NH Announces Future of Nature Campaign
An ambitious and far-reaching awareness and fundraising campaign has been unveiled, designed to put New Hampshire on a new, more sustainable path where people and nature can thrive together. The $40 million “Future of Nature” campaign is being led by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. The campaign was created to enable a suite of investments in tackling the climate challenge, charting a course for healthy waters and inspiring people to take action for nature.
The Conservancy’s five-year campaign has raised more than $33 million to date and is now entering its public phase. Throughout the campaign, specific projects across the state that relate to climate, water and people have been identified for support.
“For decades, our visionary donors have provided the rocket fuel needed to power our work. Today, the world needs The Nature Conservancy’s pragmatic, science-based and solution-oriented approach more than ever. This campaign is our largest commitment to date to invest in solutions that benefit both New Hampshire’s biodiversity and improve people’s lives,” said Mark Zankel, state director for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire.
To help tackle the climate challenge, the campaign is raising and investing $13 million to protect a network of resilient and connected lands and work towards a clean energy future.
To help chart a course for healthy waters, the Future of Nature campaign is raising and investing $9.5 million to invest in reconnecting rivers, supporting oyster reef restoration and watershed land protection in Great Bay and fostering sustainable fisheries through new alliances with fisherman and advanced technology and information-sharing.
To better connect people and nature, the campaign is raising and investing $2 million to connect people to the power of nature through making the Conservancy’s lands more accessible to the public; develop the next generation conservation leaders and advance policy issues through advocacy efforts that provide opportunities for New Hampshire residents to engage their elected officials and raise their voices for nature.
In addition, the campaign includes these components:
- Raising $13 million in planned giving commitments to support New Hampshire’s conservation future
- Raising $2 million to grow the Conservancy’s endowment to enhance organizational sustainability and strengthen land and water stewardship capacities in the future
- Raising and investing $500,000 to connect New Hampshire initiatives and support the most critical conservation priorities around the world
“I believe that The Nature Conservancy is the strongest, best-resourced conservation organization and it truly has a global reach,” said Laurie Gabriel, campaign co-chair and trustee for the Conservancy. “With its science-based approach, the Conservancy is positioned to tackle the most challenging environmental issues facing New Hampshire and the world.”
Over the next four months, The Nature Conservancy will be holding a series of events to shine a light on some of the local projects that the campaign is enabling across New Hampshire. They include:
· Protecting thousands of acres of climate-resilient lands and waters at Surry Mountain, just north of Keene and the Kimball Hill Forest in the Newfound Lake watershed.
· Completing New Hampshire’s first climate-resilient, fish-friendly tidal culvert replacement project in partnership with the New Hampshire Coastal Program and the Town of Newmarket.
· Supporting sustainable fisheries through an innovative electronic monitoring project along the Seacoast.
· Restoring oyster reefs to filter water and provide essential marine habitat in the Great Bay estuary.
· Creating universally accessible trails in open space managed by the Conservancy in Manchester and Ossipee.
· Engaging business and community leaders to develop clean energy solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster NH’s economy.
“We face many challenges associated with climate change, including more frequent, extreme storms and drought. Many of our waterways are choked by dams and outdated culverts while others suffer from pollution and habitat degradation. Additionally, many people are losing their connection to nature” Zankel said. “The ultimate goal of the Future of Nature campaign is to take us off a path that is business as usual and put us on a path to becoming more sustainable. To accomplish this, we need more champions for nature and stronger connections to policy leaders to ensure a healthier and more sustainable path for New Hampshire.”
The Nature Conservancy has spent more than six decades protecting nature for the benefit of people and wildlife. In New Hampshire, this includes helping protect more than 280,000 acres of the state’s most important natural landscapes. The Conservancy has led the way in rebuilding oyster reefs and restoring floodplains and has collaborated with business leaders, communities and legislators to develop innovative solutions to New Hampshire’s biggest environmental challenges. To support the Future of Nature campaign, go to www.nature.org/nhfuture or contact Susie Hackler at 603-224-5853.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.