The Nature Conservancy protects the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our significant conservation initiatives is taking place in the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater system on Earth. The Great Lakes are home to 40 million people and rare plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Right now, the Great Lakes region faces bigger environmental challenges than ever before. Changes in our waters, our forests, and our coasts threaten wildlife, people, and livelihoods. But there’s still time to save what we love most about the Great Lakes. The Nature Conservancy has the science, experience and partnerships to help get the job done. Working in eight states and Canada, we are developing practical, outcome-based solutions that protect water quality and ensure the health of the region's most critical habitats—its forests, watersheds and coasts. We’re repairing coastlines that have been changed in many ways. We’re improving water quality in rivers and streams. And we’re working with others to manage our forests and keep them healthy.
By partnering with conservation organizations, governments and businesses, we're developing effective conservation solutions that are at the scale and pace that a system of this size merits. And exploring opportunities to export and replicate conservation work in the Great Lakes to protect other freshwater resources around the world.
Your support can help us ensure that we protect the Great Lakes for future generations.
How We Work
In additions to protecting the larger lakes, we're protecting smaller lakes, rivers and streams across the basin.
See what we're doing to protect the 10,000 miles of coastlines in the Great Lakes.
The great northern forests cover half of the land in the Great Lakes basin.