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