Conservation Planning and Stewardship Program

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) science-based approach to conservation is central to our leadership role in Canada’s conservation community.

In the last year, our staff achieved a number of successes. Among these successes, in addition to business as usual, we:

  • Partnered with TD Bank to publish a report on the natural capital values of forest conservation.
  • Assembled and analyzed information on biodiversity and threats from across Canada to focus conservation priorities. This first-ever conservation assessment for southern Canada will be released in 2018.
  • Supported our partner NatureServe Canada on reporting on Canada’s globally rare species, and building capacity for Conservation Data Centres in Canada’s north.

Habitat conservation for Species at Risk

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 species assessed as at risk by COSEWIC.

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.

Number of COSEWIC-assessed* taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties

Taxa # of COSEWIC-assessed* taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties Total number of COSEWIC-assessed* taxa** % of COSEWIC-assessed* taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties
Amphibians 14 30 47
Birds 50 89 56
Clams, Snails & Other Molluscs 6 37 16
Fishes (fresh water) 10 97 10
Insects & Spiders 11 63 17
Lichens 5 21 24
Mammals (terrestrial) 21 44 48
Mosses 1 16 6
Reptiles 27 43 63
Vascular Plants 50 195 26
Total (average) 195 635 31

* Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada; 151 of these species are listed under the Species at Risk Act
** species, sub species, populations. Status of taxa can be endangered, threatened or special concern.

Note: In 2017, NCC changed its methodology for calculating the SAR metric to be the number of COSEWIC-assessed/SAR-listed taxa (excluding marine mammals and marine fishes) that occur on NCC-owned properties.

Regional Presentations and Research Projects

Number of scientific presentations given by NCC staff or board members 43
Number of research projects by NCC staff or board members 53
Number of research partnerships on NCC properties 161