Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Nature Conservancy's position on hunting and fishing?

Our primary focus has always been to protect the entire spectrum of native biological diversity. In North America, hunting and fishing are only permitted on a Conservancy preserve in instances where these activities are compatible with achieving the site’s written conservation goals.

The most common reason for allowing hunting and/or fishing on Conservancy preserves is to maintain or restore the integrity of sensitive species and biological communities. Another common reason the Conservancy allows hunting and/or fishing on some of our preserves is to respect the practices and cultural traditions of human communities. In some situations, we are motivated to open a preserve to hunting for both reasons: ecological and cultural. We do not permit hunting on those lands we own and manage where hunting may generate collateral threats, or detract from our ability to achieve our conservation goals. Read more about managed hunting on Conservancy preserves.

For more information, please refer to this Conservancy fact sheet on hunting and fishing in North America and this web feature.

If you would like to know whether hunting or fishing is allowed on a particular preserve, please contact the chapter office in the state in which the preserve is located.

September 21, 2016

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