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FALL 2022

60 TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Toward

a thriving

world

Building on our 60 years of excellence

to accelerate the pace of conservation


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CONTENTS

Nature Conservancy of Canada

4 Measuring your impact

A sample of what you’ve made possible.

6 Toward a thriving world

Celebrating 60 years of conservation, and looking

ahead to the next six decades.

10 Across the country

Conservation from coast to coast to coast.

12 Conservation partnerships

Some of NCC’s most successful projects have

been made thanks to government partnerships.

16 Walking together on the land

Lessons learned and perspectives gained

from Indigenous communities in becoming

better caretakers of the land.

18 Your natural legacy

The generosity of Canadians is building

a thriving world.

Digital extras

Check out our online magazine page with

additional content to supplement this issue,

at nccmagazine.ca.

Nature Conservancy of Canada

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solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale,

permanent land conservation. NCC is a registered charity. With nature, we build a thriving world.

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Thor Sveinbjornson,

conservation superhero

Dear Nature

Conservancy

of Canada,

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FERNANDO LESSA. HAWLII PICHETTE.

My favourite place to be in nature is

on the shoreline of a lake, like at

our cabin at Last Mountain Lake in

Saskatchewan. It is a really awesome place to

play and spend time in, and also an important

place for many different plants and animals.

Birds are one of my favourites. At the

lake, we see yellow warblers, pelicans, purple

martins, waxwings, orioles, gray catbirds and

hummingbirds. Every now and then I see a

common loon. I like identifying them by their

calls — western kingbirds have a very quick

and cheerful song. Chickadees and yellow

warblers sound an awful lot alike and can be

tricky! But when I don’t know what species

it is, I enjoy using a book or bird ID app to

figure it out.

It is important to protect nature because

it is what keeps people alive! If there wasn’t

nature, our own species would go extinct.

In Saskatchewan, grasslands are one of the

most important biomes* that we need to

protect. I am really happy that the Nature

Conservancy of Canada has been protecting

nature for 60 years. Sixty years from now,

I will be 69 years old, and when I am that

old, I hope our planet looks the same but

even healthier!

Spending time in nature makes me feel

peaceful. When I see the wonders of nature

it makes me happy and want to protect it.

So, if you want to help someone understand

that protecting nature is important, you just

need to let them see the wonders of it, too!

Thor Sveinbjornson, age 9

Spring Bay, Last Mountain Lake,

Saskatchewan

*Thor’s aunt, who transcribed this letter

for him, assures us he really does know

the word “biome” and came up with it on

his own in their conversation!

Featured

Contributors

Fernando Lessa is

a professional nature-image

maker based

in North Vancouver, BC,

best known for his

conservation and

ecology documentation

of marine and freshwater

ecosystems.

He photographed

various NCC staff

portraits throughout

the magazine.

Hawlii Pichette is a

Mushkego Cree (Treaty

9) urban mixed-blood

artist and illustrator. Her

work is deeply influenced

by her culture

and upbringing, and

reflects the beautiful

integral interconnections

of the natural

world. She illustrated

“Walking together on

the land,” page 16.

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Measuring

your

impact

Looking back at what we’ve accomplished

with your support, and casting ahead to

bigger and bolder goals in the next 60 years

Since the first Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

project at Cavan Swamp and Bog, Ontario, almost

60 years ago, you’ve helped us come a long way in

ensuring the future of precious landscapes across the country.

Thousands of Canadians and various funding partners from

coast to coast to coast pitched in to support the conservation

of the lands and waters that sustain us all. Working together

with communities and partners, we look forward to the next

60 years as we achieve bigger and bolder goals, at a faster

pace, in restoring and conserving the natural environment

that we collectively value. Because when nature thrives,

we all thrive.

Here’s a sample of what you’ve helped us accomplish to date:

LAKES

490K

hectares

Canada is a land of an estimated

two million lakes. Your support has

ensured the protection of nearly

490,000 hectares of lake area.

RIVERS

61K

kilometres

Rivers are important ecosystems that

drain the landscape and support

many different aquatic and terrestrial

species along the course of their

length. NCC has ongoing restoration

activities across the country to

improve the integrity of riparian

habitats — the transition zone

between river and dry land. Your

support has protected more than

61,000 kilometres of rivers.

FORESTS

1.2M hectares

NCC works in a variety of different forest

ecosystems across Canada, conserving

nearly 1.2 million hectares of forest to date,

thanks to your help. That’s more than twice

the size of Prince Edward Island.

BRIANNA ROYE. COSTAL PRODUCTIONS.

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DARK SKY PRESERVES

13 projects

Dark Sky Preserves are natural areas where the

dark night sky is protected by eliminating light

pollution. Many species are negatively affected by

light pollution and require darkness for the healthy

functioning of their behavioural and physiological

cycles. Your support has helped NCC conserve

13 projects in Dark Sky Preserves across the country.

UNESCO BIOSPHERE

RESERVES

498 projects

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are comprised of

natural ecosystems and working landscapes,

where communities work collaboratively to

balance development with the conservation

of natural resources. These reserves recognize

that community engagement at many levels

is needed for conservation success. Thanks to

your support, 498 projects are protected within

these reserves.

ETHAN MELEG. KYLE MARQUARDT.

WETLANDS

5.4 trillion

litres

Wetlands play a critical role in

absorbing and storing carbon.

They also remove sediments,

excess nutrients and even bacteria

from our drinking water. Like

a giant sponge, wetlands absorb

and hold water to buffer our cities

and farms from floods and

droughts. Your support has

conserved 390,000 hectares of

wetlands across Canada.

Together, these wetlands can

filter up to an estimated 5.4 trillion

litres of water, close to 2.1 million

Olympic-sized swimming pools.

RAMSAR SITES

97 projects

Designated by the Ramsar

Convention on Wetlands, Ramsar

sites are wetlands of international

importance. Your support has

helped NCC conserve 97 projects

within Ramsar sites.

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS

326 projects

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are areas of exceptional

importance for wildlife and biodiversity.

They are identified in all habitats in terrestrial,

freshwater and marine ecosystems. With your

support, 326 projects are conserved in or within

close proximity to a KBA.

GRASSLANDS

113K hectares

Native grasslands are the unsung heroes of carbon

storage through their extensive root systems.

They are also among the world’s most endangered

ecosystems. Your support has conserved 113,000

hectares of native grasslands.

CARBON SEQUESTRATION

517K cars per year

Every year, the habitats conserved by NCC, thanks to your support,

store close to 2,300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (which

includes other greenhouse gases converted to their equivalent global

warming potential as carbon dioxide). That is equivalent to the annual

CO 2 emissions of around 517,000 typical passenger vehicles.

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The 1,340-hectare Cavan Swamp Wildlife Area

near Peterborough, Ontario, was NCC’s first

big conservation project, dating back to 1968.

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Toward

a thriving

world

MIKE FORD.

As NCC turns 60,

it looks ahead to

doubling the impact

it has had since 1962,

using its expertise

and relationships

to dramatically

accelerate the pace

of conservation

BY Alanna Mitchell

Cattails sway in the gentle morning breeze.

Three beavers frolic in the shallow water, shiny

backs arching briefly in the sun. A green frog calls.

And then, the urgent trill of the swamp sparrow:

“chee-chee-chee-chee.”

Always alert for the flick of a wing, Mark Stabb, central Ontario

program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC),

pulls up his binoculars and peers into the trees. It’s another species:

a cedar waxwing. This spot, the 1,340-hectare Cavan Swamp

Wildlife Area near Peterborough, which NCC helped conserve, is

a well-known refuge for birds. From the roadside, he also spots

a rose-breasted grosbeak, grackles, mourning doves, goldfinches

— and that’s only the beginning. We stand open-mouthed as two

great blue herons — elegant and serene — take to the skies.

NCC helped put this together decades ago,” he says, cradling

the binoculars as he drinks in the beauty of the place. “And now it’s

all out there and doing what it’s intended to do.”

The Cavan Swamp is more than just another vast protected area

that NCC had a hand in creating. It was the launching pad for NCC’s

work in Canada, the first big purchase. Today, as NCC turns 60,

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Catherine Grenier; Pelee Island, ON, one of the properties secured thanks to the Ivey Foundation.

We have the great maturity of knowing who

we are and how we can use that expertise to

help build a thriving world with nature.

Catherine Grenier, president and CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Cavan Swamp is a symbol not only of how

far the organization has come in those six

decades, but also of the next challenges it

is eager to tackle.

“I think at 60, we have the great maturity

of knowing who we are and how we can use

that expertise to help unlock solutions for

conservation,” says Catherine Grenier, NCC’s

president and chief executive officer. “It’s

such a critical time for nature. There’s never

been a more important time in history. And

NCC has built this unique skill set that it can

now use to make a big difference.”

The overall plan? To use NCC’s expertise

and relationships to scale conservation up

dramatically, doubling the impact the organization

had in its first 60 years in just the

next eight. And then, keep going.

“Ultimately, our vision is to build a thriving

world with nature,” Grenier says.

Building on history

NCC’s tool kit has grown along with the organization.

In 1962, when NCC was founded

on the private land trust model of other

countries, Canada had few policies

preventing the bulldozing of wetlands,

a critical habitat for migrating birds. In

those first years, the fledgling NCC raced

to raise enough money to help buy the

Rattray Marsh, a key wetland on the lakeshore

between Toronto and Burlington

that was up for development.

But when the deal fell through, NCC

turned to an ambitious new tactic in its efforts

to take direct private action, becoming

a financing partner with conservation authorities,

governments and other agencies to

help buy these ecologically important lands

through private funds. The Cavan Swamp,

part of which NCC helped secure in 1968 (it

is managed by the Otonabee Region Conservation

Authority), was the test case.

A History of the Nature Conservancy

of Canada, by the late Dr. Bill Freedman,

includes a reflection by Charles Sauriol, one

of NCC’s first staff, on NCC’s growing role

as a conservation partner:

“This is why the Conservancy had

been born. Its role was that of a catalyst,

a facilitator; being a purveyor of funds

and matching grants was its raison d’être”

(Freedman, 48-49).

Today, NCC is Canada’s largest not-forprofit

land conservation organization, and

it has helped save more than 15 million

hectares, some of which it manages itself.

By 1971, NCC had expanded its collaborative

impulse even further, crafting a 10-year

partnership with the Ontario Ministry of

Natural Resources (as it was then called)

and the Richard Ivey Foundation (now the

Ivey Foundation) to conserve woodlands

along the Niagara Escarpment. The project

took off when the late Richard and Beryl

Ivey, both passionate about the environment,

introduced their neighbour to NCC. He

happened to be John Robarts, the then

premier of Ontario.

The Iveys suggested a novel matching

recipe for escarpment purchases: one dollar

of private money for every two dollars from

the province, with ownership of the properties

transferred to local conservation

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NCC staff on the West

Coast have the privilege of

working to protect rare and

highly specialized coast

ecosystems, like the Garry

oak habitats found on

southern Vancouver Island,

the Gulf Islands and the

Lower Mainland.

“In the sixties, I heard about an

organization that apparently saved

forests. Really?

“I grew up in Northern Ontario,

where we had a 113-hectare farm.

Only 12 hectares of it was cleared;

the rest was trees, swamp and bluffs.

As a child, I thought of forests as

something you had to cut down so

you could grow crops and not starve

to death. And it was a place to stay

out of, because if you went in there,

you would get lost and the bears

would eat you.

FERNANDO LESSA. INSET: COURTESY LORNA SCHUELER.

“But like many other Canadians,

by the seventies, I was becoming

aware of how deeply humans are

linked to the land and that its care

and preservation is in our hands.

I realized that NCC was committed

to those concepts in a practical

way. I am a supporter to this day and

after I retired, it was my choice for

volunteer work. During those years,

I was able to see, first-hand, the

dedication and respect for all aspects

of nature that drive NCC.”

— Lorna Schueler

NCC donor since 1970 and volunteer

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Boreal Wildlands, ON

Nan Thok Natr’iniin’aii, YT

Old Man on His Back, SK

Darkwoods, BC

Yellowknife

Whitehorse

Edmonton

1

Regina

Winnipeg

Victoria

Building

momentum

Conservation from coast to coast to coast

Waterton Park Front, A B

Fort Ellice, MB

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SONNY PARKER; GORDON MACPHERSON;

BRANIMIR GJETVAJ; ANDREW WARREN; THOMAS FRICKE; BRENT CALVER.

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Tallurutiup Imanga, NT

CONSERVING MORE, FASTER!

In just the last two years, you have helped double the impact

of conservation, ensuring the conservation of an astounding

1 million additional hectares from coast to coast to coast.

Here are two properties that helped accelerate the pace:

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: CHRIS DEBICKI; ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; ROBERT MCCAW; ROBERT MCCAW;

SEAN LANDSMAN; MIKE DEMBECK; SEAN LANDSMAN; KENAUK NATURE; JORDAN MYLES.

Johnson’s Mills, NB

Iqaluit

1. 1 Buffalo Pound, SK

AREA CONSERVED

866 hectares

HOME TO

American badger, Baird’s sparrow,

bobolink, northern leopard frog,

Sprague’s pipit

LANDSCAPE

Native grasslands, shoreline

Located in the Upper Qu’Appelle

Natural Area, Buffalo Pound contains

native grasslands and seven kilometres

of shoreline along the north shore of

Buffalo Pound Lake. One of the most

endangered ecosystems in the world,

these grasslands help filter drinking

water for approximately one-quarter

of the province’s population.

Northern leopard frog

1. 2 Hastings Wildlife

Junction, ON

AREA CONSERVED

5,000 hectares

HOME TO

Eastern wolf, black bear, moose, pine

marten, successfully reintroduced elk,

rare birds and turtles

LANDSCAPE

Forests, wetlands, rivers, creeks

Located at the junctions of the Algonquin

to Adirondacks and The Land

Between corridors, the Hastings Wildlife

Junction’s forests and wetlands provide

essential ecosystem services to the region

and beyond. These include carbon

storage, removal of air pollution and

flood water storage. The carbon capture

and storage benefits of the property

help reduce greenhouse gas levels in

the atmosphere.

Black bear cub

Sprague’s pipit

Grand Codroy, NL

Toronto

2

Quebec

Kenauk, QC

Fredericton

Abram-Village, PEI

Charlottetown

Halifax

Gaff Point, NS

St. John’s

TRADITIONAL LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada, we acknowledge

that the work we do across the country is

on the traditional territories of many Indigenous

Peoples. Canada is both the traditional and current

homelands of many Indigenous Nations and

communities. We make this acknowledgment with

respect and gratitude for the histories, languages

and cultures of Indigenous Peoples who are with us

today, those who have come before us and for

those who come after us, and with the commitment

to work with and support Indigenous people in the

spirit of Reconciliation on the land.

To learn whose land you’re living on,

visit native-land.ca.

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Kenauk, Quebec.

Hansen Ranch, Alberta.

INSPIRING

CONSERVATION WITH

PARTNERSHIPS

Among the Nature Conservancy of

Canada’s (NCC’s) most devoted supporters

are governments at all three levels

— municipal, provincial and federal. In

fact, NCC’s status as a trusted delivery

partner has resulted in partnerships with

governments from all 10 provinces, and

of every political stripe. This support has

inspired the conservation of some of the

most unique and rich natural areas in

NCC’s portfolio of lands and waters.

In particular, Environment and Climate

Change Canada has supported NCC’s

work across the country for several

decades. This support continues largely

through the Natural Heritage Conservation

Program (NHCP), a partnership

model established in 2007, which has

galvanized support from Canadians

from coast to coast to coast. Each dollar

invested by the Government of Canada

is matched by generous contributions

from other non-federal sources. Now

a more than $1.3-billion partnership, the

NHCP has resulted in the conservation

of nearly 700,000 hectares — an area

larger than PEI — which provides

habitat for more than 200 species at risk.

The NHCP was instrumental in establishing

several of NCC’s signature projects,

such as the Boreal Wildlands in Ontario,

Shaw Wilderness Park in Nova Scotia,

Kenauk in Quebec and Darkwoods in BC.

These conservation milestones contribute

directly to Canada’s goal of protecting

30 per cent of our lands and fresh

water by 2030. They would not have

been possible without the NHCP.

Visit natureconservancy.ca/nhcp for

more information.

I have always viewed every place we conserve

as being a gift to future generations, to people

I don’t know and will never meet.

Larry Simpson, senior advisor of strategic philanthropy and conservation, NCC Alberta

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authorities. The plan kick-started the saving

of the escarpment, which is now part of

a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and

set a pattern for future projects.

Jennifer Ivey Bannock, daughter of

Richard and Beryl Ivey, continued the family

passion for conservation through her work

on NCC’s board.

“My parents were passionate about the

environment,” she says. “I spent many happy

years on the board of NCC, and thanks to

them, came to appreciate Canada’s wide variety

of landscapes. With our natural world

under so much pressure these days, NCC’s

work to conserve Canada’s remaining natural

treasures seems even more critical.”

Other nimble new joint efforts followed

the escarpment project. Larry Simpson,

now senior advisor of strategic philanthropy

and conservation for NCC in Alberta, joined

the organization in 1990, “the first employee

west of Toronto,” he says, chuckling. It was

the start of a decade-long expansion across

the nation, which, in turn, set the stage for

an outpouring of new possibilities identified

through local connections.

“What we’re trying to do is help people

be part of a movement to create the kind of

country that we want our kids to be able to

thrive in,” Simpson says. “It’s a wonderfully

powerful mission.”

But Simpson quickly realized that Canada

lacked the tax mechanisms to allow citizens

and corporations to donate land at a fair

value or to create conservation agreements

restricting certain uses on the land in the

future. With a small gift from Neil Harvie, the

rancher who owned Alberta’s fabled Glenbow

Ranch, Simpson visited directors of wildlife

in several provinces to sound them out about

new conservation-friendly tax rules.

The result was Canada’s Ecological

Gifts Program, begun in 1995; a muscular

collaboration among dozens of partners

across federal departments and other layers

of government, plus non-governmental organizations.

So far, more than 200,000 ecologically

sensitive hectares valued at nearly

$1 billion have become part of the program.

And it’s growing: more landowners participate

each year.

Simpson often reflects on the inspiration

NCC has drawn from its donors to help propel

its work. “Donors like The Weston Family

Foundation and John and Barbara Poole,

whose donations in the late 90s first made

our work in the Waterton Park Front in Alberta

possible, helped NCC realize that there

were some significant supporters who wanted

us to take on bigger and more inspiring

projects; and we did,” he notes.

“I have always viewed every place we

conserve as being a gift to future generations,

to people I don’t know and will never

meet. Every single time, it’s a warm glow.”

As NCC evolves, so does the list of innovations,

explains Kamal Rajani, NCC’s chief

financial officer. NCC has made a practice of

working with partners to buy development

rights from resource companies on large

tracts of land, saving important habitat from

being significantly altered.

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The tactic alone has helped spur the

creation of some of Canada’s most iconic protected

areas, including Gwaii Haanas National

Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in

BC, Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan

and Tallurutiup Imanga Marine Conservation

Area in the Arctic.

And there’s more to come. Plugging into

the carbon-storing value of NCC properties

will be a powerful source of funding for

future projects. Rajani is excited to track

how corporations, spurred by socially conscious

investors to address their environmental,

social and governance commitments,

participate more fully in conservation efforts

in coming years.

“The beauty is that Canada has

a vast amount of land to conserve, so the

opportunity is there,” Rajani says. “And

the world is thinking about climate change,

so there are going to be significant

investments.”

Innovating for the future

That bold thinking is not just on the financial

side, says Lisa McLaughlin, NCC’s vicepresident

of conservation policy and planning.

“The innovation, whether that’s with the

science or the planning or the stewardship

work and the landowner relationships, has

Introducing young children

to nature is the first step in

fostering future generations of

conservation-minded citizens.

“Living in Halifax, I am very much aware of the gradual loss of local natural

spaces. We are losing not only access to nature but also the biodiversity

and the ecosystem functions that they support. I congratulate (and

support) NCC in its efforts to preserve and restore our wild spaces in

eastern Canada and across this country for future generations.”

— Dusan Soudek

NCC donor since 1988

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Mentor and mentee: Mark Stabb and Sara Meyer.

Boreal Wildlands, Ontario.

Ecological Gifts

Program

Environment and Climate Change

Canada also supports NCC’s work

through the Ecological Gifts Program

(EGP). The EGP provides a tax

incentive for private landowners who

donate land or interests in land to

qualified conservation organizations

like NCC.

It has been an overwhelming success.

Since its inception in 1995, the

program has inspired more than 1,500

gifts of land across Canada. Of these,

more than 340 generous donations

have been made to NCC, totalling

more than 140,000 hectares.

just always evolved,” McLaughlin says. “I think

that can be tied back to our philosophy as a

learning organization and as an evidence-based

organization, where you take what you

learned and then you build on it. And you

keep moving forward.”

That momentum has been propelled by

NCC’s determination to respect the voices of

all players. Over the past decade and a half,

as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s

findings on the residential school system have

educated the public, NCC has done its own

internal reflection on Indigenous issues.

That’s led to what McLaughlin, who began

at NCC as an intern more than two decades

ago, calls “the single biggest change in the

culture of NCC and in the expression of

our work.”

“It just became very obvious that as

a private land organization, we are in a very

unique position to consider ‘What does Reconciliation

look like?’ given that the history

of conservation in Canada has been largely

detrimental to Indigenous Peoples,” she

says. “Now, as the very first aspect of the

conservation work we do, we are thinking

hard about how to engage Indigenous

Peoples. What does it mean, what are the

rights, what are the responsibilities? And

how do we honour that?”

Back at the Cavan Swamp, Stabb

and Sara Meyer, NCC’s new coordinator

of conservation biology for the Greater

Toronto Area, are preparing to visit

another NCC project one road south. It’s

the Taylor Nature Preserve, where an

old barn has just been removed. Metre by

metre, the barn site will be restored until

it, too, is a riot of original native species,

including white spruce, basswood, black

cherry, sugar maple and beech. In a few

years, that barren spot will be bustling with

life, like the lush landscape we see before

us at Cavan Swamp.

That dream of caring for ecosystems

over the long term, restoring them and

helping them become more resilient to climate

change so that nature can thrive, is

what draws Meyer to NCC. Stabb, her mentor,

is helping her become part of the next generation

of conservation leaders.

“I love learning more about past conservation

methods and how to apply them to

current efforts,” Meyer says.

She looks around her, listening to the

birds, weighing the meaning of this place.

“It’s very cool. It was NCC’s first major

project. I see the history. And I feel a sense

of wanting to protect it for the future,” she

says. “It’s beautiful.”1

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NCC staff member setting her

sights at Happy Valley Forest, ON.

Pipestone Creek, SK.

“Congratulations NCC on 60 years of

conservation success! We’ve been

proud to partner with you as you’ve

grown into one of the world’s

foremost conservation organizations.

BRIANNA ROYE; INSET: JASON BANTLE.

“The Weston Family Foundation

shares your commitment to

protecting and restoring biodiversity

in Canadian landscapes. We look

forward to continuing our work

together to conserve a thriving

natural world for all.”

— Emma Adamo, Chair,

Weston Family Foundation

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Your

natural

legacy

The Nature Legacy Society is

a group of over 2,000 Canadians

who have left a gift to NCC in

their Wills

A

s we look back and celebrate

60 years of the Nature

Conservancy of Canada’s

(NCC’s) history, we can’t help but

think about the thousands of Canadians

who have supported us on this

journey, and the vital lands and waters

that will be sustained well into the

future. NCC has set ambitious goals to

ensure that our most cherished habitats

and the species that depend on

them are conserved for the long term.

Legacy gifts have been instrumental

to the foundation of NCC. They have

provided us with the funds that support

the day-to-day operations of Canada’s

largest land conservation charity.

These gifts provide resources that

allow us to set ambitious goals and

commit to milestone conservation

initiatives across Canada.

Nature Legacy Society members

share a vision for the future where important

ecosystems, habitats and wildlife

are protected well beyond their

lives. They have trusted NCC with the

most precious of gifts: their legacy.

We are honoured to receive bequest

gifts from donors and are grateful to

the more than 2,000 members of the

Nature Legacy Society who have informed

us of a future provision to NCC

through a gift in their Will.

The successes we share as an organization

working to conserve our

most valuable natural spaces can be

directly attributed to the dedication

and commitment of you, our donors.

Laurie Arbeau with a 10-week old beaver rescued from the side of the road.

Laurie Arbeau

“My whole life, I have always felt a connection to nature. If one can just take a moment to

sit, block out all the human-made sounds and activities, allow yourself to listen and really look

at what is before you, it doesn’t take long to realize just how amazing, beautiful and balanced

nature is, and to think it costs us nothing to be able to enjoy this reality.

“I have a personal saying that is very dear and meaningful to me. It represents how I feel about

nature and the lessons my father taught me on several camping trips as I was growing up: “Fly

free, swim free, roam free.”

“I choose to leave a gift in my Will to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, as to me this

organization represents the very saying that is dear to me. It brings me comfort and peace

knowing NCC is hard at work trying to protect wilderness and wildlife for the good of all.”

– Laurie has been an NCC donor since 2010 and a Nature Legacy Society member since 2019.

Keith Brooks, Georgian Trail, Meaford, ON.

Keith Brooks

“From Cathedral Grove in BC, to the Skerwink Trail in Newfoundland, to my own backyard,

I have seen many amazing sights offered by nature. I’m entrusting NCC currently with my

financial support and leaving a gift in my Will, as they have demonstrated a love for our natural

heritage and a science-based approach on how to conserve it for future generations. By setting

priorities and working with others, NCC has set a great example of how, together, we can make

a difference, both today and in the years to come.”

– Keith has been an NCC donor since 2001 and a Nature Legacy Society member since 2011.

Greg Oneschuk

Greg Oneschuk, Balancing Rock, NS.

“I have always held a strong position in favour of a healthy and sustainable environment for

future generations to enjoy. I believe the goals and policy of NCC closely align with that philosophy.”

– Greg has been an NCC donor since 2014 and a Nature Legacy Society member since 2018.

PHOTOS COURTESY LAURIE ARBEAU, KEITH BROOKS AND GREG ONESCHUK.

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A NATURAL LEGACY

FOR THE FUTURE

A Gift in your Will to the

Nature Conservancy of

Canada will go to protect

our most vulnerable natural

areas and the wildlife that

live there, for generations

to come.

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For more information on how you can leave a gift

for nature in your Will, please contact Jackie today

to request your free information booklet.

877-231-3552 x. 2275 | planned.giving@natureconservancy.ca

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