The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our work in Colorado focuses on land conservation, securing water for nature and people, and restoring our forests to protect water sources and help prevent catastrophic wildfires.

The Nature Conservancy has a 60-year history of conservation that gives us a successful track record of protecting important natural places for future generations. Thank you for supporting our work!

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Organizational Overview

The Nature Conservancy
2424 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

How do we achieve our mission?

-Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 500 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries.
-By combining the hands-on impact of a local nonprofit with a global reach to get things done at home and around the world.
-With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to businesses and other nonprofits.
-By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach to bring people together to find solutions.

That's how The Nature Conservancy has a 60 year history or conservation that gives us an unmatched track record of protecting important natural places.

Background Statement

How We Work
Our Science
We are committed to science. Science has deepended our understanding of nature and what is needed to conserve it. Our hundreds of staff scientists have poineered lasting conservation solutions.

Conservation by Design
For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy's work has been guided by a framework we call Conservation by Design - a systematic approach that determines where to work, what to conserve, what strategies we should use and how effective we have been.

Working with Indigenous People
A "Commitment to People, Communities and Cultures" is a central part of The Nature Conservancy's core values. We are committed to local, on the ground involvement; we treat our partners with fairness and honesty; and we work collaboratively to develop practical conservation solutions.

Pursuing Diversity
The Nature Conservancy has a strong and abiding commitment to diversity in its workforce and in the people and groups with which it works. We recognize the Conservancy's mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.

Working with Companies
For decades, The Nature Conservancy has recognized that the private sector has an important role to play in advancing our conservation mission. We are applying our science, reach, expertise in conservation planning, and on-the-ground experience to help businesses make better decisions, understand the value of nature, and protect it.

Impact Statement

Why We're Successful Achieving Our Mission

-Everything we do is rooted in science, aided by our hundreds of staff scientists.
-We pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic and innovative solutions to conservation challenges.
-We partner with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, academic institutions, and other non-profits. -We have the support of more than 1 million members enabling us to work at a scale that matters and implement solutions that endure. Find out how you can support our work.

Needs Statement

Our vision is to leave a sustainable world for future generations.

Our natural resources are at the heart of our quality of life in Colorado -- from the fresh water we drink and the clean air we breathe to our economic prosperity and wold-renowned recreational opportunities.

But the health of our lands, waters and forests are at risk. Colorado's population is expected to nearly double by 2050. Increased needs for food, water and energy will further strain Colorado's natural systems, which are already experiencing climate-induced changes, such as drought and extreme wildfires.

Building on decades of experience, The Nature Consrvancy is poised to address Colorado's biggest enveironmental challenges in ways that balance the needs of nature with those of people.

Executive Director Statement

Dear Friends,

Today's conservation movement is shaped by many factors-timing, funding and public policy to name a few. One critical key to success, however, is ensuring that people appreciate the vital role nature plays in their lives.

In our fast-paced world, it's easy to overlook the enduring interdependence we have with nature. We rely on nature for sustenance, prosperity, health and inspiration- and nature relies on us to sustain it over time. Conserving nature is essential to making lives better. This is not a new concept. Aldo Leopold once wrote, "Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." Leopold, the father of conservation biology, understood so many decades ago that conserving the natural world is necessary to ensure the healthy lives of people. Today, Leopold's words resonate with me loud and clear.

To learn more about how the Conservancy is protecting critical lands and water, please visit

It is through these efforts that the Conservancy will both protect Colorado's most significant natural treasures and demonstrate the importance of conservation to people of all backgrounds. The investments we make today will chart the future course for Colorado.

Board Chair/President Statement

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