To date, the Conservancy has strongly supported several winning ballot measures where voters have overwhelmingly decided to use tax dollars to improve water quality, protect land and provide for outdoor recreational activities. Here are some examples of how voters have used their Outside Voice to secure public funds that have helped save our lands and waters.
“People value clean water and healthy land and are willing to invest to protect them.” – Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy, in cooperation with several partners is creating a living shoreline along two stretches of eroding shoreline in Mobile Bay and Porterville Bay in Alabama. Funded through a NOAA-ARRA grant, this project is a vital step to restoring both the ecological integrity and economic stability of fishing communities of coastal Alabama.
The Nature Conservancy, NOAA and several partners have constructed and are maintaining staghorn and elkhorn coral nurseries in eight locations across two ecosystems, thanks in part to federal funds. Coral reefs and associated habitats increase biodiversity and provide critical habitat for fishery resources that represent a valuable source of food for humans.
The U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, private landowners recently announced the creation of the Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area – an easement-based conservation area, compliments of The Conservancy’s Flint Hills easement work in Kansas, and may someday entail more than a million acres. The breathtaking and ecologically rich tallgrass prairie of eastern Kansas is the first area to be protected under the America’s Great Outdoors Program.
The Nature Conservancy purchased more than 310,000 acres of important forestland, the core of which is known as the Crown of the Continent. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provided $350 million to protect Montana’s most beloved places, including the Rocky Mountain Front – a gem of the sweeping Crown. This land is one of the largest, most intact ecosystems remaining in the continental United States and provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species.
In November, Minnesotans overwhelmingly supported passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Nature Conservancy and its supporters played an important role in passing this historic amendment, and now we are working hard to ensure the funding is spent wisely and strategically.
For three years, the Conservancy worked quietly to create and pass Question 1, a ballot initiative for a stable, long-term source of funding to protect Nevada's open space, rivers, lakes, wetlands and parks.
The Texas State Legislature passed one of the most innovative pieces of legislation in the nation to protect what is undoubtedly one of our most precious natural resources: water.