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Why I Give: One Supporter's Story

“Working with the Conservancy has been a good fit for The Howard Hughes Corporation. We share a solution-oriented approach.”

-Tom Warden, Conservancy Supporter

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 Nevada resident Tom Warden, it's about protecting Nevada’s special places, like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Read his story below and then share your own story to inspire others as you have inspired us!


Tom Warden has found a home in southern Nevada. Hailing from big eastern cities like Detroit and Boston, he quickly grew fond of the natural desert landscapes around Las Vegas.

“I’ve camped and hiked all over the state, but one of my favorite places is Red Rock Canyon just outside Las Vegas,” says Tom. “My family loves to get out there as much as possible.”

Tom’s interest in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is more than personal; it’s also part of his job. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s planned community, Summerlin—where Tom is senior vice president of community and government relations—borders much of the natural area.

Summerlin prides itself on ample access to the outdoors. Away from the glitz of the Strip, residents are able to connect with nature through an impressive network of trails.

To Tom, the work The Howard Hughes Corporation has done to incorporate the environment into the community’s master plan is a huge selling point.

Tom currently serves on The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Board of Trustees.

But the partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation goes back 30 years when the two organizations teamed up to add 5,000 acres to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

“Working with the Conservancy has been a good fit for The Howard Hughes Corporation,” adds Tom. “We share a solution-oriented approach, and we both believe that environmental sustainability is important to the people of Southern Nevada.”

Today, Summerlin residents, Nevadans and visitors all have a chance to enjoy a remarkable, and protected, recreation area thanks to a partnership three decades in the making.

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