Published on Fri, 10/07/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Give Thanks for Canada’s Nature

Give Thanks for Canada’s Nature  
By John Lounds

As the days get shorter and the leaves change colour, Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, such as friends, family, and the way nature enriches our lives.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is grateful for the support received from individuals and groups across the country to protect habitats and wildlife, including species at risk. 

In doing so, we also save our unique natural heritage forever, for today, for our children and grand-children. Thank you so much for your support for land conservation.

A science driven, non-advocacy organization, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped conserve over 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant wetlands, grasslands, forest land and coastal areas.  This has been accomplished through purchases, donations and conservation agreements with willing land owners and working with partners.   

You or your friends may have been to some of NCC’s conservation areas to generously volunteer and help plant trees, build boardwalks and footpaths, count birds or remove invasive species. 

Others may have visited and enjoyed our sites to walk, hike, view wildlife, take photos, kayak, go geocaching or simply recharge, and spend quiet time in the woods, on our beaches and in nature.

Scientific studies have proven that nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has played a crucial role preserving special places by developing conservation plans for many natural areas in each province, identifying the priority lands that need to be conserved and then raising the money to acquire the land.

We are thankful to the Government of Canada and its Natural Areas Conservation Program, which has helped NCC accelerate the pace of private land conservation. This program, to date has conserved over 1 million acres (418,000 hectares) across the country, habitat for 181 Species at Risk.

We are grateful to the donors who have contributed the matching funds that helped us leverage the federal dollars.  Without their support so many conservation opportunities would be lost to development. 

With charitable contributions from you, NCC will ensure these natural areas will be safeguarded for years to come.

We wish Canadians a terrific thanksgiving and encourage you to take advantage of the scenery this time of year and enjoy nature’s bounty.


Enjoying nature in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by HSBC Bank) 

For more information on NCC’s work and to find out how you can support our efforts, please contact us at 1-800-465-0029. You may also e-mail us at media@natureconservancy.ca, check our website (natureconservancy.ca), or find us on Facebook and Twitter @NCC_CNC and @NCC_CNCMedia.

(John Lounds is President and CEO with the Nature Conservancy of Canada)

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Media contact:

Andrew Holland
National Media Relations Director
(506) 260-0469
Andrew.holland@natureconservancy.ca

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