The Morgan Duke Conservation Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to finding and protecting wild spaces from human-nature conflicts. These wild spaces, which can be beaches, forests, or parks, are threatened by pollution, habitat loss, vegetation trampling, and recreational misuse. Volunteers spearhead most of the Society’s efforts to combat human environmental impacts by:

  • Documenting and reporting on visible human impacts on the local environment

  • Collecting and removing trash

  • Planting tree seedlings to heal and repair undesignated trails

  • Educating people and businesses about how to hike and camp sustainably


Since 2006, President and Founder of the Morgan Duke Conservation Society, James Sullivan, has spent most summers in the Hudson River Recreation Area in the Adirondack Preserves. He watched the area change over time as the environmental impacts slowly built up and up and up. Sullivan’s love of visiting wild areas and his drive to keep them clean transformed the Society from a small, six-person operation into an organization that spans New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee and boasts more than 80 regular volunteers.

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Morgan Duke
Conservation Society