In many ways, a healthy ecosystem is like a healthy human body, with many small processes working in tandem to support life. A disruption in any one of these processes — from clean water circulation to the movement of migratory species — impacts the whole.
As The Nature Conservancy has grown, so, too, has our approach to conservation. While land protection remains an important tool, we have realized we also must protect the “whole systems” in which species grow, feed, migrate and interact.
Because of our state’s location at the center of two vital whole systems — the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound — The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut has pioneered these new methods of conservation, which promise results across the region.
To address whole system challenges, we are helping guide government policy, integrating processes and places, focusing on people’s needs, connecting natural spaces and more. It’s a natural evolution for us that offers our supporters the chance for a more meaningful and lasting impact on the lands and waters we call home.
Traversing 410 miles and crossing four states, the Connecticut River is New England’s longest river. It provides electricity and drinking water to 2.3 million people and also serves as the heart of our region’s ecology.
The Conservancy’s first move toward protecting the river occurred in 1960, with the purchase of 46 acres in East Haddam, Connecticut, that today make up Burnham Brook Preserve. Today, staff throughout the Conservancy work with partners on:
May 19, 2013