The Nature Conservancy was started in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951 and the Connecticut Chapter was co-founded in 1954 by Dr. Richard H. Goodwin and Dr. William A. Niering. The chapter’s goals have been to identify critical lands, protect them, and steward them for the future.
At one time the chapter held over 18,000 acres across 70 different properties. Though many have been transferred to states, towns, and land trusts. The Connecticut chapter has about 12,000 members.