Nobody goes into land conservation expecting to keep their hands clean.

ACR staff and volunteers will tell you stewarding our preserves is dirty, sweaty and backbreaking work. But they’re not complaining.

It’s also very satisfying to tear out invasive plants, replant native flora and undo other man-made habitat damage.

These unglamorous but important jobs dovetail perfectly with our more far-reaching research efforts.

In other words, ACR’s success depends on a symbiotic relationship between habitat restoration and ecological research. Each supports the other.
We strive for ecologically healthy preserves so wildlife can flourish here. When the habitat is rich with food, water and shelter, it attracts egrets and the other animals we study.

That’s where projects such as our innovative egret and mountain lion GPS-tracking, annual bird counts and controlled burn leadership come in. We’re conducting and sharing original conservation science that resonates well beyond our preserves.

Of course, none of this happens without your support. We’re so grateful for your passion and action on behalf of our work and the future of our environment.

We hope you enjoy the current edition of Conservation in Action, ACR's biannual bulletin, covering the Ferguson Spring and McDonnell Creek restoration projects, among other stewardship work through our system of preserves.

—John Petersen, Executive Director