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Why I Give: One Donor's Story

Here's one supporter's inspiring story about his passion for restoring nature. What's your story?

Each contributor to The Nature Conservancy has a story about why they give back to nature—to leave a legacy, to support our mission, to help protect our world. For Massachusetts resident and Nature Conservancy trustee Paul Bakstran, it's about a passion for bringing people together to restore our lands and waters. Together with his wife Annette, Paul has been a donor to The Nature Conservancy since the 1980s.

Read Paul and Annette's story below and then share your own story to inspire others as you have inspired us!

nature.org:

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Paul Bakstran:

Over the years, we have seen firsthand the science-based work and win-win approach that the Conservancy uses to protect and preserve habitat. Again and again The Nature Conservancy demonstrates that we can conserve resources, while meeting the needs of people — be they commercial fishermen, loggers, ranchers, indigenous peoples, you, me, or anyone else around the globe.

nature.org:

Why did you and Annette decide to join The Nature's Conservancy's Legacy Club?

Paul Bakstran:

These types of gifts ensure that our children and grandchildren will be able to experience nature in the same ways we have. The Nature Conservancy is a leader in this work, and we have confidence that they will do it right.


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