Land Conservation

Nurturing a healthy planet begins with taking care of where we live. Protected areas and working lands — restored, and sustainably managed — are critical to both natural systems and humans. Stewarding our natural resources on which all life depends is imperative to our survival. Particularly in the face of climate change, land conservation is vital to protecting our water resources, addressing flooding, carbon storage, recreational opportunities, open space, and sound land use planning. All communities, including those of color, must be engaged in these critical conversations through equitable inclusion in the field.


We support efforts throughout the Chicago region with current emphasis on five priority landscapes: Calumet, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Grand Kankakee, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.


We support efforts throughout the Lowcountry, with an emphasis on five focus areas, which together span the entire coast: ACE Basin, Charleston Greenbelt, North Lowcountry, Sewee to Santee, and South Lowcountry.