Bequest Stories

If you would like to support the lands and waters you love, but feel you cannot make a significant gift today, your solution may be a charitable bequest to The Nature Conservancy. A bequest under your will or revocable trust can complement your lifestyle and commitments today while supporting the Conservancy’s work tomorrow.

Donald B. and Elizabeth G. (Libby) Lawrence were life-long conservationists, and their devotion and love for the natural world culminated with their bequest gift to The Nature Conservancy. The generous gift from their estate will allow The Nature Conservancy to carry on the conservation accomplishments Don and Libby made during their lifetimes. 

Their Legacy

A Professor Emeritus of Botany and Ecology at the University of Minnesota, Don traveled extensively with his wife, Libby, to discover secrets of the natural world and shared his knowledge with his students and the Conservancy's science staff. In 1960, Don and Libby discovered the best example of "biscuit-scabland topography associated with native grassland and shrub-steppe ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest" and established a fund with The Nature Conservancy for its eventual acquisition years later. Named the Lawrence Memorial Grassland Preserve, this area is recognized as a National Natural Landmark—it now receives ongoing management and stewardship thanks to half of the Lawrences' generous bequest to The Nature Conservancy.

The other half of the Lawrences' bequest supports the Minnesota chapter's Cox Family Fund for Science, in honor of their life-long love of scientific study. Their gift will fund research and monitoring of conservation activities throughout the state to ensure successful restoration and stewardship of protected lands.

The Lawrences are an inspiration to everyone working to save lands and waters around the world. Their gift reflects the confidence they placed in the Conservancy to create their legacy by preserving the Earth's diversity for generations to come

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