Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
How do we achieve this mission and vision?
That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.
During the past year, TNC-CT helped protect almost 500 acres in Connecticut and noted the following key achievements and goals within each conservation priority:
Long Island Sound supports rich diversity of life in salt marshes, seagrass meadows, natural shorelines and dune system, and seafloor habitats threatened by water quality degradation, over development, and sea level changes. The goals of the Conservancy’s Long Island Sound program are to protect and restore the Long Island Sound so that it supports healthy natural habitats, serves as a sustainable economic engine for Connecticut and New York and provides a safe, clean resource for human use. Its programs including preserving and restoring seascapes, preparing for climate change and adapting to sea level rise, developing an ocean plan to protect natural diversity and accommodate human use and partnering to achieve common conservation objectives.
One key success indicator will be the utilization of the Coastal Resilience Tool – Led by The Nature Conservancy, the Coastal Resilience Project partnership also involves the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Columbia University Earth Institute/NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Originally developed for Long Island in 2008, the Coastal Resilience Tool has since been expanded for Connecticut’s coastal communities on Long Island Sound and is being evaluated as a model for other global coastal communities. This web-based tool allows planners and decision-makers to explore different flooding scenarios from sea-level rise and storm surge, analyze the potential ecological, social and economic impacts, and make decisions and provide progressive solutions to address these issues today.
The Brazil program prompts groundbreaking partnerships to protect such unparalleled natural treasures as the Amazon tropical rainforests, the Caatinga arid scrublands, the Cerrado grasslands, the Atlantic Forest and the Pantanal wetlands. The goals of the Brazil program are to restore and protect the home of the world’s largest rainforest, the most biodiverse tropical savanna, the largest wetland and the most endangered tropical forest by partnering to conserve 140 million acres by 2015.
Its programs include ensuring sustainable agriculture, preserving freshwater supplies, protecting standing forests, adapting to climate change,managing native lands, and promoting conservation projects in collaboration with indigenous communities.
Frogard brings to the Connecticut Chapter a solid track record of conservation experience and success. Previously, she was the Director of Field Conservation for Eastern Colorado, where, working closely with private landowners and government agencies, she was responsible for putting together complex transactions to conserve large landscapes of ranchlands. She has also worked extensively with the Colorado Chapter’s Board of Trustees and major donors. Among the many recognitions of her work was her selection in The Nature Conservancy’s Class of 2010 Leadership Excellence Program. She recently returned from a special assignment to Arusha, Tanzania, where she mentored the Executive Director of the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust in developing a short-term and long-term strategic plan and shaping the board, which included a former president of Tanzania.
Frogard came to The Nature Conservancy in 2004 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, where she was the Director of Education and Volunteer Services. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany and a Masters’ Degree in Basic Science from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
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