What We Do

Guardians of Vermont's Natural Treasures

Chartered in 1960, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont has helped protect more than 300,000 acres of land, over 1,200 miles of shoreline and manage and maintain 55 natural areas. We are proud to be connecting land, water, wildlife and people for over 50 years.  

On Land: We are passionate about the idea that "if we build it, they will come" --a resurgent network of native plants, connected wildlife corridors, and intact forests. We work diligently to amass and connect Vermont's treasured lands from enchanted old growth forests to bat caves to scenic vistas. 

On Water: Clean water is a product of healthy forests and wetlands.  We all have a part to play and The Nature Conservancy in Vermont is applying its science based knowledge to build an intricate web of healthy waterways that involves restoring floodplain forests, wetlands and forest protection, infrastructure improvements, agricultural buffers, and dam removals.  We must be "all in" to secure clean water for both wildlife and people for many generations.

On Climate: For over 50 years our work has helped species and ecosystems adapt to a changing world.  We are now ready to dig deeper and tackle the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  By working to reduce emissions in Vermont, we will build strong momentum to advance carbon progress on a broader scale.  Vermont will contribute to the achievement of the 50 State Strategy's policies and practices that reduce emissions by 17% by 2020.

On People: Our conservation work is integral to the health and economy of Vermont and its people.  Whether it is through volunteer or outreach opportunities, educational events or communications, we are committed to connecting people with our work and the benefits that are realized: intact forests, clean water, thriving habitats, walking trails and a healthier Vermont.

On Policy: As important as it is to be working out in the field planting trees, restoring floodplains, or maintaining our natural areas, it is also vitally important that we are engaged with our administration to advance policy initiatives that safeguard clean water, natural communities, critical wildlife habitat, and invest in nature based solutions to address flood and climate resiliency. 

Our Strategies

Fresh Water


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