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Celebrating 30 Years

What Our Supporters Are Saying

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In celebration of 30 years of conserving Nevada's lands and waters for people and nature, our friends and donors told us why they support The Nature Conservancy. 


Matthew Tuma

Matthew Tuma: State Director for The Nature conservancy in nevada

"I have enjoyed Nevada’s open spaces and magnificent landscapes throughout my entire life. My early experiences in Nevada created a lasting commitment to preserving and sharing these wonderful places. Our conservation is focused on maintaining and enhancing these wild spaces for future generations but also benefiting from them during our lifetimes. I find inspiration every day by being part of the Nevada Chapter’s rich legacy of protecting the places I have always loved."


Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson: Loyalty Donor

"For more than a decade, I have witnessed The Nature Conservancy’s restoration work on the Truckee River, particularly at McCarran Ranch where nearly 100 years of over-use, destructive anti-flood measures and neglect left the riparian areas decrepit and devoid of willow and cottonwood trees and with very little bird or animal life. Today, less than 10 years later, it’s difficult to imagine that nature had not always held this land gently in her hands: the willow thickets are so thick that they’re nearly impassable in places, cottonwoods are abundant, native frogs have returned, the bird population increases with each annual census, and the river rushes over cataracts and forms small pools that welcome trout."


Tim Buchanan

Tim Buchanan: Partner - Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Barrack Gold of North America, Inc.

"The natural environment in Nevada, from the Mojave Desert to the Great Basin and the numerous mountain ranges throughout the state, has been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation for me since the early 1980’s. My frequent hiking, backpacking and camping trips have not exhausted the list of places I still want to explore in Nevada; on the contrary, the list grows longer every year! Conservation of natural landscapes like these and their ecosystems is not only necessary for human survival, it is also essential for our spiritual and mental well-being.

I’ve been supporting the cause of The Nature Conservancy for over 25 years because of their long and noteworthy history of working in collaboration with a spectrum of stakeholders across ideological, economical and philosophical divides to craft sustainable local and regional conservation solutions, bringing people together, for a worthy common cause."


Carol Grenier and Caryn Huntt DeCarlo

Caryn Huntt DeCarlo: Partner - Bureau of reclamation

"The Nature Conservancy’s partnership with the Desert Terminal Lakes Program in Nevada has truly been a meaningful success over the years with multiple large-scale river restoration projects on the Truckee River. Together, we have worked towards the acquisition, protection and management of land around the pristine Independence Lake in the Sierras.  Working with the Conservancy has been a positive and pleasant experience that has enhanced my enjoyment of the natural treasures Nevada has to offer."


Joanne and Arthur Hall

Joanne and Arthur Hall: Legacy Club Members

"We have become part of The Nevada Chapter of The Nature Conservancy because we are both very interested in protecting nature and preserving life in our beautiful State.  Our philanthropy, through the Nevada State Chapter, is one method that we are able to give back in a meaningful way to the mountains and valleys we so enjoy. The Nature Conservancy is one opportunity for us to participate with a very responsible group of individuals who hold the same values and visions of sustaining this very fragile environment in a science-based and responsible way.  

We are very proud to be a part of this dedicated group and wish them many, many more years of success."


Ranch One owner, Jean Baptiste Lekumberry with daughter, Anna Lekumberry

J.B. Lekumberry: partner - Rancher and landowner

"I give back to The Nature Conservancy because it gives back to me. We’re both concerned about being good stewards of the land and the resources it provides. The climate, elevation, rich mineral deposits and towering snow-capped mountains make the Great Basin a truly unique place and are what inspire me to use sustainable livestock practices on my ranch. If we administer our resources well, nature gives us back so much more!"


Dave Livermore

Dave Livermore: Founder of The Nature Conservancy in Nevada, now the Conservancy’s Utah State Director 

"I started working in Nevada as the Conservancy¹s first Great Basin Field Representative in 1980. I was 25, wet behind the ears, and propelled by the idealism of my generation and a love of conservation. Our work in Nevada since has grown beyond my wildest expectations, not just in size, but in efficacy and innovation. I am proud and inspired to have been part of the Nevada Chapter's early history."


Jim Moore

Jim Moore: Staff member

"I support the Conservancy because it plays a vital, solutions-based role in the environmental protection picture. So much of who I am has been molded by nature and I feel an obligation to give back. My life is inseparable from the natural environment, so I do everything I can to support its continued existence and persistence in the face of so many obstacles. Nevada’s lands and waters will forever inspire me because of their vastness and tenacity at persisting despite so many attempts to change them and mold them into what we as humans feel they should look like and how they should behave."


Shane Ritter

Shane Ritter: Reno resident and avid fisherman

"I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Nevada, a place with stark contrasts between our rugged, dry desert, lush mountains and beautiful, clean rivers. One of my favorite places, as a Reno native and a person who loves fishing, is the Truckee River. I support The Nature Conservancy because of the work they’ve done to fix “my river.” I have seen first-hand how much the river has improved over just a couple of years because of the restoration work the Conservancy has done. They’re charging ahead by leaps and bounds to get the river back to the way it was – and that’s what drives me to be a part of their organization." 


Stephanie VanHooseStephanie VanHoose: Reno Resident, former Patagonia Intern and ongoing TNC volunteer

"I support The Nature Conservancy because their work has proven results that I can see all around me. The staff in the Reno office is an amazing group of people—passionate and educated about the work they are doing.  In just a couple months of volunteering, I learned more about the plants, animals, geography and history of Nevada than I had in the whole time I'd lived here. Plus I gained good friends, ties to other local groups and a sense of community. I can't think of another group more deserving of my support."


Tom Warden

Tom Warden: trustee for the nature conservancy in nevada

"We have become part of The Nevada Chapter of The Nature Conservancy because we are both very interested in protecting nature and preserving life in our beautiful State.  Our philanthropy, through the Nevada State Chapter, is one method that we are able to give back in a meaningful way to the mountains and valleys we so enjoy. The Nature Conservancy is one opportunity for us to participate with a very responsible group of individuals who hold the same values and visions of sustaining this very fragile environment in a science-based and responsible way.  

We are very proud to be a part of this dedicated group and wish them many, many more years of success."

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