The foundation provides assistance to nature and land conservation organizations which are community based, and which serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues. The foundation makes grants under the following priorities: 1) project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to conservation lands, rivers, coastlines, and other natural resources; 2) land acquisition for conservation; 3) assistance in the establishment of endowments as a means of funding stewardship of conservation areas; and 4) related education programs and publications. The foundation encourages proposals from municipal government agencies. It may also consider short-term loans to conservation groups for the purpose of acquiring conservation lands. Outside of the primary mission, it will also consider grant requests from other nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated local impact on precollegiate education.