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NFC: Fw: Nature Conservancy Nature News, September 2000

NATURE CONSERVANCY Nature News for September 2000

Welcome to Nature News, our once a month peek into the 
state of the planet. Learn what lands, waters, plants 
and animals The Nature Conservancy is working to save
and where to find more information. For general information 
about The Nature Conservancy, please visit our Web site: 



1. 50th Anniversary Adventures
2. Parks-in-Peril
3. Add Water-Freshwater Initiative
4. Reef Relief
5. Fast Fact-Rain Forests 


1. 50th Anniversary Adventures

Sailing in Indonesia; re-tracing Charles Darwin's path in 
South America; hiking and rafting in the canyons of Arizona 
and Utah; exploring Florida's Everglades. These four trips 
are available in 2001 in honor of The Nature Conservancy's 
50th anniversary. Each adventure is designed to bring travelers 
closer to the Last Great Places The Nature Conservancy strives 
to protect.

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2. Parks-in-Peril

From Guatemalan highlands to Dominican Republic fisheries 
to the Andes, The Nature Conservancy and USAID have helped 
protect millions of acres throughout Latin America and the 
Caribbean. Since 1990, the Parks in Peril program has 
strengthened 37 parks and transformed what were "paper parks" 
into clearly demarcated, well-guarded and adequately funded 
reserves.  By bringing on-site local conservation management
to these critical areas, the program has helped in-country 
partners create fully functioning protected areas.

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3. Add Water -Freshwater Initiative

Rivers throughout the Americas, home to natural wonders and 
native plants and animals, are threatened by dams, agricultural 
practices, development, and invasive species. However, The 
Nature Conservancy's Freshwater Initiative delivers solutions
that meet both human demands and ecosystem needs for fresh and 
flowing water freshwater in the United States, Latin America, 
and the Caribbean. The Freshwater Initiative combines the best 
available science, with education and outreach programs. 

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4.  Reef Relief

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, provide 
barriers against erosion and are a resource for medical research. 
However, they are being damaged by over-fishing, boat anchors 
and pollution. Ten percent of reefs have been destroyed and 
twenty percent are in danger. The Conservancy's Rescue the 
Reef program provides funds to protect these vital marine 

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5. Fast Fact-Rain Forests

As the football season kicks off,  consider this: in the 
developing world, two football fields (200 yards) worth of 
rain forest vanish every second. Roughly 33 million acres of 
rain forest disappear each year. The race is on to protect 
the remaining rain forests, home to 70% of the world's plants 
that contain cancer fighting properties, and an important tool 
in reducing global warming.

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