This list is part of an ongoing feature showcasing New York’s diverse group of environmental organizations and their priorities for 2014. Check out Part 1 here.

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Top 5: The Nature Conservancy in NY

For more than 60 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. From China to Belize, California to Maine, they carry out this mission in all 50 states and 27 countries.

What you may not know is that The Nature Conservancy got its start right here in New York at the Mianus River Gorge! Today, they have protected hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, and are tackling serious issues like invasive species, coastal resilience, and shellfish restoration.

This year, they’ve got big plans, too. In 2014, The Nature Conservancy in New York will work to:

  1. Ensure that New York’s fresh water remains plentiful and pure, that our marine systems thrive, and that communities have the tools they need to manage these precious water resources wisely.
  2. Protect and restore the health, integrity and resiliency of New York’s most important lands and forests.
  3. Invent and implement innovative policy and best practices to make New York a place where all energy, infrastructure and community development works in concert with nature.
  4. Cause New York’s urban, suburban and rural areas to be more resilient by creating and promoting nature-based solutions to climate risks.
  5. Catalyze a larger and more diverse constituency for conservation in New York and elsewhere.

You can follow The Nature Conservancy in New York on their journey by checking out their website and following them on Facebook or Twitter.