Today, The Nature Conservancy pauses to thank the 562 volunteers who contributed 6,143 recorded hours and likely many more helping to protect and restore the important natural lands and waters that make Virginia a special place to live. Their contributions of time to on-the-ground conservation projects and office work help the Conservancy maximize conservation benefits to nature and Virginians.
“Our volunteers continue to be an important part of our conservation success in Virginia,” said Michael Lipford, Virginia executive director of The Nature Conservancy. “The commonwealth’s unique landscapes and wildlife are critical to our quality of life, and it’s important for future generations to have the same opportunity we had to explore and love our beautiful state. I want to thank our volunteers for their commitment and efforts to help protect the lands and waters of Virginia.”
Select highlights and accomplishments of our volunteers in 2011:
While oyster and seagrass restoration at the Virginia Coast Reserve continue to provide our largest volunteer offerings, preserves and natural areas such as Piney Grove, Clinch Valley, Allegheny Highlands and Wildcat Mountain offer additional opportunities to work in mountain, valley, forest and river settings.
“I’m inspired by the tireless efforts of our volunteers across the state – some traveling great distances to join us in restoring and protecting important lands and waters in Virginia,” said Jennifer Dalke, volunteer coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia and West Virginia. “Thank you to all who helped in 2011, and I look forward to working with you again in 2012.”
Learn more about the Conservancy’s volunteer opportunities at nature.org/virginiavolunteers and become a fan of our Facebook page. We encourage volunteers to share their experiences, photos and ideas about what protecting and restoring Virginia’s natural areas mean to you.
Photo: Volunteer recognition at Warm Springs Mountain Preserve © Jen Dalke/TNC
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.