Top Funding Priorities


Help protect Nevada's freshwater systems for nature and people.

Thank you for your interest in The Nature Conservancy in Nevada!

From Red Rock Canyon and Ash Meadows, to the Truckee River and the Carson Valley, The Nature Conservancy and its partners have been protecting Nevada’s lands and waters for nature and people for more than 30 years. Our achievements include:

  • Becoming the first chapter of The Nature Conservancy to help conserve one million acres of land. To date, we have helped conserve more than 3 million acres and 26 river miles.
  • Helping to infuse more than $18 million into the Nevada economy through conservation work on the Truckee River.
  • Partnering with others to plan habitat improvements on more than 2.1 million acres of public lands in Nevada.
  • Securing more than $30 million in public funding for the improvement of Nevada’s critical natural places.

There are many ways to show your support for nature and get involved with The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. Find out more at

You Can Make a Difference for Nevada’s Lands and Waters

The Nature Conservancy depends upon the support of people like you. As you consider your own giving plans this year, please consider our current priorities in Northern Nevada; a gift of $1,000 - $10,000, or more, can go a long way toward conserving the lands and waters that nature and people in Nevada depend upon:

Truckee River Watershed
The Truckee River begins in the high Sierra. It supplies our drinking water in Reno and Sparks, offers outstanding recreational opportunities and is integral to the survival of numerous species in Nevada’s high-desert environment. The Nature Conservancy is helping to ensure this valuable water source thrives for people and nature. A gift today can support our critical restoration and conservation efforts on the upper and lower Truckee River, or our efforts to permanently protect Independence Lake in the high Sierra.

Carson River Project
Flowing from the high elevation headwaters in California’s Iceberg Wilderness, the Carson River provides vital freshwater for many wildlife species, as well as drinking water for communities along its 184 mile journey to the Carson sink. Combining land protection strategies, habitat restoration projects and community outreach programs, The Nature Conservancy is working to nurture strong community partnerships among local businesses, ranchers, schools, nonprofit organizations and public agencies in order to find conservation solutions that work for people and for nature. A gift today can support our efforts centered at River Fork Ranch Preserve at our hub in the Carson Valley.

Sagebrush Ecosystems
Nevada’s wide-open spaces are home to an array of wildlife, including the greater sage-grouse, mule deer and pygmy rabbits. Using a science-based approach and working with others, The Nature Conservancy aims to ensure that this vibrant habitat meets the needs of both nature and people. A gift today can support our science and conservation experts as they work to apply the best available science to develop win-win solutions for wildlife and people in sagebrush ecosystems across Nevada, from the Walker River to Elko and Ely.

Please contact Simon Williams, Acting Director of Philanthropy at or call (775) 322-4990 ext. 3123 to discuss these exciting grant opportunities further.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to