Who We Are

The Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 35 countries and all 50 states. Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. As an important part of The Nature Conservancy, the Kentucky Chapter has a long and proud history of conservation successes across the Bluegrass State. We have directly protected nearly 50,000 acres of priority natural lands and have assisted in the conservation of another 100,000 acres. We have made lasting conservation impacts on the ground across Kentucky, including the Green River, the Central Appalachian Mountains, the Rockcastle River, Western Kentucky’s Big Rivers Corridor and Obion Creek/Bayou du Chien, and the Kentucky River Palisades. We currently have 14 full time staff and a 16-member volunteer Board of Trustees.

We advance our mission by working in three fundamental ways:
Protect: We protect and restore lands and waters at an unprecedented scale.
Transform: We transform the way businesses, governments, and communities value and use nature.
Inspire: We inspire leaders and empower new ambassadors for conservation.

Kentucky is our home, and nature is essential to our lives. Like in so many places across the globe, nature faces enormous threats in the Commonwealth. We are driven to address those threats to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for nature and people in Kentucky. We are proud of our past but recognize that we must grow and strengthen as a chapter to deliver the results we seek and the future our state deserves.