Gift Benefits West Texas Preserve

3M Gift Helps Conservancy Complete Purchase at Davis Mountains

AUSTIN, TX | March 15, 2008

The 3M Foundation presented a check today for $500,000 to The Nature Conservancy during an event at the non-profit organization’s downtown office. The funds will help complete the purchase of a 10,000-acre tract at the Davis Mountains Preserve that the Conservancy purchased in 2004. The property connects two existing tracts owned by the Conservancy, bringing the total protected area at the preserve to more than 33,000 acres. 

“We are very excited about and grateful for this gift. The Davis Mountains are an incredibly iconic part of this state’s heritage, and the range is home to a diverse array of plants and animals,” said Laura Huffman, the director of the Conservancy of Texas. 

“The 3M Foundation is proud to support The Nature Conservancy’s work in Texas and around the globe,” said Dr. Joaquin Delgado, executive vice president, 3M Electro and Communications Business. “The Conservancy has a long and proven track record of working with businesses to achieve significant and lasting results that benefit wildlife and people as well.” 

Learn more about the Davis Mountains Preserve online in the “Places We Protect” section of

In June the 3M Foundation also announced it would provide $500,000 to the Conservancy in Australia. Here the Conservancy will work with several partners, including the government and local indigenous communities, to conserve more than 450,000 acres of savanna woodlands and rainforest in the northern part of the country. 

Overall, 3M and the 3M Foundation have given more than $17 million to The Nature Conservancy. In addition to the gifts for Texas and Australia, 3M and the 3M Foundation have given in recent years over $8.5 million to the Conservancy for forest acquisitions in Alabama, New Jersey and Minnesota, and for conservation projects in Brazil, China, Mexico and British Columbia, Canada. A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. More information about 3M is available online.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Terry Quinn
The Nature Conservancy
(512) 623-7247

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