Americans Vote "Yes" for Conservation

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.

 

Alabama Coastal Restoration Project

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.

Florida Coral Recovery and Restoration

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.

Ranching to Save the Tallgrass Prairie

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.

Crown of the Continent – The Montana Legacy Project

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.

Minnesota Votes "Yes" for Conservation

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.

Nevada Passes the Nevada Clean Water, Parks and Wildlife Bond

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.​

As Historic Drought in Texas Lingers, State Passes Innovative Water Stewardship Legislation

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.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Funded​​​

Thanks to you, more forests will be restored around the country! Your voice of support for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) encouraged Congress to fully invest in this successful program for 2012.

You Spoke Up For the Farm Bill – And It Worked! Thank you!

Thanks in part to our members' efforts to speak up for nature with their representatives, the 2014 Farm Bill was one of the strongest ever for conservation and forestry. It provides farmers and ranchers with conservation tools that enable growers to do what they want to do—be good stewards of the land. 

The RESTORE Act Helps Recovery in the Gulf of Mexico

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, voters expressed strong support for making sure the fines by BP and other responsible parties would go directly into the Gulf region. We supported the RESTORE Act with the help of our members, and the fines are now being used to help rebuild and strengthen the environment and support economic recovery.​