con·​ser·​van·​cy | \ kən-ˈsər-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce conservancy (audio) \
plural conservancies

Definition of conservancy

1 British : a board regulating fisheries and navigation in a river or port
b : an organization or area designated to conserve and protect natural resources

Examples of conservancy in a Sentence

The land was recently donated to a local conservancy. raising money for the conservancy of natural resources
Recent Examples on the Web But officials said the park’s conservancy has secured other equipment to keep the low-voltage fence charged and protect the goats that are clearing excess brush in a seven-acre area of the park. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 19 May 2022 The conservancy has been celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the park all year long and the day of free kites was the final event -- a callback to similar events that marked the park’s opening and its 10th anniversary. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 The tribe’s contract with the conservancy gave the nation rights over any intellectual property created. Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, 3 June 2022 Seneca Park, 3151 Pee Wee Reese Road, was the last park in Louisville designed by Olmsted's firm in 1928, according to the conservancy. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 10 May 2022 During the past decade, El Cajon alone has experienced 174 vegetation fires, according to the conservancy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 In 2018, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation pledged $50 million to the conservancy for the future Centennial Park. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 Additional funding also came from a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through Walmart's Acres for America Program, according to the conservancy. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 The Pioneertown preserve is free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset thanks to The Wildlands Conservancy, a nonprofit land conservancy that manages nearly two dozen preserves across the state. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conservancy

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conservancy

alteration of obsolete conservacy conservation, from Anglo-French conservacie, from Medieval Latin conservatia, from Latin conservare — see conserve entry 1

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“Conservancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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