The Nature Conservancy

75,220 Supporters

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning U.S. Senate

Tell Congress: Protect the 'Teddy' Bear's Home

The Louisiana black bear — the inspiration for the teddy bear — has made an awe-inspiring comeback from the brink of extinction. But now, the once-endangered animal, along with countless other animals nationwide, risks losing habitat that was critical to its recovery. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected millions of acres in nearly every county in the U.S., and all the animals that live in them, for more than 50 years. The landmark legislation funded the protection of lands that enabled the Louisiana black bear to stage its comeback from as few as 80 bears in the 1980s to as many as 750 bears today. But now, the very existence of this vital program is at risk. Congress let it expire last year — and then reauthorized it for only three years. That's why we must push for permanent reauthorization and full funding NOW or else every few years LWCF could expire again. And that means the habitats it sustains — like the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, home to the Louisiana black bear — risk losing critical funding.

The Nature Conservancy
36,356 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Time has run out on our nation’s most important conservation funding program and Congress needs to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund right away. Each day that passes, funding for hundreds of conservation projects across the country is at risk. This critical program has protected millions of acres over the past 50 years and doesn’t use a penny of taxpayer dollars. It needs to get back up and running as soon as possible. Add your name to let your member of Congress know why conservation matters to you. Photo Credit: Cristina Rutter

The Nature Conservancy
19,432 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Time has run out on our nation’s most important conservation funding program and Congress needs to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund right away. Each day that passes, funding for hundreds of conservation projects across the country is at risk. This critical program has protected millions of acres over the past 50 years and doesn’t use a penny of taxpayer dollars. It needs to get back up and running as soon as possible. Add your name to let your member of Congress know why conservation matters to you. Photo Credit: Janet Haas

The Nature Conservancy
19,432 supporters