The Nature Conservancy has been working since 1951 to protect nearly 15 million acres inside the United States and more than 101 million acres outside the United States. In all, TNC owns more than 1,400 preserves-the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world.

If you would like to learn more about The Nature Conservancy or to become a member, write to The Nature Conservancy, Devil's Den Preserve, Box 1161, Weston, CT 06883, or visit us at