Science plays a leading role in The Nature Conservancy’s work. It helps inform effective strategies and measures our success. All of our scientific research helps guide us so that we can better protect our lands and waters.
In Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, the Conservancy’s science team is working to protect our grasslands, forests, wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams for nature and people.
Our researchers are looking at everything from the effects of grazing and fire on prairies to how climate change will transform our northern forests. We’re also studying how conservation can help mitigate flooding and improve water quality.
Learn why the Conservancy is trying to solve the grassland bird mystery.
Find out how The Nature Conservancy is using a new approach, "Environmental Flows and Levels," to ensure groundwater is clean and reliable for both people and nature.
How does grazing regime affect grassland bird populations in Sheyenne Grasslands of North Dakota?
Deer are having an impact on Minnesota's forests. Read about long-term impacts.
Science guides our work in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Meet our science team.
Our preserves serve as outdoor laboratories. Get more information and apply for a permit.
It takes a lot of prairie seed to recreate a prairie. Scientists are studying how native prairies can help. Learn more in our latest Science Update.