At one point or another, many in the conservation community come across the following quote by Nelson Henderson:


“The true meaning of life is to plant trees,

under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”


Over the past year, we celebrated successes resulting from seeds planted by The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Chapter’s founders 40 years ago—building a system of permanently protected nature preserves, restoring wildlife habitat around the state and connecting Kentuckians with their natural heritage. Each and every one of the accomplishments highlighted in the following pages rests on the foundation built by the hard work and vision of staff, trustees, partners and supporters like you.


Now it is time for us to lay the groundwork for four more decades of conserving the breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife characterizing our Kentucky home. Looking ahead, the Kentucky Chapter has a new strategic plan that provides a blueprint for future success. We boast a bright and dedicated staff with members who wake up every day thinking about new ways to protect nature in Kentucky. Committed trustees and enduring partnerships make it possible to implement their creative ideas.


Thanks to your support, the Conservancy is well-positioned to pursue ground-breaking projects and provide leadership that will benefit Kentucky and places beyond our borders. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it and hope you will remain engaged and supportive as well.


Thank you for helping build a Kentucky where people and nature thrive together.


Kris Sirchio, Board Chair


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