Bob Bendick

Bob Bendick

Bob Bendick is the Director of U.S. Government Relations of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to taking his current position, he was Vice-President and Managing Director of the ten-state Southern U.S. Region of the Conservancy. He has been with The Nature Conservancy since 1995, first as Florida Chapter Director and, then, also as director of previous southeastern U.S. groups of state chapters.

Before coming to the Conservancy, he was Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1990-1995) and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (1982-1990). From 1992-1994 he chaired the Northern Forest Lands Council established by Congress to make recommendations on the future of forest lands across northern New York and New England. He has a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Bob's Posts

Carol Baudler’s Legacy

May 8th, 2012

As we bid farewell to Carol Baudler, Director of the Conservancy's Conservation Campaigns, we look back at Carol’s achievements and her approach to getting things done — for both the Conservancy and for our country. More


December 23rd, 2011

Americans are increasingly separated from the natural world, but recent events on Capitol Hill present evidence that we're not disconnected from nature. More

How to Get Things Done in Washington Today

December 7th, 2011

While the Super Committee failed to agree on a plan to reduce the nation's budget deficit, Bob Bendick found proof that government can still produce results that serve the broad interests of the American people. More

The Budget Control Process and America’s Environment

November 3rd, 2011

This past year of budget cutting has revealed that America’s natural resource funding is a target for deep cuts. Will these programs be cut even more in the Budget Control Act process? More


October 17th, 2011

On the night of The Nature Conservancy's 60th anniversary event, Bob Bendick finds many reminders why the lasting work of conservation is so vital. More

Defending Conservation in the Federal Budget

July 19th, 2011

Conservation in America is facing a major crisis which has forced the Conservancy to take unprecedented action. Bob Bendick explains what we've done and why. More

Two Floods

May 24th, 2011

Bob Bendick looks at massive damage in Colombia and the U.S. and wonders why only the developing nation is using science-based risk analysis to prepare for the next flood. More

Spring on the National Mall

April 21st, 2011

In honor of Earth Day, our director of U.S. government relations urges you to enjoy the great outdoors and remind Congress of conservation’s important role in America’s history. More

Putting Up Firewood for Next Winter

March 23rd, 2011

Director of U.S. Government Relations Bob Bendick wants to know why Congress hasn’t heard that Americans still care about conservation. Your voice can make a difference. More

The 2011 Budget Could Jeopardize Our Environmental Commitment to Our Children

March 2nd, 2011

See why our director of U.S. Government Relations says if we don't act now we could be returning to the days of Love Canal and the Dust Bowl. More

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