The Southeast has more aquatic freshwater species (62% of the freshwater fishes and 75% of the freshwater mussels) than any region of the country. The Southeast also has the most aquatic diversity in the country: more than 70 major river basins, more miles of coastal shoreline (26,000 miles), the highest economic return on recreational fishing ($17 billion in total economic output), more licensed anglers, and the bulk of the country’s wetlands important to fisheries and other aquatic organisms (45% of the wetlands and 78% of its coastal marsh).
- Riparian Zones
- Water Quality
- Watershed Connectivity
- Hydrologic Conditions (Water Quantity)
- Sediment Flows
- Freshwater Physical Habitat
- Invasive Species
- Coastal Estuarine/Marine Habitats
Content Source: Southeastern Aquatic Resource Partnership
We support ranchers, farmers, foresters, and entrepreneurs who operate or use working lands sustainably. By doing so, we improve local economies, conserve landscapes, and maintain generations of tradition. Working lands represent one of the best hopes for conservation. America’s farms, ranches, and working forests yield food and timber, support local economies, safeguard clean water, and form some of our nation’s most beautiful landscapes. These places are too important to lose. But in many communities, rising property values are making it difficult for ranchers and farmers to pay taxes on their land or resist the pressure to sell to eager developers.
- Affordable Farmland
- Longleaf Pine Restoration
- Grasslands Restoration
- Working Lands for Wildlife
Content Source: Trust for Public Lands, The Conservation Fund, Audubon, American’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative, Longleaf Alliance, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative & National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
The Southeast encompasses rich and varied landscapes —shorelines and marshes, islands and bayous, rivers and farmland, gorges and mountains. These landscapes provide vital wildlife habitats, fertile farm country, extraordinary historic sites, unique cultural areas, biodiversity hot spots, and exceptional scenic beauty. But they’re going fast. The Southeast is the fastest-developing region in the United States. Over 170 land trusts are now active in the 12 states and two territories of the Southeast region, and they have nearly doubled the pace of land conservation since 2010.
- Mitigation Easements
- Donated Easements
- Donated Lands
Content Source: Land Trust Alliance