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
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!
Sutter Creek, CA
Thank you for what you do. I grew up in the Allgaeu mountain region of Southwest Germany. It was normal to have the beauty of glorious nature around me. I took it for grantage (sp). The cows graze on lush meadows and roam around. Good, oh so good milk! Truly happy cows. Humans, animals, nature in harmony. A wish for All. Everywhere.
Lauren Wyckoff Carroll
An avid outdoor enthusiast, I feel a responsibility to protect our natural lands. I am an environmental scientist and currently work as a Biologist at the Army Corps of Engineers protecting out nations natural resources. I feel most at home in natural spaces and strongly agree with Mr. John Muir in that "going out, I found, was really going in."
Elizabeth City, NC
Almost everybody in my area likes to fish and/or hunt, and these folks have no problems except loss of habitat. My problem is that there are no walking trails in the area and there are no spots to observe any nature.
I would like to see a shift in the emphasis of hunting to sightseeing instead, and would like to see this before all the woods are gone.
The 280 acre apple orchard, the largest one in town, was sold to a developer who is planning a project that will change the town forever. It breaks my heart every time I drive by the miles of apple trees that will give way to his planned homes, hotels, businesses and more.
I have only a short story. I grew up on a farm a long time ago. Two things I remember most. One was helping my father make hay. The other was to scramble down a long,steep, perilous hill to get for each meal the food stored in what we called the spring house. A small building housed several bubbling springs that kept the temperature cool. The only running water in our house way on top of this hill was pumped there by a gasoline motor in the spring house.
Back then our living was primitive but healthful. I now live in town and cherish my yard that I have made into a retreat of beauty to be enjoyed by being in the midst of it or by looking out from the many windows of my home. I know the living now is far less healthful than it was when I was young.
C Dale & Merle E Luttrell
Anyone who has the privledge to work outside and be out to watch the Sun coming up as your getting ready to feed and see the land as the day starts is so very lucky. I am happen to be one of those lucky ones. Sometimes it is hard work to do the right thing for the land when you have to put special effort to make sure that what you are using won't hurt the ground water or kill the native plants. To be a person who loves the land and wants to leave it better for those that are coming is not easy work. But some how you just know in your heart it the right thing to do.As I set here writing this I look out my window and I see the Lake Martin and I know the effort that goesinto keeping the water clean. I am so proud when folks come and walk out on the dock and they see the bottom and see the fish and the look at me and say you are so lucky to be able live here and I get to say back You know it is like being on vaction everyday.
We are so luicky to have a place only seven miles from our home to have our horses. When we took over the land it had not be taken care of for the last ten years. And each day we make a little prgress to retore the land. Once again I am seeing wildlife ome back to the pastures. Just the other morning as I came out of the barn and looked up on the hill there we seven deer grazing not fifty feet from the horses. I just stood there with my mouth open and couldn't believe my eyes.
I am glad to be a part of The Nature Conservancey. I only wish I could give more. But I was thinking if each of us said that we woudl give a dollar a day, you can't even get a cup of coffee for that any more, but what a differnce it would make to the world ten thousand 20 thousand it would add up qick and we could do more. I know that I am on a fixed income as a disable Veteran, but I just give one dinner out a month and I can do that. So I pledge one dollar a day. To make a better world for each of us.
Montgomery Village MD
I AM ALL OF IT! Jesus, thank you for sending the miracle of love to everyone and everything in the universe--there is no such "person" as an alien. We are innocent and invincible. We should fear nothing and no one. Any other condition is a call for love ... Any other condition is a call for love. How will you answer today? How will I answer today?
Abraham Omorenimwen Oboruemuh
AM a sport man and i have studied in finland wrote about the case of seasonal affective disorder which was submitted at the berlin administrative court in germany by a way of proving the theory wrong i play karate and have played in finnish open tiger challenge cup in finland current writing from nigeria and have been given admission letter to study at la sierra university in riverside california