Conservation Program

NCC’s science-based approach to conservation is central to our leadership role in Canada’s conservation community.


In the last year, our conservation staff achieved a number of successes.

In addition to business as usual, we:

  • Explored opportunities to extend NCC’s work to other jurisdictions based on our success in Labrador. Of particular interest is the Boreal Plains region, which spans northeastern British Columbia, northern Alberta, central Saskatchewan and the Interlake region of Manitoba.
  • Partnered with NatureServe Canada to increase our understanding of northern biodiversity by supporting the establishment of a Conservation Data Centre in Nunavut and improving conservation information in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and northern Manitoba.
  • Developed guidelines on how to implement both voluntary and regulatory biodiversity offsets, and shared this information with partners.
  • Worked with NatureServe Canada, NatureServe and provincial Conservation Data Centres to develop maps that show hotspots of biodiversity across Canada.
  • Completed a strategic study on how NCC can better engage in the conservation of freshwater biodiversity and support healthy communities.
  • Formally adopted the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation as our standard method for the development of conservation plans at natural area scale.
  • Delivered a training session on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to 25 staff members from Environment Canada and from various Quebec Government ministries.
  • Delivered 10 training sessions to more than 100 staff members across the organization on NCC’s new Natural Area Conservation Planning framework.
  • Developed new conservation plans for nine natural areas following our new planning framework.
Lauren Mead

Number of COSEWIC*-assessed species that occur on lands that NCC has helped to protect as of May 2015**

*Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
**includes direct securement, conservation agreements and funding contributions

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has directly protected habitat for more than one-quarter of Canada’s most imperilled plants and animals. For some groups of species, such as reptiles, amphibians, birds and terrestrial mammals, we have protected habitat for more than one-half of at-risk species. Future inventories on our properties are likely to discover additonal species from groups that are more difficult to identify. In additon to securing habitat, NCC also supports the conservation of species at risk through stewardship activities and participation on recovery teams.

  # of COSEWIC-assessed
species that occur on NCC lands
Total number of
COSEWIC-assessed species
% of COSEWIC-assessed
species that NCC has helped
to protect
Amphibians 15 27 56%
Insects & Spiders 10 61 16%
Birds 48 86 56%
Fishes (freshwater) 10 89 11%
Fishes (marine) 0 62 0%
Lichens 3 17 18%
Mammals (marine) 1 34 3%
Mammals (terrestrial) 21 40 53%
Clams, Snails & Other Molluscs 4 35 11%
Mosses 1 17 6%
Reptiles 30 45 67%
Vascular Plants 55 198 28%
Total 198 711 28%

Once a property is acquired, we do even more planning — we develop an inventory of the natural features and species on the property, as well as any threats to them. We then write a management plan to set out the steps we are going to take in order to protect the land we have conserved for the long-term.

Scientific Presentations and Research Projects

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Number of research projects (NCC) 14
Number of research partnerships 22
Number of external research projects on our properties 53
Number of Scientific Presentations 41