Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been working with communities, businesses and people to protect more than 98 million acres around the world. Their mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. By working closely with communities, businesses and people, they've protected more than 98 million acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide. Over 86% of all funds are used directly for conservation.
In June of 2001, The Shell Oil Company Foundation announced its $1 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy to help save the Laguna Madre ecosystem on the Gulf of Mexico. Provided over a four-year period, this contribution will be used to purchase land and fund conservation activities.