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A healthy natural environment is crucial to healthy human communities, but natural land is scarce, threatened and, once lost, may be gone forever. We support long-term partnerships that bring together people from diverse backgrounds who value, nurture and protect the natural environment.
The foundation’s work is designed to advance the following strategies:
- Preserve, restore and protect strategic lands that contribute to the health of the regional ecosystem.
- Build and support constituencies that value and engage in land stewardship.
Because we encounter the efforts of many groups, we are able to recognize opportunities to connect people working towards a common goal. When these situations arise we can do more than make grants, so we organize our work into initiatives.
Descriptions of initiatives (below) are designed to inform you about how we work. You do not need to consider how a proposal fits into an initiative, but you should consider how your work advances one of the land conservation strategies above.
Land Conservation Initiatives
Calumet Land Conservation
The Calumet region straddles the Illinois-Indiana state line at the southern rim of Lake Michigan. Despite a legacy of intense industrial use, there remains a patchwork of rare, natural area gems. The challenge and opportunity is to protect and steward these resources as key components of revitalized communities.
Lowcountry Land Conservation Partnership
In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the land conservation community has a long history of partnerships that have resulted in the permanent preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of natural land. To build upon this success, with five other conservation organizations, we form a partnership to carry out focused, regional land protection projects that no single organization could successfully engage in alone.
Local Food Production
More local production of fresh food offers opportunities to conserve farmland and encourage environmentally sustainable land uses. We are working to cultivate partnerships that build thriving food systems local to the communities in our two regions.
Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
The long-term health of natural areas depends on encouraging talented young people to take conservation as a career track or lifelong avocation. As the conservation field grows, we will need a diverse wellspring of skilled, passionate people to lead it. We seek to introduce young people to the great range of opportunities in the land conservation and restoration professions.