The Nature Conservancy, Maryland/DC Field Office

 The Mission of The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Our Approach

We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places—landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term.

In other words, Conservation by Design allows us to achieve meaningful, lasting conservation results.

Worldwide, there will be thousands of these precious places. Taken together, they form something extraordinary: a vision of conservation success and a roadmap for getting there—the Conservation Blueprint. Simply put, by protecting and managing these Last Great Places over the long term, we can secure the future of the natural world.

Nearly 20 million people are projected to live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by 2020. With the pressures from this growing population, can we still conserve natural diversity in our nation’s largest estuary?

Contact The Nature Conservancy, Maryland/DC Field Office

Nat Williams
State Director
5410 Grosvenor Ln.
Ste 100
Bethesda, Maryland  20814-2144
Phone: (301) 897-8570
Fax: (301) 897-0858


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • DC
  • Maryland

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