American ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon is known for his historic efforts to draw birds in their natural habitats, but his impacts on conservation in the United States are far-reaching.
Maybe most powerful was Audubon’s understanding of his ability to effect the world his children and grandchildren would be born into. Audubon famously said, “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”
At Partnership for Conservation, we take Audubon’s words to heart each and every day. Each decision we make will shape the type of world we leave behind for our descendants. That’s why we’re advocating for conservation to be available to all Americans, whether they be families, individuals or groups of unrelated individuals.
With acres upon acres of American land lost each day to development, conservation is more important than ever. And, if our children and grandchildren are to experience the beautiful lands our nation has to offer, we must protect them in every way possible.
While the government plays an important role in conserving our nation’s most precious lands, the positive impacts of private conservation cannot be denied. The truth is that with 70 percent of land in this country controlled by private individuals, we need private land conservation solutions. The tax incentives that encourage conservation of these private lands are vital.
We recognize that the earth and its resources are merely a “loan” to current generations. As such, it is our responsibility to ensure that we pass to future generations a sustainable planet. Private conservation partnerships present an opportunity to conserve more land and ensure the world we leave behind is a beautiful one.
Let’s remember Audubon’s words and impact and use every conservation tool at our disposal, including conservation easements, to preserve our planet for generations to come.