The following 1991 quote is from Reed Noss, the Editor of Conservation
Biology and a personal hero of mine. I think it may interest you:
[Sharon Seidenstein] Do you have suggestions of groups that are working on
issues of biodiversity or that would have information on biodiversity if
people wanted to get involved?
[Reed Noss] "The group that is doing the most as far as identifying and
protecting key habitats is The Nature Conservancy. They're an apolitical
group, they're not an advocacy group per se, and so they're thought of by a
lot of people as very conservative and tied to industry and all, but in
fact they still do the best job of identifying and protecting habitat -- a
very important function.
"Now, as far as advocacy groups, it varies by region. A national group such
as The Audubon Society may be strong in one region, like it is in the
Northwest, for example, but very weak in another region, like the
Southeast, where I lived before I moved to Oregon. The Audubon Society was
very weak in Florida; it compromised on everything. Then I came to the
Northwest and the local groups here take a really strong stand.
"The Sierra Club has really slipped in recent years, although some local
groups are still strong. In general it's taken a very weak position in
terms of defending biological diversity, and it's been willing to cut deals
with politicians [or mountain bikers!] in back rooms and do a disservice to
the environment and to other environmental groups. But Audubon is becoming
pretty strong and the Wilderness Society and Natural Resources Defense
"Defenders of Wildlife, I should mention, to, is another group that's
pretty strong, in California as well. And then there's a lot of local
groups. Again, I would urge that people get involved with, and form their
own bioregional type group, keyed in on a particular region. That can be
Please tell me about similar organizations that you know about, that work to protect biodiversity. I would love to hear about them, and to add links to them on my links page (if they aren't already there J ).