THE DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND - For the first time, audiences could see the plains, deserts, mountains,waterways, and forests of their planet not as mere background scenery for human activity but for what they really were: balanced ecosystems that supported a variety of unique and fascinating life-forms.Even Walt, who had always revered nature, found the experience ofproducing the films for the series eye-opening: The immediate needfor education and practice in using our natural resources of soil, forest, water, wildlife, and areas of inspirational beauty to the best advantage of all, for this generation and others to come, is . . .apparent to every observant citizen. My interest in these problems has been sharpened by our motion picture production of wildlife subjects and the relation of animal life to all the other conservation issues during the past few years.The True-Life Adventures series was often more entertaining thaneducational, but whatever its lasting value as documentary, its legacyfueled a mainstream appreciation of wildlife conservation and set many modern-day conservationists on their career paths. It was thissame power to reach a wide audience on an emotional level thateventually inspired the creation of Disneys Animal Kingdom themepark, Disneynature films, and the Disney Conservation Fund.opposite:Poster for Natures Half Acre, 1951.