Founded in Lander in 1989
How does The Nature Conservancy (TNC) serve Lander? The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Locally, TNC has protected the face of the Lander Front from subdivision developments through conservation agreements with local ranchers. The iconic landscape of Red Canyon Ranch south of Lander was purchased by TNC in 1993; it covers an estimated 52,000 acres and conserves crucial winter range for mule deer, elk, moose and pronghorn, and habitat for rare plants. TNC in Wyoming strives to provide the Lander community with opportunities to learn and experience nature. These opportunities help local citizens to understand the urgency of conserving our lands and waters.
How will your Challenge for Charities donation to TNC make a difference in Lander this year? Donations will be used to provide and expand educational and recreational opportunities at Red Canyon Ranch. Red Canyon has been a vital testing ground for best conservation practices and research. Funding will support trail improvements, interpretive signage and wildlife focused educational events for youth and adults so that Red Canyon ranch may continue its long tradition as a vital site for public education. For recent details on some changes at Red Canyon: http://bit.ly/1pyJUr0
How else can you help The Nature Conservancy? Lander community members are invited to join TNC by volunteering to participate in the annual butterfly count survey, other biological surveys, clean-up projects, and trail maintenance. Volunteer opportunities also exist to assist TNC staff with general office duties.
What else? In 2014, TNC celebrates its 25th anniversary as a Wyoming chapter. In that time, the Conservancy has helped protect one million acres and 1,500 miles of rivers and streams in the state through work with many partners on land protection, restoration and best management practices. TNC seeks shared solutions guided by science that benefit nature and Wyoming's way of life. The organization values our state's legacy of working landscapes and honors that heritage.
To find out more about The Nature Conservancy:
Challenge for Charities is a community fundraiser benefiting 35 nonprofits from May 1 - July 11, 2014.
The event also sponsors the July 4th Lander Half Marathon and 5 K run/walk and a 1-mile youth mad dash.
To donate to a charity or to register for the races: www.landercommunityfoundation.org