There are many approaches to conservation. One of the simplest and most effective is simply to buy up land over time and then keep it protected from future development. This modus operandi has turned the Nature Conservancy into one of the biggest and most trusted conservation NGOs worldwide, with 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide under its care.
A recent notable milestone was reached in Montana, a big beautiful state, after 20 years of accumulating land for conservation. The Nature Conservancy has announced that it has reached 1 million acres protected there, which happens to be about 1 acre per resident of the state.
“This kind of conservation success doesn’t happen overnight," said the Conservancy’s state director Richard Jeo, “but we believe the partnerships and goodwill that we’ve forged have created the momentum that will get us to the next million! It’s also a pretty exciting way to end the year!”
The photo above: "Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park (US) is in the center background. The pro-glacial lake is due to massive retreat of the glacier in recent decades. Another smaller glacier known as the Salamander is in the lower right of the image. At one time in the past, these two glaciers were connected." The photo was taken by Phil Armitage.