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Planting seedlings in Brazil, South America.
Photo © John Maier
One dollar plants one tree in Brazil's Atlantic Forest and will directly help the Conservancy's work to protect and restore this natural treasure.

TD Bank Helps Protect Our Forests
Protecting Water for People and Nature
As part of the TD Forests program, over the course of five years beginning in October 2012, The Nature Conservancy will secure the forestland on which over 250,000 trees grow.

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August 7, 2013
Volume 13, Issue 8


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 Check out the New Nature Rocks
Children enjoy a beautiful afternoon on a farm in Lithonia, Georgia.
Photo © Erika Nortemann/TNC
Check Out the New Nature Rocks
Nature Rocks is new and better than ever. With a delightful blog, simple and creative family-focused outdoor activities, and a tool to find nature locations in your area, Nature Rocks will help you discover new ways to get outside and have fun in nature with your family.

 Natural Light: Endless Grasslands
Estancia Monte Dinero and the Atlantic Ocean, Rio Gallegos, Argentina.
Photo © Nick Hall
Natural Light: Endless Grasslands
Open and endless, our planet's grasslands and prairie ecosystems provide the perfect backdrop for photographers near and far. Explore some of nature’s most picturesque grasslands.

 Catching Fire
Mary Lata, a Forest Service fire ecologist, monitors a prescribed fire in Arizona.
Photo © Chris Chrisman
Catching Fire
Loggers and conservationists are now working together, scrambling to restore Arizona's overgrown forests before tinderbox conditions spark the next megafire. Watch a video and meet a homeowner who believes his home was saved by forest thinning, and hear photographer Chris Crisman describe what it was like to shoot amidst the flames.

 How Fire Can Restore a Forest
Time lapse camera during the controlled burn.
Photo © Rich Reid for TNC
How Fire Can Restore a Forest
The assignment: photograph a controlled burn at Georgia’s Moody Forest Natural Area using time-lapse photography and document the amazing forest regrowth after the burn. Will photographer Rich Reid’s equipment survive the elements?

 Protecting the Protector
Caribbean Reef Sharks near Nassau, The Bahamas.
Photo © Kemit-Amon Lewis
Protecting the Protector
Did you know the healthiest marine ecosystems are rich in top predators like sharks? Without sharks, marine ecosystems will change, threatening both livelihoods and the natural environment. Instead of fearing sharks, it’s time to start fearing a world without them.

 Dialogues on the Environment
Photos courtesy of Edward Norton and Sir Richard Branson
Dialogues on the Environment
What is working well with the environmental movement? What could be improved? And what challenges and opportunities lie ahead? Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek poses these questions to Edward Norton, Sir Richard Branson and other conservationists and thought leaders to get their insights.

 Ask the Conservationist
Storm in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Photo © Jorge Rodriguez/Flickr via a Creative Commons license
Ask the Conservationist: Could Nature Protect Us From… Nature?
Katrina, Sandy, Andrew. Iconic names and indelible examples of how nature can destroy. But could nature — including sand dunes, coral reefs and other coastal natural habitats — actually help reduce our risk from… nature?

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

“Cheat River Canyon is a truly wild and wonderful piece of our natural world.”

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The Cheat River, Cheat River Canyon, West Virginia
Photo © Kent Mason

Go Green Go Green
Explore eco-tips from Nature Conservancy staff and leading environment bloggers on how to make personal, science-based choices to help save the planet. Get more tips at our Everyday Environmentalist web page.
Go Green on Campus
Five ways college students can show their support for the environment on campus.
How to Fight Invasive Species
Learn how to give unwanted invaders the one-two punch.
Embrace Public Transportation
Buses, trains, carpools — find a way to cut down on costs and pollution!
Photo Credits (from top): Photo © taberandrew/Flickr via a Creative Commons license (Green campus); © Dave Bly/TNC (Vinca flowers, an invasive species); © JLaw45/Flickr (Metro bus).
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