It's already having an enormous impact on our region's waters, lands, wildlife and people. And while far from rising seas, we're still seeing the effects of climate change locally. It's showing up in the form of droughts and dying trees, extreme weather and flooding events, and the compounded effects of both in far too many of our waterways. We must act now to preserve nature and protect our quality of life.
Natural Solutions Can Help
Nature is our first line of defense against many climate impacts. It also provides a cost-effective solution to protecting communities and economies from the impacts of climate change like urban heat, extreme flooding, catastrophic storms and stormwater runoff.
what the science says
Nature Can Provide 30% of Climate Solutions
Natural Climate Solutions
We have powerful tools at our disposal that can help mitigate the effects of climate change. These natural climate solutions—conservation, restoration and improved land management—are tools we can deploy right now in landscapes across the globe. Explore NCS.
We’re working hard to ensure our natural and working lands are resilient to climate change. Nature-based adaptation refers to nature-based tactics to facilitate climate adaptation both for biodiversity and the people who rely on these systems. Watch the video.
People for Climate
We know that the scale of the problems we're facing requires all hands on deck. That's why we're working to engage people like you to speak up in support of nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Use your voice!
How We Work
People Must Be Part of the Equation
Trees. Water. Soil.
Through simple actions like planting cover crops, changing the way we manage forests and installing community rain gardens, Minnesotans are already making an impact for people and nature.
Growing Shade Mapping Tool
Created in partnership with the Metropolitan Council and Tree Trust, Growing Shade is an interactive resource to inform tree canopy enhancement and preservation for the Twin Cities region. Explore the tool to learn about tree cover in your neighborhood!
Across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, we have a total opportunity area of 4.2 million suitable acres for reforestation. Learn about the reforestation potential of your area by visiting the Reforestation Hub—an interactive tool created by The Nature Conservancy and American Forests.
Meet Our Team
Get to know the team of experts leading on climate action in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.