The Nature Conservancy has just made it easier their “Adopt-an-Acre” program, with updating its mapping tool as the result of a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant.
Adopt-an-Acre, one of the solutions for widespread habitat loss is to acquire large plots of land for conservation.
“Since the Adopt an Acre program began in 1991, more than 30,000 people, schools and organizations have raised $22 million to protect 600,000 acres from vital landscapes across North America and The Bahamas to the woodlands of Australia and some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. But there is much more work to be done.”
There are two featured areas that allow you to adopt a specific acre, the Nash Prairie Preserve in Texas and the Warm Springs Mountain Preserve in Virginia.
“Simply fly to ground level on the embedded Google Map and choose your acre. You can also select your plot through Google Earth by clicking on the “View in Google Earth” link. This map enables any interested individual to make a pledge and help restore an acre of land to its pristine state,” explains Google.
You can adopt an acre in the name of a loved one or as a gift to someone else. “Their name will appear on the map alongside others who have entered their names in support of preserving our wild America,” the Google Lat-long team said.