Nature Conservancy Announces Green Gifts for 2007

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New “Adopt an Acre” Site and “Rescue the Reef” Program Offer Meaningful Ways to Give a World of Good this Holiday Season

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2007 was a landmark year for conservation. Never before have we seen so much attention devoted to restoring and protecting natural resources and slowing the pace of global climate change

Looking to find a unique gift for the people you care about? Look no farther than The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre® and Rescue the Reef® programs: two timeless gifts that help preserve rainforests and coral reefs around the world.

“2007 was a landmark year for conservation. Never before have we seen so much attention devoted to restoring and protecting natural resources and slowing the pace of global climate change,” said Steve McCormick, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “Citizens are increasingly looking for ways to make a lasting difference, and the Adopt an Acre® and Rescue the Reef® programs are two tangible ways to help protect our environment for people and for nature.”

The recipient of an Adopt an Acre or Rescue the Reef gift of $50 or more will receive a personalized certificate commemorating your generosity, signature photographs of the rainforest or coral reef where your gift will help protect, a colorful car magnet, and a one-year subscription to the award-winning Nature Conservancy magazine.

The project featured for this year’s Adopt an Acre® program is the lush tropical forests of the remote Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. This region, which hosts the greatest tree species diversity in all of Central America, is alive with vibrant scarlet macaws, anteaters, jaguars, pumas, bats, and monkeys. Offshore, the deep blue waters host migrating humpback whales and sea turtles that nest on the Osa’s shores. Yet exploitation of natural resources such as illegal logging, poaching, and over-development pose a severe threat to the health of the Osa’s rainforests. The Nature Conservancy is working with local communities to strengthen the management of protected areas, create a 100,000-acre biological corridor for wildlife between two national parks, and to hire and train park staff to protect these vital natural resources.

The Conservancy's Rescue the Reef® program is working to protect coral reefs in tropical areas around the world. The planet’s precious coral reefs are home to 25 percent of all marine fish species and provide an estimated $375 billion per year in goods and services. Despite this, they are one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth, and scientists predict that at the current rate of destruction, we could lose 70 percent of the world’s coral reefs by the year 2050.

Whether you’re giving or receiving, Adopt an Acre® and Rescue the Reef® are unique gifts that last long after other presents are forgotten. The cost to Adopt an Acre is $50, and Rescue the Reef gifts begin at $25, and information about each of the programs, along with safe and secure online donation forms, can be found on the Conservancy’s Web site at Those wanting to donate to Adopt an Acre® or Rescue the Reef® can also call toll-free (800) 84-ADOPT.

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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

Cristina Mestre


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