The Nature Conservancy helps Florida municipal governments like Santa Rosa County bill taxpayers for $1.8 billion for over half a million acres in Florida. See the story at http://www.newsherald.com/headlines/article.display.php?id=931. This is a dream come true for local government officials whose ambitious career dreams of domination are bounded only the petty coffers of their community budgets.
There is absolutely no doubt that The Nature Conservancy is the "go to guy" when it comes to preparing grant applications for public funds to acquire land. They have made billions of dollars in these deals and have the very best political resources that money can buy.