A History of the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Hardcover | March 12, 2013

byBill Freedman

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the leading non-governmental land conservation organization that works on a national scale in Canada. The story of how this group started with a few volunteers in 1962 to become a charity that now manages 2.2 million acres of ecologically important landnationwide and is supported by 40,000 donors.Conserving Canada's natural heritage - our indigenous species, distinctive ecological communities, and the landscapes and seascapes that define wilderness at larger scales - is the central goal of the NCC. But it is complicated work that requires working with the private sector and the government,as well as other groups. A sustainable conservation of biodiversity requires that a science-based, well-managed system of protected areas be implemented. Land trusts such as the NCC have a vital mission: to work within the private sector to establish protected areas for the benefit of indigenousbiodiversity.Author and biologist Bill Freedman takes a scientist's approach to the essential work carried out by the NCC. He explores the qualities of the natural world, such as its living components of biodiversity, as well as the causes and consequences of the global biodiversity crisis. Freedman explains howscience-based conservation helps to address biodiversity loss preventing further depletion and repairing some of the damage that has already been caused. There is plenty of human interest in Freedman's recounting of the NCC's history, along with descriptions of spectacular conservation projects. Thenarrative concludes with an examination of the present state of affairs of the NCC and the prospects for future successes in its mission of conservation.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the leading non-governmental land conservation organization that works on a national scale in Canada. The story of how this group started with a few volunteers in 1962 to become a charity that now manages 2.2 million acres of ecologically important landnationwide and is supported by 40,000 donors.Con...

Bill Freedman is a professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University and past chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's board of directors. He is the author of six books and five edited volumes, including Environmental Ecology: The Ecological Effects of Pollution, Disturbance, and Other Stresses and the Encyclopedia of E...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:March 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPreface1. Introduction2. The Nature Conservancy of Canada3. The Natural World4. Threats to the Natural World5. Conservation6. Land Trusts and Conservation7. The Beginning of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 1962-718. A Freshening Breeze, 1972-809. Steady Progress, 1981-8910. Working from Coast to Coast to Coast, 1990-9711. A Campaign for Conservation, 1998-200512. A Force for Nature, 2006-1113. The Nature Conservancy of Canada at Fifty14. Further Down the Road15. An Enduring SolutionGlossaryAppendix 1: Members of the National Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of CanadaAppendix 2: Chief Executive Officers of the Nature Conservancy of CanadaNotesIndex