Web funds land buy – Helps save prairie

The Nature Conservancy has purchased 27,000 acres of prairie land in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to a $5 million gift from the Internet community, the Associated Press reported Oct. 12.

The conservancy paid $11.7 million to buy Camp Creek Ranch, home to one of the largest populations in the U.S. of nesting birds of prey. The group for  20 years had been unable to raise the money for the purchase.

Recently, the Nature Conservancy has been recruiting board members from the tech industry.

When the ranch came up for sale, the organization turned to Mike Burmeister-Brown, a Yahoo! engineer and president of

Second Nature Software, which donates its profits to the conservancy.

Burmeister-Brown appealed to Glen Boyd and Eli Shapira, founders of WebTrends, a company that makes software to track online traffic, and the $5 million was secured.

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