Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado © Chris Helzer

Real People, Real Stories

Every day across the country, courageous people are speaking out for the natural world to protect their families, their communities and their livelihoods. Read real stories about how everyday people are using their outside voices to make a difference – then join our cause.

“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

“I use my outside voice because if we can increase the amount of green space, nature has a better chance of thriving.”
Seventh Grader - Pennsylvania
“I use my outside voice any chance to evoke action, transform attitudes, and spur real change.”
Ohio State University Graduate - Clintonville, Ohio
“I use my outside voice because living in this unique valley is totally natural and amazing with all it has to offer!”
North East, Pennsylvania
“It’s my duty to speak out and share my experiences and hopefully my story can make a difference.”
Volunteer TIS Support - TNC in Missouri
“It’s important to speak about what you believe in.”
Community-college science professor and bird-watcher - Adirondacks, New York
“People are looking for places that retain a sense of character.”
Former Mayor of Palm Desert, California - Palm Valley, California
“We are profoundly connected to nature whether we know it or not.”
Student, Rice University - Houston, Texas
“Speak up for the importance of traditional lands.”
Native Hawaiian - Kahuku Ranch, Hawaii
“Everyone should use their voices, their bodies, their minds to take action on behalf of nature.”
Member of Team Nature and new father - Long Island, NY
“Learn about issues like where your drinking water comes from.”
Environmental science teacher - Danville, Pennsylvania
“Support all types of life – not just animals, not just land, but everything in between.”
Student - East Hartford, Connecticut
“Someone has to speak for future generations.”
Water district manager, father and hunter - Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
“If you abuse the land, it’s not going to be here for the next generation.”
Retired farmer, county judge and avid boater - Crittenden County, Kentucky
“Take a hike with your friends or family – show them what inspires you.”
Restoration enthusiast - Boyds, Maryland
“Sometimes, conservation awareness can be raised simply by speaking up.”
New York City LEAF Intern - Queens, New York
“Sometimes the things that are most important are the things we take for granted.”
New York City LEAF Alumnus - Poughkeepsie, New York

Your Stories

Everyone has a story to tell. How are changes in your local wildernesses, parks and special places affecting you and your community? What special places do you think should be saved forever? What natural treasures do you value in your own community and want to pass on to the next generation? Share your story -- speak up for nature to help save the places we love!

jeffrey corbett
saint croix falls
I am a proud tree hugger. I wish I would have lived in the late 1800's when this area was covered with old growth tree's. I think it would have been an awesome experience to be in an old growth forest with trees 6 ft in diameter in Wisconsin. The only reason all these trees were cut down was because of greed. I think old growth trees in this entire country, should be put on the endangered species list. I would like to see 500-1000 acres put aside in each state, and never logged again, so we could start growing these types of forests again.
Haley Stickney
Orlando, FL
I am a concerned resident of Seminole county. I have noticed that there are tons of acres of land up for sale all over central Florida. It seems everywhere I turn, for sales signs have sprouted up! My favorite part of winter springs - the natural undeveloped area right off of SR 434 near Winter Springs high school, is up for sale by Schrimsher Properties. I am wondering if the Nature Conservancy has any plans to protect this beautiful land and its animals from development? If I can be of any help, please let me know! I would hate to see all of Orange and Seminole county's natural land developed,
Matthew Marlow
Rock Hill, SC
Unfortunately runaway suburban sprawl is increasingly becoming more and more common in the area where we live. Short-term thinking and the constant cry for more growth aren't being balanced by sustainable growth or long-term planning. One example would be, once magnificent hardwood forests are being completely cleared and replaced with high density housing tracks and non-native plants. This serves as a 1-2 punch to ecological diversity. These biological wastelands don't benefit anyone in the long run. I just wish I knew how to do more. I'm a long time supporter of the Nature Conservancy and other local land trusts, but what more can one do locally to change the way our politicians view development and economic growth.
Delores Haak
Madison
I have a degree from UW-Madison in Ag Education w/a Natural Resource emphasis. As you can see, I have a long interest in our natural resources. I'm not quite sure what "Share Your Story" means, but here in WI our natural resources are under attack by our governor, his budget, and our Republican legislators. My legislators are supportive of our environmental legislation.
mary coulson
southwest ranches, florida
When I first came to live in Florida 48 years' ago from the UK, I was dazzled by the natural beauty of this state. Our weekends were spent touring the Everglades, Key West, West coast of Florida and exploring the beauty of Biscayne Bay. Over the years, we have seen a decline in certain areas caused by the melaleuca trees but it was quickly realized that these were a natural threat and steps have been taken to eradicate them. The preservation of the Everglades movement has indeed saved this special and beautiful environment and we owe a great deal to the voice of Margorie Stoneham Douglas in preserving this natural area. So I try to protect nature, even if it's in my own backyard, so it will still continue to excite and be enjoyed years down the road.
Lisa Mixson
Grays SC
I love nature! I think more woods should be protected more and don't cut so many. Trees are beautiful and are good for our environment.
Ann Bassett-Hite
Tequesta, Fl
The Everglades should be given top priority in my opinion. It's unique in the world, a world heritage site. the source of clean drinking water for millions, a barrier to salt water intrusion in rising seas and home to millions of creatures who are dependent upon it. Half of it has already been lost. Unfortunately, the Florida legislature is a friend to developers and corporations (like sugar companies) and the home of broken promises whenever environmental issues arise.
colleen macinnis
centerville oh
I'm now a Fl resident. I am using permaculture techniques to carbon capture on my property and attract wildlife with great success. Am also a DVM,MD working within the healthcare system with no success!!! due to govn't regulations and wt of bureaucracy. Am in the process of buying depleted agricultural land to implement a restoration agriculture plan on 100 acres. See Mark Shepherds restoration agriculture web site for details of the plan.
Diana Owens
Sarasota, FL
We have a wonderful area called the Celery Fields that started as celery fields, was turned into water retention ponds and then into a manmade wetland area with walking paths and boardwalks witha giant hill made from the dredging ,now planted with native trees and shrubs. The amount of wildlife is incredible and a wonderful community effort has arisen to support this area. I am always blown away when I stop to consider that this is a just a postage stamp sized area compared to what once was and I want to do whatever it takes to save more natural areas.
Justin DuRant
Sumter
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