Community-college science professor
and bird-watcher - Adirondacks, New York
The Conservancy has
helped protect many parcels along Lake Champlain with funding from
the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. In the past 20 years,
the act has conserved more than 26.5 million acres nationally —
habitat relished by birders and hunters alike. Despite widespread
support, Congress recently proposed cutting the program entirely.
Something to Share
As a community-college professor with
four children of her own, Malinda Chapman is heavily invested in
passing her knowledge and love of the outdoors to the next
“I teach about plants and animals and the
atmosphere and agriculture and environmental issues because I think
people need to understand them. I have something to share.”
Living in the Adirondacks provides plenty of opportunity for Malinda
to get out and share her knowledge and love for the land. “It's such
an accessible wilderness,” she says, “so close to New York City and
Montreal. But I worry that not enough people care about nature or
the environment, and I want to help them make connections.
“It's important to speak about what you believe in. I'm a mom and I
want to make sure my children have a beautiful place to raise their
own children. I really am one of those people rooted to the land. I
grew up around this area and can't leave in the month of May. I love
to watch the progression of leaves coming out and spring returning.”
I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can
help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy.
I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for
nature to help save the places we love.