We believe there is common ground found in conservation. After all, nature is essential to everyone. It provides clean air, drinking water and for many of us—our livelihoods.

Explore the stories below to learn how we're working with people from diverse backgrounds to create a thriving environment.


Iowa Farmer

Tim Smith explains why, as the first one to use a drop of rain, he cares about conservation.

Louisville Lawmaker

The Conservancy is teaming up with urban communities to demonstrate how nature can benefit cities. In Louisville, Kentucky, it’s as simple as planting trees.

Three Generations of Loggers

At Maryland’s largest private nature reserve, restoration forestry provides work for local loggers and mills. An added bonus: the satisfaction of helping the environment.

Wisconsin Dairy Farmer

Farmers and landowners in the midwest are adopting conservation practices that can improve water quality—and their businesses.

Rediscovering Virginia Key

Virginia Key, Florida, is an ecological treasure. But it also stands as a testament to the fight for equality—and equal access to nature—in the Jim Crow south.

Louisiana Welder

Clarence Dwyer describes building the oyster blocks that are restoring the coastline of Grand Isle on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana: “Oh man, there’s nothing like it.”

The Next Generation

A partnership with Job Corps in southeastern forests is opening up conservation career paths for urban young people. "It feels great to know I’m protecting something for the world.”

Indiana Farmer

Ray McCormick, a farmer in Indiana, shares why he helps other farmers and landowners implement conservation-minded farming.

Ohio Sport Fisherman

Sportfishing charter-boat captain Captain Paul Pacholski has seen firsthand many of the threats facing Lake Erie.

Utah Cattle Rancher

At first glance, greater sage-grouse and cattle don’t have much in common. But after a lifetime of caring for both in tough and harsh northwestern Utah, Jay Tanner sees things in finer focus.

Oregon Brewers

America's forests are the source for more than half of our nation's water—and beer is 90 percent water. That's why breweries are speaking up for nature.

The Heiltsuk People

The Heiltsuk people and 26 other First Nations reached an agreement to secure the protection of 19 million acres. Their story illustrates how indigenous peoples are vital conservation leaders.

Kenyan Women and Widlife

Partnerships with five community-led conservancies are helping women and wildlife in Kenya.

Getting to Work

Our CEO Mark Tercek shares our view on the core principles we should follow to address environmental challenges today.





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