Imagine a world where people are not separate from nature, but intertwined with it. A world where our lands and waters are protected and restored, where people, wildlife and nature can thrive.
The Nature Conservancy’s vision for Ohio and the world is built on the understanding that people are a part of nature. We know that communities and local economies can thrive alongside Ohio’s irreplaceable forests, streams, wetlands and grasslands.
You are helping us bring this vision to life.
Together, our efforts will yield positive impacts for every Ohioan—all 11.7 million of us and counting—and the billions more who benefit from the shared systems that connect Ohio and the Midwest to the rest of our planet.
As I reflect on the remarkable strides we've made together in conservation, I am filled with gratitude for supporters like you who share our passion for protecting and preserving the environment. Your support has been the bedrock of our success.
As the year draws to a close and the holiday season approaches, I invite you to consider a gift that echoes your continued commitment to preserving the beauty and diversity of nature in Ohio. Your contribution to our United By Nature campaign plays a pivotal role in advancing conservation efforts aimed at ensuring the availability of clean water and fresh air, as well as preserving the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of conservation for future generations. Thank you for being a steadfast ally in our mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
-Bill Stanley, Director, TNC Ohio
United By Nature
In 2020, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio launched a six-year campaign for conservation. The campaign directly supports our work to protect Ohio’s lands and waters, transition to sustainable use of resources and inspire more people to act for nature.
The challenges we face are enormous—from a changing climate to the loss of biodiversity and a growing population. United By Nature is part of our vision to tackle these issues as we strive to create a world where people and nature thrive together.
But this work will take all of us. Every person and every dollar will make a difference. If you’ve made a gift to our United By Nature campaign, thank you! If not, we invite you to join us on the path ahead with your gift.
Our United By Nature Goals
Ohio is home to diverse natural areas, plants and wildlife. But they face an uncertain future. We’ve chosen the following areas where, together, we can make the greatest impact—click each tile to learn more.
Your Impact in Ohio
Through contributions to The Nature Conservancy in Ohio’s United By Nature campaign, supporters like you have made an impact in all of our work for nature and people. Here are just a few of the milestones we have achieved together.
Your Contributions in Action
Acres of land protected.
Acres of wetlands restored by both TNC and partners.
Acres of natural areas managed with partners.
Metric tons of CO2 removed from the atmosphere.
Make a Difference
For more than 60 years, people like you have helped The Nature Conservancy protect Ohio's lakes, forests, winding rivers and rolling hills. We’re building on that legacy and bringing people together to help solve today’s biggest conservation challenges from climate change and habitat loss to protecting clean water.
Restoring Ohio's Waters
From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, water sustains us. We rely on it for drinking water, industry, recreation and so much more. Lake Erie alone supplies drinking water to 11 million people.
In 2023, TNC worked to restore and protect our waters and the lands that cradle them to ensure that we protect our health and wellbeing today and into the future.
A Win for Clean Water
Thanks to partners and support from people like you, we have restored 7.2 miles of streams and more than 155 acres of wetlands over the past two years through 13 projects led by the Ohio Mitigation Program, with 23 additional projects in various stages of implementation or evaluation.
Explore Our Work in Water
Throughout Ohio, TNC is working to protect and restore Ohio's water, from wetlands to rivers and beyond. Follow the links below to learn more about our efforts to secure clean water for every person in Ohio.
Securing Clean Water for Ohio
The health and wellbeing of 11 million people in Ohio is directly tied to the health of our water. Discover how we're protecting clean water for all. Learn More
Restoring Sandusky Bay
Working with partners throughout Ohio, TNC is helping to revitalize the waters and wetlands that flow into Sandusky Bay. Learn More
Protecting Ohio's Lands
Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the future of people and nature worldwide. The Nature Conservancy is addressing these interconnected issues by conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Here in Ohio, we’re doing our part by conserving valuable habitats that will help us achieve our climate and biodiversity goals. By protecting and restoring habitats like wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes and forests, TNC is helping to reconnect fragmented habitats for plants and wildlife while ensuring the resiliency of these systems to support people and nature in a changing climate.
A Win for Land Protection
In 2023, we acquired and protected three parcels of land, adding 287 acres to our Edge of Appalachia preserve. The Frame tract, Portman tract, and Wayne Moore tract protect some of Ohio's most resilient watersheds, rare prairie habitats, forested hills and uncommon and state-listed species.
Explore Our Land Protection Work
From the wet prairies near Toledo to the forests buffering Cincinnati and all the greenspace between them—TNC is working to protect, restore and reconnect Ohio's most climate-resilient lands.
Conserving Ohio's Climate-Resilient Lands
Ohio's natural areas support a thriving recreation industry and an array of plants and wildlife. Discover how we're protecting climate-resilient lands for all. Learn More
Protecting Places Crucial for Nature in Ohio
Ohio’s natural areas are as bountiful as they are beautiful. Discover how we're safeguarding biodiversity through land protection across the state. Learn More
Driving Climate Action in Ohio
Climate change is no longer a crisis of the distant future. It's here, now. We see it happening in extreme wildfires, droughts, floods, hotter temperatures and rising sea levels. To survive, we need to adapt our thinking and our actions to account for the severe changes we already see happening.
But to thrive in the coming years, we need to lean on and into nature and the cost-effective solutions that already exist. While there is no one, true solution to the myriad of issues we face from climate disruptions, we have hope. From practical solutions such as solar panels to poltical advocacy and growing partnerships, TNC is working on diverse and innovative solutions to tackle the growing climate challenges.
A Win for Climate Action
We installed solar panels at the Grand River Conservation Campus to help power pavilion lights, nature center and electric vehicle charging stations, all while saving the amount of CO2 emitted by 111 tons of coal over the next 30 years.
Explore Our Climate Action Work
We are all connected by the water we drink, the air we breathe and the lands that feed us. Yet the world’s rapidly changing climate is straining the systems we rely on to live. TNC in Ohio is turning to nature for science-based solutions to tackle climate change in the state.
Creating Solutions for Climate Change in Ohio
limate change threatens the health of people and the planet, but nature can help. Learn how TNC is creating a climate-resilient future for Ohio. Learn More
Creating a Clean Energy Future in Ohio
TNC is helping to create a renewable energy future in Ohio that benefits the economy and reduces impacts to nature. Discover how we're doing it.
Our Impact Beyond Ohio
Ohio was the first TNC chapter to support conservation outside the state. Since then, The Nature Conservancy has emerged as a global problem solver and a respected voice for nature in some of Earth’s most remote places.
Now more than ever, we have a unique opportunity to positively impact the health of the natural world, and the communities that depend on them. We understand the imperative need to halt climate change and biodiversity loss, and believe achieving global change starts at home.
With 2030 organizational goals as our North Star, Ohio is developing and leading tangible projects and programs that benefit people and nature beyond our state. At the same time, we are drawing from scientific research, Indigenous wisdom and diverse partnerships locally and globally to create a healthier, more resilient planet for all.
And you are a vital part of our work. Because of your generosity and support, we're not only able to set ambitious goals for a thriving future—we're strongly positioned to meet those goals.
4R Nutrient Stewardship
Initially developed and launched in Ohio, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program is now a multi-state effort that has led to 4R practices—applying the right fertilizer to crops at the right rate, time and in the right places—on more than 10 million acres across the United States and the province of Ontario. 4.5 million of these acres were influenced by TNC’s work in Ohio.
Focal Places Pilot
The Nature Conservancy launched our global Focal Places pilot, which was designed to provide internal resources and expertise to the regions with the greatest potential to advance our ambitious 2030 goals. All four of the Focal Places—Kalimantan, the Amazon, Kenya, and the Appalachians Mountains—were selected because of their high importance for biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
Advancing Renewable Energy
TNC is helping to bridge the gap between conservation of natural areas and the demands of a clean energy economy while also advocating for legislative action that will support both. We are using the power of nature and the strength of policy and markets to reduce emissions, support renewable energy and store carbon to reach our global goal of avoiding or sequestering 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year by 2030.
In addition to storing 20% of the eastern U.S.’s forest carbon and supplying freshwater to millions of people, the Appalachian Mountains provide an important pathway for wildlife to move and adapt in a changing climate. In southern Ohio, we’re striving to bridge the gap between the Shawnee State Forest and the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System to connect vital plant and animal habitats and build a forest more resilient to climate change.
Ways to Give
There are many ways to give to The Nature Conservancy that aren’t a cash gift or pledge. Many of TNC’s supporters give in other ways that better suit their individual situations. Four of the most common are listed below. Like other charitable gifts, they can provide significant tax advantages. If you are interested in having a conversation with a member of our Development Team about these or other options for giving to TNC, please reach out to Meg Sekas, Development Operations Manager, at email@example.com or by phone at 380-206-2172.
Gifts for Today
The threats to our natural world have never been greater and the need for bold solutions has never been more urgent. Your gift today put the best conservation science into action right now. Make your United by Nature gift today.
The Legacy Club
Legacy Club members—those who include TNC in their estate plans—are critical to long-term conservation success and stability. More than 20 percent of the funds TNC raises globally for conservation come from Legacy Club gifts. Learn more about the Legacy Club.
Donor Advised Fund
A cost-effective and efficient alternative to establishing a private foundation, this flexible fund represents a commitment to TNC that also preserves the donor’s ability to choose how and when distributions are made, at their own pace. Learn more about Donor Advised Funds.
Charitable IRA Rollover
Some donors are surprised to find that they can put their IRAs to work for nature! Direct distributions from one’s IRA to TNC can be made without incurring income tax on the withdrawal, while also protecting Wisconsin’s lands and waters. Learn about Charitable IRA donations.