Talk:The Nature Conservancy

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NPOV concerns[edit]

This article is not NPOV. Someone should add a section on Criticisms of the Nature Conservancy. There was a series of articles in the Washington Post a couple of years back about certain concerns at the NC which would be a good starting point. If no one does this, I'll try to do it when I have time. Martinp 18:45, 1 February 2006 (UTC) (who is actually a NC supporter)

Took a first stab at this, wikified, and removed the NPOV tag. Improvements welcome. Martinp 20:33, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

I removed the inefficient section under criticisms due to the fact that they do recieve high marks from the BBB wise giving alliance as well as charitynavigator.com additionally according to both they use slightly more money percentage wise than the National Wildlife Federation but less than Defenders of Wildlife (unsigned comment)

User Wellspring removed the following statement: "The organization promotes commercial development of its holdings; some of these developments have resulted in the destruction of endangered species habitat[3] and violation of indigenous persons rights to live on their native lands.[4]" Wellspring stated reason was that the sources did not support the statement, which I find to not be true by reading the cited articles as well as other critical articles about the Conservancy from notable outlets such as the Washington Post. Therefore I undid his edit and placed the statement and sources within the lead of the article. Nnoell (talk) 05:43, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

The sections on Criticisms need sharpening and re-organizing. To start with, it is not helpful to give a detailed rebuttal of the Washington Post articles without first summarizing the key points in those articles. The NC typically has local branches with board members with vested interests who steer policy and practice in their own direction. While the NC's work is mostly valuable, it is a large, well-connected organization that operates secretively, and is at least as concerned about itself as about the environment, While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it needs far more independent analysis, criticism and comment (like this!) to do its job effectively. The Wikipedia article should be a step in this direction, not the advertisement it currently seems to be. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.47.61.206 (talk) 11:29, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

I agree with the last comment. My experience here on Long Island has been a cosy, and sometimes unhealthy, relation between the local NC and developers. For example, while the local NC listed one large parcel as a number one priority for protection, based on rare flora and fauna, one of the developers was a member of the LI Board, and successfully steered the NC away from vigorously opposing development (which has now happened). I'm sure this is just the tip of a very large iceberg. At the very least criticisms published in respected newspapers should be given greater prominence. Paulhummerman (talk) 00:45, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

The Washington Post covered an article in 2010 about the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York grossly overpaying for land bought from TNC "NY gave environmental org. absurd $3.7M profit for forest" I think this would add to the previous two comments from a slightly different angle. Articles "Conservation Easements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" by Dana Gatusso and "Taxpayers funding huge federal and green land-grab" by Dustin Hurst highlight similar problems with government conservation easements and conservancy land grabs.

Did anyone try to write about the Attwater Prairie Chickens? In 1995 Mobil Oil donated 2,263 acres of an oil field in Texas to be used for a Attwater Prairie Chicken refuge. There were less than 40 of these chickens remaining, half of which resided on the donated land. After TNC's acquisition, they proceeded to sink new gas wells to generate a source of income. This conservation effort failed miserably. The oil drilling operation delayed the release of the chickens, which made them vulnerable to raptor predation. Five of the birds died in their cages while awaiting release from flooding. [1] [2][3]

The "Too Close For Business" section should mention James E. Rogers being the Vice Chair. He became the Vice Chair shortly after retiring from Duke Energy as President and CEO. Duke Energy is among the top industrial polluters in the US. They hold the #1 spot for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, #52 Toxic Air Polluter, and #12 for Toxic Water Pollution. [4] [5] [6] [7] Yudhei (talk) 04:46, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

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Section appears to copy news item[edit]

This section was removed from the page because it appears to be copied from a news source:

:January 16, 2003

Nature Conservancy to sell donated woodland. Woodbury, NY – Katherine Stainton dedicated herself to keeping her town green.:She served for years on the parks commission and donated land for a town park. :When she died, two of her children gave their shares of her 178-acre estate to the Nature Conservancy.:The nature preservation group plans to sell the mostly wooded property to a developer. "We are selling it, and we have an offer that we have accepted," said John Dwelley, dispositions manager for the conservancy, which is based in Arlington, Va. Dwelley wouldn't reveal the sale price or identity of the expected buyer, except to say the buyer is well-known for his projects in Woodbury. :Sources confirmed the buyer is Wayne Corts, who's building the luxurious Greens of Woodbury, a 63-home development off Smith Clove Road. Corts didn't return calls for comment. Dwelley said the conservancy always planned to sell its portion of the Stainton property - which is off Dunderberg Road and near Monroe-Woodbury High School - since it harbors no rare plants or animals and has no special ecological significance. : There are several vacant homes and other buildings on the property. Part of the land was once farmed. : "It's not like it's a pristine piece of property," he said.
But the sale irks a neighbor of the estate and a board member of the Orange County Land Trust, a land-preservation group. He said the land should be preserved because Woodbury needs open space for passive recreation to balance the population growth in town. : And he feels the conservancy may have overlooked environmentally significant features of the property. Besides, he added, its selling land to a developer "just seems to run so counter to what they're about." : The Nature Conservancy viewed the estate as "trade land," useful mainly for the proceeds that could be raised by selling it. It often sells assets it's given - including land, houses and condominiums - to finance efforts to protect more significant property, Dwelley said. : Locally, the conservancy is working to protect the Shawangunk Ridge and the 60-mile-long Neversink River. Stainton, who died in 1994 at age 90, belonged to the wealthy Cornell family, which has deep roots in Central Valley. : She was a longtime member of the Woodbury Parks Commission. In 1970, she bought 100 acres around Earl Reservoir and donated it to the town, creating what is today a beloved town park. : After her death, two of her children, agreed to give their portions of the estate to the Nature Conservancy. A second daughter, had separate plans for her third of the land. In October 1998, the three heirs agreed in Orange County Surrogate Court to divide the land into three shares of equal worth, if not equal size. : In January 2000, the conservancy first went before the Woodbury Planning Board for approval to subdivide the land. But by the middle of last year, after 2½ years before the board, the conservancy gave up.: By then, the three heirs had agreed to sell the property without subdividing it. One heir would get a third of the proceeds, and the Nature Conservancy would take half of the remaining two thirds. The final portion would go to another, unspecified charity. In the end, the conservancy spent "several hundred thousands of dollars" on property taxes and fees for lawyers and engineers while seeking subdivision approval, Dwelley said. : Even so, the organization hopes to make some money from the deal in order to fund its preservation work. "We are optimistic," Dwelley said, "that there will be some left over." One of the heirs, said by phone that he and his sister knew the conservancy would sell their portions of the estate and he had no objection to a developer buying it. : "We gave it to the conservancy so they could sell it to whoever they wanted," he said. "It's old farmland. There's nothing very special about it." : A neighbor said Katherine Stainton's work in preserving open space in Woodbury only heightens the irony of a land-preservation group selling her property to a developer. "It's like a double or triple irony to me," he said. : The land was sold to the CARTERET GROUP in Pearl River, NY, is now the future home of Woodbury Junction a development of 450 homes 130 being senior housing starting around $300,000.00 each.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.99.77.157 (talk) 20:52, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

While removal of the section as written seems ok, it does illustrate a valid point that should be addressed in the main article: land donations are sometimes made in the hope that the land will remain open space, even though that land might be of low ecological significance. When the land would be useful to the surrounding densely developed community as natural open space, it does serve an ecological goal, even though it might not host important species: it can serve to enhance public appreciation of the natural world, and thereby encourage public support for conservation.24.44.92.155 (talk) 12:00, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

I agree. We had a somewhat similar experience with them here in Maine that really opened my eyes to what they are really all about. I'm glad to see that there is a criticism section for this article. If you can still find that article, would you have time to add a few words here? Gandydancer (talk) 15:59, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Historical timeline update[edit]

It would be good if someone would insert into this section when they launched their website on the internet. That's also part of the TNC's history.Zul32 (talk) 17:52, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Heroes bit[edit]

I've chopped the following short list. Seems to need some introductory material cited to the Conservancy or elsewhere regarding such heroes plus some criteria. The Petty article doesn't mention this hero bit. Vsmith (talk) 14:12, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

'==Nature Conservancy Heroes==

  • Ben Kennedy..Montana <ref>http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/opinion/22tue4.html?ref=opinion</ref><ref>http://www.queencitynews.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=10892&mode=flat&order=0&thold=0</ref>
  • Clarence Petty<ref>http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/science/earth/06petty.html?_r=1&hpw</ref><ref>http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/51186.html</ref>

"It is the discontent..." Huh?[edit]

In the "Hands off our Land" section, this sentence appears:

"It is the discontent that ranchers, outdoorsmen and other recreational enthusiasts question if the conservation of land, plants and animals restricts the ability for farmers to do so responsibly."

I added a "failed verification" tag because the cited source (full disclosure: I added the full URL for what appears to be the intended citation, based on the title, date, and domain name) doesn't say anything about that. But beyond that, I'm not sure I can even fully parse this sentence—I was going to rewrite for clarity, but I'm not sure what the intended meaning is here. Ideas? Chuck (talk) 11:01, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

I think that whole section needs some editing. I searched google for "hands off our land" and mostly found articles written about a different organization in the UK or some about the evils of government land use planning. Nothing I could find ties the Nature Conservancy with this other than obvious copies *from* wikipedia. dm (talk) 05:03, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

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About to delete paragraph on junk mail[edit]

I'm about to delete the paragraph on junk mail in the article. One aspect is that 41pounds.org has issues in terms of WP:RS (poor ratings from the BBB, customer service issues etc.). But even aside from that the page on 41pounds.org (available via waybackmachine for January 27, 2017) never mentions The Nature Conservancy or any particular organizations at all.

I haven't heard commentators like Naomi Klein (mentioned in the article) or others emphasizing junk mail that much, and so one might wonder about how much junk mail compares to other sources.

On Carbonfootprint.org there is a tab called Secondary with a field for Paper based products (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers) but there isn't any field for mailing costs. That cost can be higher for small businesses or companies, but generally isn't that large a percentage of a family budget.

There is a New York Times article from 2009 which speaks about the issue of junk mail saying that 51.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases are emitted each year from mail advertisements, yet on the other hand data from the EPA indicates that in 2009 total greenhouse gas emissions were 6,700.10 million metric tons.

Though for another take on it one can look at the original website and the original report where that 51.5 million figure is mentioned. They talk about the various ways that junk mail impacts the environment...Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 11:10, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

One way or another though Klein and others may feel that junk mail is nevertheless a symptom of problems in society.

Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 10:12, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

Okay, I just deleted that in this edit. Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 10:20, 18 June 2017 (UTC)