The Nature Conservancy in Missouri
P.O. Box 440400
St. Louis MO 63144
Copyright Mike Case
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (314) 968-1105
Fax 314- 9683659
Mission Statement
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
The Nature Conservancy is working around the globe to address today's most pressing conservation challenges.  In Missouri, we unite people to conserve and restore forests, grasslands, rivers and streams so they can sustain healthy natural systems, healthy economies and healthy communities.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Adam McLane
Board Chair Ms. Beth Alm
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1951
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
For more information about how you can support conservation in Missouri and around the globe, please contact Mike Ryan, Associate Director of Philanthropy, at (314) 968-1105 (ext 1115) or
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
The Nature Conservancy is working around the globe to address today's most pressing conservation challenges.  In Missouri, we unite people to conserve and restore forests, grasslands, rivers and streams so they can sustain healthy natural systems, healthy economies and healthy communities.
Background Statement

Since our founding in 1951, the Conservancy has grown to more than one million members and built an impressive record of success. We work in all 50 states and more than 35 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. We have protected some 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

The Conservancy’s experience, size and reach position us to implement transformative solutions to global conservation challenges. Our science-driven approach to conservation is valued worldwide. Our ability to structure innovative financing options for large-scale conservation projects differentiates us from our partners. And we have garnered a reputation as a trusted advisor to governments, businesses, private landowners and local communities because of our non-confrontational, pragmatic style.

The Nature Conservancy in Missouri is one of the state's leading conservation organizations. Established more than 50 years ago, the Missouri program has an impressive history of success. We have protected almost 150,000 acres of Missouri's natural treasures, including the forests and rivers of the Missouri Ozarks and the vast expanse of grass in the Grand River Grasslands.

We owe our success in Missouri to a proven scientific approach, the support of committed members and donors, a skilled staff, and a host of impressive partner organizations.

Impact Statement

Recent Accomplishments:  

  • Freshwater: We launched a new Western Ozark Waters Initiative, with initial focus on conserving the Spring and Elk river basins. We completed two stream bank restoration projects on the Elk River in Southwest Missouri, and on LaBarque creek near St. Louis. A third project is planned for Kiefer Creek
  • Grasslands: We fenced in a new 1,000-acre bison unit at Dunn Ranch Prairie, creating 2 additional park-and-view areas for visitors and enabling us to better manage bison for conservation outcomes.  Prairie chicken and bison populations at Dunn Ranch Prairie are thriving, a testament in large part to the robust health of our restored grasslands. We acquired more than 200 acres adjacent to Dunn Ranch, which will be used as a sustainable grazing demonstration site.
  • Forests: We collaborated with public agency partners to provide much-needed workshops and technical assistance to help private landowners maintain healthy forests.
  • Statewide: After more than 30 years of development and field testing, The Nature Conservancy and the Institute for Botanical Training have published a Floristic Quality Assessment for Missouri. This tool ranks vegetation based on the quality and diversity of habitats, providing direct feedback for land managers on how well their management activities are working. 

Current Goals: 

  • Freshwater: We will continue ramping up work in the Meramec River basin, a biologically rich water source for the St. Louis region. Our focus is on collaborating with partners for stream bank restoration that reduces damaging erosion and demonstrates best conservation practices.
  • Grasslands: We will continue work to restore a fully-functioning native tallgrass system at Dunn Ranch Prairie, including re-introduction of additional bison and prairie chicken.
  • Forests: We will pursue opportunities with willing private landowners to bring an additional 20K acres of priority Current River forest into sustainable management by 2017. 
  • Statewide: Our project areas will enable an array of research projects that improve conservation practice and shed light on the biological world.  One example is research on the impacts of our prairie restoration on native pollinator populations.
Needs Statement
The Nature Conservancy works with partners to restore and protect lands and waters to sustain unique native wildlife as well as vibrant human communities and economies. To achieve conservation success in Missouri, we need financial resources to: 
  • Protect and restore natural systems. We must keep pace with pressing conservation challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities. We must continue restoration in priority areas like the Grand River Grasslands and Current and Meramec Rivers and help find solutions to complex issues facing the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Our successful restoration work helps protect other lands and waters by demonstrating to private landowners and public partners the effectiveness of practical conservation techniques.
  • Use nature sustainably. We must continue working with individuals, communities and agencies to expand the use of sustainable farming, ranching and forestry practices in Missouri. 
  • Expand the constituency for conservation. We must continue and expand our work to help new audiences connect with nature  and see how it supports their daily lives. Land and water management can bring tangible, lasting solutions to tough problems now facing nature and people.
Service Categories
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
[James G. Miller, Former Board Chair]

I am deeply proud to have served as a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s program in Missouri for many years. As the world’s largest conservation organization, the Conservancy has a huge, global vision and a long time-frame. I like that. We tackle tough conservation problems, save critical natural places and care about people. Many of the planet’s most important natural places are right here in Missouri and all of the Conservancy’s work to preserve our lands and waters benefits both nature and people.

During my time as a trustee, I’ve watched our work in Missouri grow and our collaborations with valued partners thrive. In the last few years, we’ve established a $4 million Conservation Buyer Fund to help bring sustainable forestry to the Ozarks and successfully reintroduced bison onto thousands of acres of restored native prairie at Dunn Ranch. These achievements were fueled by a deeply committed group of Missouri donors and trustees whose impressive passion and generosity carried our recent campaign to unprecedented success - $23 million in private funds raised for conservation.

Our work in Missouri helps native wildlife survive and local communities thrive. When Ozark streams run clear and prairies bloom radiantly, tourism thrives. When timber is harvested sustainably and cattle graze on native, warm season grasses, producers reap benefits from the land without jeopardizing its future health. That’s a win-win for today and tomorrow.

Our project sites provide powerful opportunities to reach and teach others. When private landowners attend a workshop on the benefits of prescribed fire in Ozark woodlands or when school children learn how bison help prairie wildflowers flourish at Dunn Ranch, we are shaping the future of conservation. 

I love to walk the lands or paddle the waters were we work because I always learn something. I am also always revived by the beauty of the natural world and inspired to fulfill my obligation to sustain it. Those of us now living face a great challenge - to pass along to our children and grandchildren a planet that is rich with the same natural heritage that was given to us. I invite you to take up that challenge.

Many of us on the board of trustees live in Kansas City. Others of us live in Springfield or St. Louis. We all look forward to opportunities to share our work and meet new friends. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be happy to share my insights as a trustee and learn more about your interest in conservation.

With kind regards,

Jim Miller

Weatherby Lake, Missouri

Temperate grasslands are the least protected, most endangered terrestrial habitat type on Earth. Among the most endangered of all temperate grassland types is tallgrass prairie. This prairie once covered more than a third of Missouri, but is today reduced to less than 1% of its original extent in the state. Tallgrass prairies support an amazing array of unique plants and animals. Currently, we are working in Missouri’s 70,000-acre Grand River Grasslands to restore the largest remnant of unplowed, deep-soil tallgrass prairie in the region as a demonstration site for restoration and management practices on working lands. This demonstration site, called Dunn Ranch Prairie, has become a regional flagship for tallgrass prairie research and conservation.
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Five Year Goals
Grand River Grasslands/Dunn Ranch
  • Dunn Ranch Prairie completely restored to native cover.
  • Wind energy mitigation plan developed and implemented with industry cooperation.
  • Landscape compliant with Partners in Flight habitat guidelines for land cover.
Long-Term Success
  • Restore functional, diverse tallgrass prairie habitat on core lands within the 70,000 acre Grand River Grasslands that are owned by the Conservancy and by project partners: Missouri Department of Conservation and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
  • Work with partners to develop and implement programs to secure management practices on private lands within the 70,000 acre Grand River Grassland that integrate conservation imperatives with on-going farming/ranching practices.
  • Use project to advance, test and demonstrate prairie restoration practices and technology; share knowledge across tallgrass biome.
Program Success Monitored By
All Conservancy work is guided by research and science-based strategies. Outcomes are assessed using quantitative measures of key indicators. Indicators are typically protected lands and waters and increased populations of key species. Project areas are adaptively managed; we adjust our conservation strategies to meet changing threats to ecosystems. Tallgrass conservation requires removal of fescue and woody growth, re-seeding with prairie grass, prescribed fire and species management. Key measures for MO tallgrass prairie conservation:
  1. Population demographics of critical grassland bird suite (includes Greater Prairie Chicken). 
  2. Extent of native grassland preserved within critical focus area.
  3. Floristic quality indicies of core prairie remnants. Contact our office for detailed statistics of our progress or to obtain a copy of Conservation by Design.
Examples of Program Success Grand River Grasslands: Land owned = 4,600+ acres. Conservation easements owned = over 444 acres. Established healthy population of prairie chickens. Bison reintroduced onto restored prairie, currently maintaining a thriving herd of more than 100.
Water is central to the survival of our species and our planet. Freshwater systems in Missouri are rich in unique species found
only here: there are 94 aquatic species found only in the Ozarks. They are also critical economic resources, providing significant public drinking water supplies and sustaining a vibrant fishery, tourism, and recreation industry upon which a significant portion of Missouri’s economy depends. The Conservancy’s freshwater priorities include the Current River in the Eastern Ozarks, the Elk and Spring rivers in the Western Ozarks, the Meramec River in the St. Louis region, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and Missouri's extensive underground karst and caves systems.
Category Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Five Year Goals: Statewide  
  • Unified, statewide freshwater conservation strategy guides all of the Nature Conservancy’s work in Missouri, including grassland and forest. 
Current River Watershed 
  • Secure 30,000 additional acres in permanent protection as private working forest easements.
  • Promote sustainable timber harvest through development of forest carbon sequestration projects and forest certification.
  • Work with partners to improve quality of public and private dirt and gravel roads in project areas.
  • Advance sustainable forestry practice through formalized partnership with forest products industry. 
Meramec River Watershed  
  • Continued work with public and private partners to implement recommendations of the 2012 Conservation Action Plan by helping private landowners adopt best land management practices on their property within the Meramec watershed.
Long-Term Success
The Missouri program’s long-term goal is to protect our critical watersheds and transform the way we manage them through planning, policy, and development issues impacting Missouri, working to ensure conservation appropriate water management and use planning. We aim to establish sustainable funding mechanisms, like water funds, that use payments for ecosystem services to ensure for long-term watershed-scale conservation, working across state boundaries to secure Ozark-wide success.
Program Success Monitored By
All Conservancy work is guided by research and science-based strategies.Outcomes are assessed using quantitative measures of key indicators. Indicators are typically protected lands and waters and increased populations of key species. Project areas are adaptively managed; we adjust our conservation strategies to meet changing threats to ecosystems. Ozarks conservation requires sustainable forestry, control of invasive species, and watershed protection. Key measures for Ozarks
  1. Water quality and hydrological characteristic of watershed and associated spring systems
  2. Population viability of critical aquatic species identified in Ozark Ecoregional plan (e.g.: Ozarks hellbender)
  3. Percent of native woody cover within the critical watershed. Contact our office for detailed statistics.
Examples of Program Success
Current River Watershed:  Land owned = 1,500 acres. 
Conservation easements owned = 7,330 acres. 
Total land conserved = over 75,000 acres.
Meramec River Watershed:  We worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation to implement the first private landowner remediation project, per Conservation Action Plan: new fencing and cattle crossing on a ranch in the watershed.

The Ozark highland forest is the last contiguous woodland system in the midcontinent and habitat for a large number of globally unique or rare species and natural communities. These woodlands are a critical migratory and breeding resource for North America’s birds. They also ensure healthy watersheds, serve as major carbon sinks, and sustain healthy recreation, tourism, and forest products economies. The Conservancy is now working to secure the forests that anchor priority watersheds in the Ozarks including the Meramec and Current Rivers.  We are currently working to bring sustainable forestry to the 100,000-acre Current River watershed to secure the long-term health of this iconic river and the wildlife and human communities that depend upon it.

Category Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Five Year Goals:
  • Secure an additional 30,000 acres in permanent protection as private working forest easements.
  • Best Management Practices manual for Missouri forest practices completed and required practice on public lands.
  • Formalized partnership with forest products industry.
  • Pilot forest carbon program initiated.
Long-Term Success

 Long-term success means ensuring an intact, un-fragmented woodland system in the Ozarks, while simultaneously ensuring a healthy and sustainably managed forest products economy in the region. This will include conservation and, in some cases, restoration of the full array of Ozark woodland types, including pinery landscapes. We aim to achieve this goal by securing core lands as demonstration sites the impact of which will be leveraged through collaboration with public partners. Private forest lands will be conserved through a combination of working forest conservation easements, outreach, and education. Partnership with the forest product industry will ensure conservation-appropriate production practices, increase professional forestry resources for private landowners, and ensure long-term product stream to support viable forest product industry.

Program Success Monitored By All Conservancy work is guided by research and all planning is guided "Conservation by Design," a system of conservation analysis which helps us establish the best possible locations for conservation. Outcomes are assessed using quantitative measures of key indicators. Indicators are typically protected lands and waters and increased populations of key species. Project areas are adaptively managed; we adjust our conservation strategies to meet changing threats to ecosystems. Contact our office for detailed statistics of our progress or to obtain a copy of Conservation by Design.
Examples of Program Success
We successfully established a $4 million Ozarks Conservation Buyer Fund that provides resources for land transactions and conservation easements on private lands. These easements allow landowners to protect the conservation value of their property while also benefiting from its economic value through sustainable timber harvest, recreation and other compatible use.  In 2011, we secured Missouri's Landowner Protection Act establishing a dramatically improved legal framework to clearly guide the use of conservation easements. The potential to scale up easement work in the future is now greatly expanded.
Description Successful conservation requires a global perspective that is aligned with local implementation. Our Missouri projects are priorities because they are of global significance. Likewise, successes on Missouri’s grasslands, freshwater and forests teach us how to address similar issues in Mongolia, Zambezi or Brazil. We work with partners and local communities in 72 countries to conserve critical lands, restore oceans, secure fresh water and reduce impacts from climate change by conserving and restoring natural systems, valuing the services nature provides (like clean air and water), and increasing awareness of human dependence on natural systems.
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served International, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Five Year Goals: 
  • Continue to develop trustee, staff and donor knowledge of global issues and secure funding for global work.
  • Ensure continued alignment of Missouri  freshwater, woodland, and grassland work with global conservation priorities.
  • Leverage the Conservancy's global outreach and marketing initiatives to broaden the Missouri constituency for international conservation.
Long-Term Success
 Long term success will mean that Earth's most important lands and waters are managed to meet the needs of nature and people.

Worldwide, the Conservancy is focusing on five critical global challenges:

    1. Protecting land and water
    2. Tackle climate change
    3. Provide food and water sustainability
    4. Build healthy cities
    5. Connect people and nature
These challenges will be addressed with a focus on three transformative global solutions:
  1. Protecting and restoring natural systems
  2. Valuing nature
  3. Broadening the constituency for conservation
Program Success Monitored By Key measures of global conservation success include the effective transfer of conservation strategies among programs and colleagues, the securing of resources to support international work, and the protection of land and water resources as measured in acres and river miles.
Examples of Program Success Missouri staff provided several years of training on prescribed burn techniques to colleagues in Central America, The Missouri program also funded a 22,000-acre conservation land purchase in Brazil. The Nature Conservancy  has protected over 119,000,000 acres across the globe and is working in 72 countries.
CEO Comments
[Adam McLane, Missouri State Director]
In Missouri, the biggest threats to our rivers and streams are sedimentation (soil introduced by eroding riverbanks, or human activity like construction, logging, or ranching), nutrient inputs (from agricultural, rural, and residential sources), and altered flow regimes (from dams or water withdraws). Critical threats to grasslands include conversion to crops or pasture grasses and encroachment by trees and invasive species. Critical threats to forest resources include conversion to pasture, inappropriate road construction, absence of effective fire management, damage from invasive exotic species, and inappropriate forestry practices.

To address these challenges, the Conservancy is protecting and restoring natural systems, helping people use nature sustainably, and broadening the constituency for conservation. We recognize the economic needs of private landowners and the value of services that nature provides to the larger community, like jobs, food, and fresh water. Our projects are large-scale and rely on a collaborative network of willing partners. We develop platform sites (such as Dunn Ranch Prairie) that concretely demonstrate the win-win scenarios possible for nature and for people when best land and water management practices are used (safe, strategic prescribed fire, sustainable timber harvest, conservation-friendly grazing, and road construction that buffers freshwater resources from damage).

In our vision of conservation success, Missouri’s rich Ozarks rivers run clean, clear and consistent. They are not brown with sediment nor do they run dry in the heat of summer. Intact floodplains prevent downstream damage from excessive flooding and ground waters are recharged to support underground natural systems and drinking water for communities. Lands and waters exist in a matrix of public and private ownership where stakeholders collaborate to implement best conservation practices that also support vibrant human communities.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Adam McLane
Term Start Mar 2015

As Missouri state director for The Nature Conservancy, Adam McLane heads a statewide team of scientists, conservation experts, and support staff whose work protects Missouri’s natural resources and some of our state’s most iconic landscapes.

Adam has been a leader throughout his career. He has well over a decade of management experience and has successfully led a variety of complex projects surrounding urban and conservation initiatives related to city planning, youth education, and community engagement and outreach.

Adam recently moved to Missouri from Indiana, where he worked as the Conservancy’s director of operations and strategic engagement. In that role he oversaw the financial, administrative, and marketing functions for the Indiana program, effectively broadening support for conservation throughout the state.

Prior to his employment with the Conservancy, Adam gained a tremendous amount of management experience in the private sector, developing exceptional skills in strategic planning, team building, and results-oriented leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

A native of Indiana, Adam resides in St. Louis and enjoys hunting, fly-fishing, and camping with his family. He is passionate about keeping Missouri’s natural wonders healthy today and for future generations.

Senior Staff
Title Director of Conservation

James brings a diverse set of skills and experiences, including five years as Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Lake Erie Coastal Strategy. This position focused on a comprehensive theory of change for the watershed, one which included engaging stakeholders in a shared whole-system conservation blueprint and broadening TNC’s base of support. Two key responsibilities in facilitating this work were leading staff in developing a strategic vision and communications plan while raising necessary operational and implementation funds.

Prior to TNC, James served as Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society in Indiana. Beyond the customary role of engagement with local, regional, and statewide organizations for on-site wildlife conservation strategies- James also coordinated the establishment of objectives for the Audubon’s Mississippi River Initiative and a regional conservation plan for the Upper Mississippi River basin.

Complementing these valuable experiences within two large, often complex, conservation organizations is James’ time invested in the field of environmental education. Early in his career, and then most recently after leaving TNC to enable a family move, James held positions focused on outreach, advocacy, and communications that inspire behavioral change. His current role as Sustainability Educator for the City of Columbia includes managing all outreach and reporting strategies for the CoMo Energy Challenge and partnering with broad stakeholders to move urban conservation programs forward- including urban   food systems, monarch butterfly habitat restoration, and K-6 energy education programs

Title Director of Philanthropy
Title Director of Operations
Paid Full-Time Staff 20
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 25
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
This list is not exhaustive.
American Bird Conservancy
Bat Conservation International
Big Springs RC&D
Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Conservation Research Institute
Ducks Unlimited
Eastern Ozarks Forestry Council
The Green Center
Iowa State University
Kansas City Wildlands
L-A-D Foundation
Magnificent Missouri
Max Planck Institute of Ornithology
Meramec River Tributary Alliance 
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri Department of Argriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources
Missouri Forest Products Association and Resources Advisory Council
Missouri Master Naturalists
Missouri Native Plant Society
Missouri Natural Areas Committee
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Missouri State University
National Geographic Society
National Park Service
National Wild Turkey Federation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
New York Botanical Garden
Northwest Missouri State University
The Open Space Council
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ozark Regional Land Trust
Pioneer Forest
Saint Louis University
The Saint Louis Zoo
Teaming with Wildlife
Truman State University
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife, and Forest Service
University of Kansas
University of Missouri - Columbia and St. Louis
Washington University
Water Matters 
Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

[Adam McLane, Missouri State Director] 

The magnitude of the conservation challenges we now face requires us to look at the big picture.  At The Nature Conservancy, we frame our conservation approach in terms of whole natural systems. We look for opportunities that will have a large-scale impact—a stream restoration that means progress for an entire watershed or a prairie restoration that secures a key piece of a migratory corridor.
Achieving whole-systems impact requires extensive and intensive collaboration, and that is one of our great challenges. I’m proud that the Conservancy has a track record of collaborative conservation success. Our work across Missouri is possible because of strong relationships we have developed with both public and private partners. Likewise, our new initiatives begin with partnership. Recently, we led creation of a conservation action plan for the Meramec River that integrated input from 35 stakeholders. This fall, we were lead coordinators for America’s Great Watershed Initiative, which convened over 187 leaders from business, academia, and government to address threats to the health of the Mississippi River. Currently, we are partnering with Magnificent Missouri and the Nine Network of Public Media to achieve greater collective impact across the state by uniting conservation groups for increased public awareness, a common conservation agenda, shared measures of progress, and mutually reinforcing activity.
The ambitious five-year conservation plan recently approved by our board focuses on securing the fresh water resources at places where we work. Missourians are already feeling the impact of pressures on freshwater supply caused by population growth and development. We have hired a new director of freshwater conservation who will forge the partnerships necessary to address this challenge at a whole-systems level and achieve lasting impact at a scale that makes a difference for nature and for people. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Beth Alm
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Beth Alm (Kansas City, MO)Owner, Ritchie Hill Bakery, Inc.
Mr. Rick Boeshaar
Ms. Claire Carstensen (St. Louis, MO)
Mrs. Debra Filla (Kansas City, MO)
Mr. Carl FreilingHose of Brokers Realty, Inc
Dr. Ruth Grant M.D.
Steve Mahfood
Mr. Steve McMillan (St. Louis, MO)President, S.W. McMillan Cabinetmakers and Construction Group
Mr. Nick Reding
Mr. Walter C. Reisinger Jr.
Mr. Fritz Riesmeyer (Kansas City, MO)
Jon M. Risdal
Michele M. Risdal-Barnes
Mr. Torbjorn (Turbo) SjogrenThe Boeing Company
Dr. Alan Templeton (St. Louis, MO) Ph.D.Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology & Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis
Ms. Jean Wagner
Ms. Wallis Warren (St. Louis, MO)
Mr. Van Wolbach
Ms. Nancy Ylvisaker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
Capital Campaign
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $3,765,766
Projected Expenses $3,921,702
Endowment Value $1,114,692,167
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 for national Nature Conservancy Headquarters.  
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$108,446,526$102,248,686$86,366,748
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$107,183,926$49,256,671$61,590,566
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events($701,611)$3,134,839$1,573,008
Revenue In-Kind$110,153,954$78,873,757$144,602,514
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$552,228,504$549,683,495$564,228,371
Administration Expense$156,315,146$150,897,502$142,254,032
Fundraising Expense$120,944,681$109,702,623$89,529,538
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.131.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%68%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,991,747,049$6,697,479,313$6,712,500,146
Current Assets$538,687,463$443,661,973$449,141,450
Long-Term Liabilities$577,616,319$599,911,964$600,683,779
Current Liabilities$192,370,466$182,325,600$187,847,456
Total Net Assets$6,221,760,264$5,915,241,749$5,923,968,911
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.802.432.39
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%9%9%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
[Adam McLane, Missouri State Director]
The Missouri program, headquarterd in St. Louis, is an independent operating unit of The Nature Conservancy with its own conservation programs, revenue sources, and budget. A more detailed "Missouri Budget Summary" may be found in the supplementary documents of this profile.
The IRS Forms 990 and Audited Financials information in this profile are for The Nature Conservancy's worldwide organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virgina. 
Financial soundness is paramount to The Nature Conservancy's ability to achieve enduring conservation throughout Missouri and the world. The Missouri program has a long history of financial soundness that is supported by a in-state staff person, a volunteer treasurer on the Boatd of Trustees, and the Conservancy's global legal and finance staff who provide guidelines and oversight for our investment and accounting practices. The Missouri program's conservation and philanthropy units undergo internal audit on a regular schedule and are held accountable to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures. The Nature Conservancy's core operational value of "Integrity Beyond Reproach" exemplifies the high standards we to which we hold ourselves all dimensions of our work.
Other Documents
Organization Name The Nature Conservancy in Missouri
Address P.O. Box 440400
St. Louis, MO 63144
Primary Phone (314) 968-1105
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Adam McLane
Board Chair Ms. Beth Alm
Year of Incorporation 1951