Nature Conservancy of the Dakotas Records, 1988-2000
Primary Creator: Nature Conservancy of the Dakotas
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Arrangement: The folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1998. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Organizational Records
In 1946, a group of scientists formed the Ecologist Union in order to preserve endangered ecological areas. Four years later, the organization changed its name to the Nature Conversancy and on October 22, 1951, the group was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the District of Columbia. In 1955, the organization purchased 60 acres of land in the state of New York, its first conservation holdings.
The Conservancy is now an international nonprofit organization with agencies in all 50 states and in 27 countries and protects over 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river around the world. In the Dakotas, the Conservancy protects nearly 100,000 acres of land in twelve different locations, the largest being the Cheyenne River Canyons located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The largest land area in North Dakota is the Davis Ranch where the Conservancy is using grazing patterns of the bison for domestic cattle.
The Nature Conservancy is one of the top 15 charitable institutions in the nation with over one million members and supporters. Its 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. The organization determines areas that need protection by using a scientific based approach called Conservation by Design. This approach uses strategies to improve priority conservation sites by addressing five initiatives: marine and freshwater conservation, global warming, fire, and invasive species.
Accruals: Additional materials were donated by Frank D'Andraia on May 6, 1999 (Acc.99-2294), October 18, 1999 (Acc.99-2403), October 26, 1999 (Acc.99-2404), (Acc.99-2405) and on July 3, 2002 (Acc.2002-2566).
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Frank D'Andraia, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.#99-2272
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Nature Conservancy of the Dakotas Records. OGLMC 1382, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in May 2014.
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