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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!

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.

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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