You helped us protect nature and preserve life all over planet Earth in 2010—from Canada to Florida and China to Peru. Read about our biggest conservation achievements of the year—made possible by your support!
A historic agreement between 9 environmental groups—including the Conservancy—and 21 timber companies will conserve a huge swath of Canada’s forestlands spanning the entire continent from east coast to west.
The Conservancy has been part of the Gulf Coast community for more than 35 years. After the oil spill, we responded on the ground and in the water. Now, we are working to accelerate and expand the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico far beyond just cleaning up the oil.
Conservancy science contributed to China’s new national conservation plan, which will guide conservation in that country for years to come by setting a number of bold objectives, including a halt to the loss of all biodiversity in China by 2020.
From Iowa to Rhode Island, 29 out of 35 U.S. state and local conservation measures passed in the November elections. The Conservancy played a leading role in the success of several of these measures that will provide hundreds of millions to protect land and water.
In May the Conservancy protected one of the most pristine alpine lakes west of the Rockies—and 2,325 acres of forestland surrounding it. Independence Lake offers outstanding recreational opportunities for people and a safe haven for one of the world’s last wild lake populations of the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
After nearly a decade of support by the Conservancy and others, Peru created the Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve. The reserve protects habitat for sea lions, fur seals and whales—and supplies more than 15 percent of world´s fish catch to people around the globe.
The Conservancy has protected more than 600,000 acres of seasonal wetlands, longleaf pine savanna and working ranchlands here. As a result of our ongoing work, in July the USDA dedicated $89 million to conservation easements and wetlands restoration in the Northern Everglades.
No one has ever tried to collect everything we know about nature on planet Earth—until now. On Earth Day 2010, the Conservancy and University of California Press published the world’s first comprehensive collection of conservation maps.
Bali’s premier scuba-diving destination is now a protected safe haven for migrating whales, dolphins, hawksbill turtles and mola mola—and some of the world’s richest coral reefs. The Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA) was established in November with assistance from the Conservancy.
With the help of the Conservancy, a municipality in the Brazilian Amazon recently came off the country’s deforestation “black list.” Now others are looking to Paragominas as a model to control deforestation and develop more forest-friendly ranching practices.