1,700 acres protected on the Patoka River

This land conservation project is related to the start of TNC’s $48 million project Human nature Campaign focused on the connection between people and nature, creating an Indiana where nature and people thrive. TNC has developed an aggressive, comprehensive statewide strategic conservation plan that emphasizes cleaner water, healthier soil, an increase in renewable energy and more recreational opportunities.

“Indiana has amazing natural diversity,” said Larry Clemens, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. “It has sandy beaches in the northwest of the state, deep glacial lakes and wetlands in the northeast, and rich oak-hickory forests, limestone cliffs, and massive cypress swamps in the south. But it’s under threat. Our growing need for food, water and energy is pushing nature to its limits.”

“The clock is ticking for nature in Indiana – the next decade is crucial,” said Clemens. “We are committed to achieving bold goals to change the course of Indiana and our planet.”

Donations from the Human:Nature campaign help TNC:

  • to protect another 40,000 acres of Indiana’s disappearing prairies, forests and wetlands for future generations;
  • Clean up waterways and build healthy, fertile soils by working with the agricultural sector from farm to fork;
  • Advance climate solutions by providing guidance on renewable energy sites that are compatible with nature, community needs and the economy; and
  • inspire at least a million more Hoosiers to connect with nature and act on its behalf.

TNC’s work affects everyone in Indiana, Clemens said. He noted that maintaining natural flood plains protects cities and communities from flooding, while keeping our forests healthy cleans our air.

“The Human nature The campaign is all about hope,” said Clemens. “Hope for a healthy and vibrant future—one in which Indiana’s forests, prairies, and wetlands are protected; Hoosiers are connected to the natural world; the food that nourishes us is grown more sustainably; and our climate is stabilizing.”

Clemens said so Human nature Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of TNC in Indiana. TNC employees have been working behind the scenes on the five-year campaign for the past two years and have already raised $34 million (70 percent) of the $48 million goal. More than 65 percent of the donations so far have come from private individuals and foundations.

To give to the Human nature campaign, visit The Nature of Conservancy of Indiana website or call 317-951-8818.