A Weekly Profile of a Local Nonprofit Organization
The Nature Conservancy’s Central & Western New York chapter works to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people and is responsible for the protection and restoration of more than half of the Empire State.
With more than 1 million members nationally, the conservancy has built a record of success since its founding in 1951. It has protected more than 120 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide — and has operated more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
The local chapters programs include:
Safeguarding drinking water: Making sure rivers, streams and lakes, including the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes, provide clean water for nature and people.
Working with nature on Lake Ontario: Restoring wetlands and more natural flows to Lake Ontario for the benefit of our environment and economy.
Conserving critical lands: Protecting forests, wetlands, floodplains and other sensitive lands while ensuring sustainable land management.
Flood-smart communities: Helping “flood-smart communities” reduce risk by involving them in science and solutions.
Restoring native fish: Restoring native fish like brook trout and lake herring and rebuilding the Great Lakes’ native food web.
Promoting urban conservation: Launching new conservation initiatives in our leading cities.
Putting people back in nature: Stewarding 30,000 acres of nature preserves and using those lands to provide unique volunteer, intern and visitor experiences.
Jim Howe is director of The Nature Conservancy’s Central & Western New York Chapter, which has 18 staff members, 10 based in the Rochester office, which is at 1048 University Ave. Its web address is: nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/places-preserves/central-western-new-york.xml
Financial record Year ended June 30, 2016
Contributions $2,221,000 73
Grants and contracts 480,000 16
Investments 149,000 5
Other 193,000 6
Total revenue $3,043,000
Salaries and benefits $1,558,000 58
Contracted services 376,000 14
Supplies and equipment 82,000 3
Occupancy 96,000 4
Other and internal transfers 533,000 21
Total expenses $2,645,000
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $398,000
Board of directors
Susan Van Der Stricht, chairwoman
Brian Baird, co-vice chairman
Chuck Ruffing, co-vice chairman
William Jacques Jr., treasurer
Susan Suwinski, secretary
Sarah Mercier Hurlbut
Victoria Kennedy, emeritus
—Researched by Bill Alden
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