The Nature Conservancy

Protecting Nature. Preserving Life.


The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.

Founded in 1951, the Conservancy is the world's leading conservation organization. They work to establish local groups that can protect land and water in order to help create a world where diversity of life thrives. Through their dedicated efforts to protect nature, The Conservancy has more than 600 scientists located in all 50 US states and in more than 35 countries, which allows them to make an impact both globally and locally.


Project Details

Name: Kentucky's Green River Watershed

Location: Central Kentucky, including the upper Green River watershed, major tributaries (Nolin, Rough, and Barren rivers and Pond Creek), wetlands complexes in the lower Green River, and Mammoth Cave National Park. 

Tell Me More: This river is one of Kentucky’s crucial waterways and gives life to more species of plants and animals than any other Ohio River tributary – especially in an unhindered 100-mile stretch that flows from the Green River Reservoir Dam and through Mammoth Cave National Park.

Partnership: “The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to partner with the Forecastle Foundation to advance awareness and understanding of our work,” says David Phemister, State Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Chapter. “The Foundation has demonstrated a keen interest in supporting conservation both here in Kentucky and around the globe. Their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring, and we welcome the chance to tell our story to a young, diverse audience eager to engage and take direct action to improve their neighborhoods, hometowns, and places much farther afield.”


Project Details

Name: Coral Triangle Initiative

Location: Asia-Pacific region, specifically in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

Tell Me More: Outside of Kentucky, the Conservancy works to protect the largest living structures on the planet – coral reefs.  The Coral Triangle project is just one of many initiatives which aims to conserve reef life. These reefs are among the greatest storehouses of biodiversity on Earth, and unfortunately one of the most threatened marine systems. Scientists estimate that without immediate action, up to 70 percent of coral reefs could be lost 2050.


Project Details 


Name: Central Appalachian Mountain Chain

Location: Eastern United States, specifically Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Tell Me More: The Appalachian mountain chain carves through the Eastern United States like a backbone. The heart of these celebrated highlands – the Central Appalachians – provide globally significant landscapes that are home to more than 200 rare plants and animals, ample recreation opportunities, safe drinking water for 22 million people and clean air for millions more. The Conservancy works to protect this unique, intact landscape that connects wildlife corridors extending through Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia,
West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.