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Urgent environmental challenges demand society's attention. Yet too often, we put ourselves in the position of making choices between a healthy economy and a healthy natural world. The Nature Conservancy believes that people and nature can thrive together. In Massachusetts and around the world, we restore and protect critical lands and waters, even while we collaborate with resource users to develop sustainable practices. When people remember that nature is all around us, and that we are part of it, we can let go of polarized thinking and find solutions that work. Click below to learn more about the issues.
- We all need healthy forests, for the water they filter, the carbon they store and more. That's why The Nature Conservancy protects wild forests. We also support sustainable forestry that provides jobs, useful products and the revenues that can help landowners keep forests as forests. Your support helps us keep forests healthy and productive for wildlife and people from Maine to the ancient forests of Chile.
- Fishermen are stewards of the last wild-caught food. The Conservancy believes that partnering with fishermen is our best hope for getting the result everyone wants: more fish in the sea. Whether we're working with fishing communities in Papua New Guinea or with commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Maine, we advocate for a diverse set of conservation tools that includes sustainable gear, sensible regulations and community engagement.
- Conservation isn't about fencing people out of nature, it's about bringing them into it. We do protect wild places and habitat for vulnerable species, but we also make room for people, whether they're youth enjoying the outdoors or local communities seeking a livelihood.
- Rules can help sustain our resources, but rules alone won't help us provide water, energy and food for 9 billion people. Ingenuity will help us build the future's ecological abundance. For instance, we're finding creative ways to restore oysters in Massachusetts, safeguard clean water and protect coastal communities.
- Cities can be our great green hope, providing efficiencies in transportation, energy, food and other services. And while we need strategies for sustainable cities, we also need wild places, like Maine's Moosehead Forest, where nature both provides for us and is left to take its own course.
- People are not only fascinated by wildlife, we are part of their world in ways that are both good and not-so-good. But we can also be their hope, from safeguarding Africa's elephants to supporting the Commonwealth's migrations, to helping Maine's lynx and marten.
- To meet our future needs, we have to make smarter decisions now about how we manage our lands and waters. The Conservancy provides science-based solutions to advocate for smart growth, ensuring the long-term health of our natural capital and the people, plants and animals near and far that depend on it.
- Not all bulldozers are used to develop lands. In Massachusetts and Maine, heavy equipment is handy for removing old dams to restore rivers and fish. And bicycles? Hop on and commute to work!
- While we need places that are true wilderness, where nature is resilient and robust, we also know that nature is all around us and it's in our care. Nature nourishes our souls and enhances our children's lives. Nature rocks.