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2014 Conservation Successes

See a slideshow of the conservation successes you made possible in New York this year.

As 2014 draws to a close, we have a lot of conservation successes to celebrate in New York – and it's because of your support. Below our scientists take advantage of the holiday season to say, thank you!

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Jess Ottney Mahar
Director of Government Relations

Thanks in part to our members who sent letters to the governor, New York State took a tremendous step toward climate change resilience this year with the passage of the Community Risk Reduction and Resiliency Act. This important legislation, signed into law by Gov. Cuomo on Sept. 22 and supported by a coalition led by the Conservancy, requires decision makers to use the best available science to proactively consider sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding when issuing certain state funding and permits. We are proud to say that with this new law, New York State recognizes that our climate is changing, and that being prepared is the most prudent way to mitigate risk. Thank you for helping to make this change happen!


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Mike Crawford
Preserve Stewardship Coordinator

I’m thankful for the enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who contribute their time to a wide range of activities that enable us to keep our preserves open to the public. With the help of our volunteers and support of our donors, we are able to provide places where people can connect with nature. If you are looking to spend time outside, be sure to visit the newly renovated boardwalk at Thompson Pond. For other places to enjoy the outdoors, check out a complete listing of our preserves in New York.


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Carl Lobue
Marine Scientist

Thanks to your help, we are addressing one of Long Island’s most pressing environmental concerns—nitrogen pollution in our waters from sewage. Beach closures, fish kill-off from pollution and unsafe conditions keep us from enjoying the best of our local seafood, beaches and bays. And toxic algae in our waters kills fish and our pets, and shellfish poisoning caused by one kind of algae is deadly to humans. Cleaning up our water is a matter of public health. And because Long Island’s water infrastructure is old and deteriorating, we need to upgrade and modernize our wastewater systems to reduce pollution and avoid increasing contamination of our drinking water. We need everyone to take notice and call for action. After all, there’s nothing more important than clean water.


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Stevie Adams
Freshwater Conservation Practitioner

Thanks to our members, The Nature Conservancy officially launched our Flood Smart Communities project this fall to reduce flooding vulnerability in three Rochester area municipalities. This winter we’ll be engaging local decision makers and community members to better understand how flooding affects them physically, economically and socially, From there, we’ll work together to develop floodplain management strategies that protect both people and nature.


You will play a role in the future of conservation in New York when you renew your commitment today. Thank you for all that you do!

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