Published on Wed, 04/20/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Volunteering for a Better Tomorrow

Taking care of places and stewarding lands requires spending time in nature. Many Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties are supported and maintained with the help of Conservation Volunteers (CVs) in communities from coast to coast, who donate their time to help conserve and care for land so that others may enjoy it.

These heroes of conservation also help keep trails clear and repost signs. Take, for instance, the Creemore Nature Preserve in Ontario. Over the last few years, volunteers have rallied to restore the preserve’s stream and pond in Ontario, harvesting and planting dogwood and willow stakes along a naturalized stream bank channel. Bridges and trails in the forest were also built by volunteers and are maintained by them.

In New Brunswick, volunteers helped build boardwalks and put up trail signs in the Musquash Estuary. Volunteers also help to keep the Five Fathom Hole Trail in the estuary clean and free of debris. Similar conservation work is being done at Black Beach.

At NCC, we are grateful for the thousands of Canadians who join our conservation staff to help care for special places from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. NCC volunteers tackle invasive species, restore degraded habitats for species at risk, and take action to reduce wildlife and human- wildlife conflict and make fencing improvements to benefit wildlife. Volunteers also help monitor species, such as butterflies and migratory waterfowl, to help understand population trends both at home and abroad.

NCC’s scientific advisory committees and provincial and national board of directors are made up of volunteers. Volunteers help out with office administration and special event coordination, and act as ambassadors for NCC and conservation in general.

NCC has just launched the 2016 Conservation Volunteers season. Please visit the calendar of events and join NCC at an event in your hometown or across the country.