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In the face of this administration’s environmental cutbacks and weakening of regulations that would guard our waters and public lands, it may seem that conservation is a losing battle. But there are bright spots in the landscape of environmental activism. The Nature Conservancy, for one, has not slowed down in its mission to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. In 2002, the 50-year-old nonprofit organization acquired 321,530 acres of land and played a key role in helping other conservation organizations acquire another 262,992 acres.

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