Latest On The Conservation Gateway

A well-managed and operational Conservation Gateway is in our future! Marketing, Conservation, and Science have partnered on a plan to rebuild the Gateway into the organization’s enterprise content management system (AEM), with a planned launch of a minimal viable product for January of 2024. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, reach out to for more info!

Welcome to Conservation Gateway

The Gateway is for the conservation practitioner, scientist and decision-maker. Here we share the best and most up-to-date information we use to inform our work at The Nature Conservancy.

Key Findings From Recent National Opinion Research on “Ecosystem Services”

David Metz; Lori Weigel

The Democratic polling firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and the Republican polling firm of Public Opinion Strategies (POS) recently partnered to complete a national voter survey on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. The survey was designed to assess voter understanding of the concept of “ecosystem services” and support for applying it as a framework for making decisions about the use and management of natural resources. The survey results showed that voters already recognize the many critical benefits that nature provides to people. Nine out of ten label such benefits as at least “very important,” and place a particularly high priority on nature’s role in providing clean air and water; food; medicine; and safety from floods and hurricanes. In keeping with this belief, a majority of voters embraces calculating the benefits nature provides to people, and explicitly acknowledging it as part of decisions about how natural resources are managed and used.