Stewardship & Science Program

One of the things that sets NCC apart is our science-based approach to conservation.

Before we purchase any property, we do a lot of research and planning to make sure the purchase fits into our overall conservation goals. Our conservation biologists assess the potential property in the context of the ecoregion and natural area it is located in. We examine the natural values in an area, its significance in the context of other conserved areas and any threats to the species and habitats found there.

# of COSEWIC-listed taxa (species, sub species, populations) that occur on lands that NCC has helped to protect

  # of COSEWIC-listed taxa
(species, sub species, populations)
that occur on lands that NCC has helped to protect
% of COSEWIC-listed taxa
that NCC has helped to protect
Amphibian 14 56%
Bird 47 58%
Fish 10 7%
Invertebrate 12 14%
Mammal 20 28%
Non-Vascular Plants (Lichens and Moss) 3 10%
Vascular Plants 52 28%
Reptile or Turtle 29 74%
Total 187 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.

Regional Presentations and Research Projects

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Number of research projects (NCC) 57
Number of research partnerships 110
Number of external research projects on our properties 165
# of presentations 367

In the last year, our conservation and stewardship staff achieved a number of successes in addition to business as usual. We:

  • Developed a set of internal standards to help us monitor the status of biodiversity targets and threats at the landscape scale. These guidelines will also help us assess the effectiveness of our conservation actions while allowing us to improve our practices over time.
  • Overhauled our conservation planning approach to align with the new version of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, a global standardized method for conservation planning, published in April 2013.
  • Distributed hardcopies of the two-volume Labrador Nature Atlas to project partners and supporters in May 2014. Demand has been so overwhelming that we are planning a second print run.
  • Started preparing the “Northern Alberta Rapid Ecological Assessment” for publication. Maps and data will also be shared through the GeoDiscover Alberta website.
  • Completed the third year of a project funded by NatureServe Canada in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. NCC is working with NatureServe Canada to renew the partnership for an additional year to support the establishment of a Conservation Data Centre in Nunavut that will enhance biodiversity information sharing in northern Manitoba.
  • Led the development of a bi-national biodiversity conservation plan for Lake Superior, which will guide the actions of government and local groups to protect and restore this lake. NCC has also been supporting conservation planning for Lake Erie, and providing technical expertise to the International Joint Commission on indicators for monitoring the health of the Great Lakes.
  • Started developing internal guidelines on how to implement both voluntary and regulatory biodiversity offsets, and sharing this information with partners.