The Nature Conservancy
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.
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Tell Congress: Stand up for science funding
Science is essential to restoring degraded coral reefs, saving threatened species, securing clean water for all, and slowing the onslaught of climate change. But the reality is the Administration's proposed budget makes devastating cuts to vital scientific programs we need for a brighter future—from cutting the EPA Office of Research and Development budget in half, to completely eliminating funding for UN climate change research and NOAA coastal and marine research. Here's the bottom line: Without critical scientific programs like these, we will fall behind—and more special places will be lost forever. We need you to add your voice today to protect science and keep innovation off the chopping block. Take a stand right now and tell your representatives and senators to say no to cuts to scientific research.
Tell Congress: Protect Conservation Funding
Clean air and water. Astonishing vistas and precious, unique natural places. Wildlife, wide open spaces, and cultural resources. These are all part of an irreplaceable heritage handed down by generations of Americans, and a legacy we must safeguard. The Administration's budget proposal strips much of the critical funding required to preserve this legacy and protect the natural resources that sustain us all. It's simple: we can't protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our nation's natural places unless we protect essential conservation and science funding. Together, we must call on Congress to ensure that funding levels stay strong and vital conservation programs and services do not end up on the chopping block. Because undermining conservation doesn't just hurt wildlife and natural treasures—it harms local communities and our national economy. Stand with us now and tell Congress to protect funding for conservation.
Bison in the balance: Save our national symbol
At the turn of the 20th century, the American Bison, our national mammal, was nearly wiped out by relentless slaughter. Populations plunged from between 30 to 60 million to less than 500 animals. Though tireless efforts to restore herds have helped place bison on the path toward recovery, they still need your help. To survive, the American Bison relies on the North American tallgrass prairie -- an ecosystem that is more imperiled than the Amazon rainforest. Congress has the power to protect bison habitat by supporting one of our nation's most effective conservation programs, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). However, Congress ignores and underfunds this program year after year -- even though the LWCF doesn't cost taxpayers a dime! Meanwhile, critical bison habitat in the Dakotas, Oklahoma, and throughout the nation get turned into parking lots. The still-fragile bison comeback needs the LWCF. Our prairies need the LWCF. Iconic American species need the LWCF. And Congress needs to hear this message -- from you. Please urge Congress to stand up for permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund today for bison and all of the species that are critical to our natural spaces.
Tell Congress and the Administration: Keep nature on the agenda
So much is at stake for nature in the coming year: the protection of wildlife and natural places, the clean air and water our communities rely on, the health of people and the entire planet. As new leadership takes office, elected officials need to hear from YOU. Tell Congress and the White House how much you care about our natural world. Tell them how critical it is to rely on science to guide conservation efforts. Tell them you're counting on them to address urgent challenges like energy use, sustaining endangered landscapes, and protecting critically imperiled species. Speak out now: Protect our nation's natural heritage and the health of people and our planet.
Call on Leaders to Act: Combat Climate Change Now
Climate change may be the most important challenge humanity has ever faced. The Paris Agreement — ratified into force last year — stands as an unprecedented global pact among 196 nations to take steps to prevent catastrophic climate change and ensure a cleaner, safer planet for future generations. U.S. participation in the agreement deserves our support more than ever to ensure it remains strong. Stand with us in calling on world leaders to begin putting this historic agreement into action. We cannot afford to wait any longer to cut harmful carbon emissions and combat climate change. It’s time to fund and act on specific climate measures in nations around the world. Pledge to stand with The Nature Conservancy as we call on world leaders to take immediate climate action and stand by the Paris Agreement.
Only 160 Left: Act Now to Save the FL Panther
There are only an estimated 160 Florida panthers left on Earth, pushed to slivers of land that total just 5 percent of their historic range. It doesn’t have to be this way. The solution is simple: Florida panthers need habitat, and every piece of land we can conserve is critical to the panther's survival. For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected millions of acres -- from prime Florida panther habitat to nearly every county across the U.S. But unless Congress fully funds LWCF, prime panther habitat like the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge & Conservation Area and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge will continue to go unprotected. And so will hundreds of other important conservation programs that help save species, keep our water clean, and protect nature across the country. That's why we must push for full funding NOW. These essential programs are at risk. With your support, we can help protect thousands more acres of lands to give the panther a fighting chance. Call on Congress today to protect the natural resources the panther and other wildlife depends on.
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.
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