Today’s conservationist is protecting the environment at a whole new level – from preserving specific places of biologic diversity to influencing government action to determining where to make financial investments that provide lasting results for a sustainable planet.
Learn through our Q&As how Conservancy staff approach their work, and explore Faces of Conservation to see how our conservationists are making a difference in Pennsylvania and around the globe.
“I’m impressed—smitten, really—with the Conservancy's comprehensive global reach, scientific emphasis and expertise, and creative and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing environmental challenges.”
Paul and Carolyn Rizza
“It is important to support international conservation work because the world is all connected. Unless all communities are healthy, there will be wars and disasters which make the world a less safe place for all of us.”
“I want future generations to have a fully functioning natural world and to still be able to experience the beauty, wonder, joy, and peace that interacting with the natural world can impart.”
"Many of the flood-prone areas we’re focusing on for the natural needs of the rivers also are some of the same areas that often have caused economic and human loss during flooding."
"Our work in the Susquehanna is particularly important because of the influence it has on the Chesapeake Bay, which supports the 16 million people living within the watershed and is legendary for its marine life."
Clifford L. Jones
"Someone has got to be responsible for the animals and birds, and the invertebrates, which are not covered by law in Pennsylvania. Somehow someone must put into law the protection of the invertebrates. All the other life forms in depend on them."
"To us, one robin looks like another robin. But, after we mark a bird, we can trace its travels, its age, its mates. It’s hard to imagine research without banding."
"We are currently preparing a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forest management plan for the 3,000-acre West Branch Wilderness Preserve – the first of its kind for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania."
George C. Gress
"Some unique habitats are shaped by fire, and the rare species within those areas need fire to regenerate growth and reduce the number of invasive species encroaching on the landscape."
Amanda Nickeson Cherry
“It would be very hard to meet our conservation goals without help from our donors and members. My role is to educate the community on the great work the Conservancy is doing in Pennsylvania and around the globe and then to gather support for that work.”