Conservation Planning and Stewardship Program

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:

  • Developed a framework for conservation in collaboration with Indigenous communities and in the spirit of reconciliation;
  • Participated in the development of a report on key freshwater biodiversity areas in Canada, published with the International Union for Conservation of Nature;
  • Pursued our ongoing work on a boreal conservation atlas; and
  • Launched a project to update the Land Information System: a critical online database that houses NCC's conservation information.

Number of species at risk taxa that occur on NCC-owned properties

  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada has directly protected habitat for almost one-third of Canada’s most imperilled terrestrial and freshwater plants and animals.
  • For some groups of species, such as reptiles, amphibians and birds, we have protected habitat for more than one-half of at-risk species.
  • 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, implementing recovery actions and participation on recovery teams.
Taxa # of species at risk* taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties Total number of species at risk* taxa** % of species at risk* taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties
Amphibians 15 28 54
Birds 54 88 61
Clams, snails & other molluscs 7 38 18
Fishes (fresh water) 9 105 9
Insects & spiders 11 66 17
Lichens 5 22 23
Mammals (terrestrial) 21 46 46
Mosses 2 17 12
Reptiles 29 43 67
Vascular plants 56 199 28

* Species at risk (SAR) includes COSEWIC-assessed and SARA-listed taxa. COSEWIC: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. SARA: Species at Risk Act
** Species, sub species, populations

Note: In 2017, NCC changed our 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.