Subject: Great Places: Resolve to Explore Our World

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy

June 2005

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Dear Conservationist,

Welcome to the January issue of Great Places, the e-mail newsletter of The Nature Conservancy. This year, resolve to learn more about the natural world around you. Discover what makes the last great places on Earth so unique and worth saving. One of these places is Indonesia, the site of much tragedy recently. Most of The Nature Conservancy's work in Indonesia lies east of Sumatra  -- the island hit hardest by the tsunami -- and our projects, staff and partners were largely spared the brunt of last month's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. This issue includes a very hopeful story about our work in Borneo, an area of the country which was unaffected by the disaster. We have worked in partnership with the people of Indonesia for more than ten years and our hearts go out to them. Donations for the victims of the tsunami are being accepted by a number of organizations, including the Red Cross, UNICEF and CARE.

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Protecting California's Waters

Richard Hermann

Protecting California's Waters
A collaborative plan by The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense and commercial fisherment to establish no-trawl zones in more than 3.8 million acres of ocean off Central California's coast was recently adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. These no-trawl zones will protect valuable habitat, including rocky reefs, offshore banks, underwater canyons, seamounts and coral gardens that harbor a spectacular diversity of ocean life.

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy 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. As we pursue this mission, we are guided by a set of values including integrity beyond approach and a commitment to people.
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With the support of people like you, The Nature Conservancy has been able to protect some of the last great places on Earth. Help continue this work by donating online.

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Resolve to Explore Our World
                                                                    Mark Godfrey

Resolve to Explore Our World
This year, resolve to learn more about the natural world around us. Did you know that China contains 10% of the world’s total species? That Guatemala is home to almost 734 species of orchids - 200 of which aren't found anywhere else? That you can find the world’s highest waterfall in Venezuela? Visit the Where We Work section of nature.org to discover the fascinating world around us and learn what the Conservancy is doing to protect it.
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Postcards from the Field - An Expedition to Borneo
Hidden deep in the jungles of Borneo are a series of uncharted limestone caves that shelter rare and unknown species. The Nature Conservancy launched a month-long biological expedition to the caves of East Kalimantan in Indonesia to discover and document these strange new creatures. Read the dramatic account of a Nature Conservancy staffer as she travels upriver into one of the most remote corners on Earth.
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Conservation by Design
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. How do we select which places to preserve? 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. Learn about the science behind these "great places" and our ambitious plans for the future.
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