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264 pp.
13 full-colour photographs; 2 maps; 1 b/w figure, 6" x 9"


Publication date:
March 2013

Imprint: OUP Canada

A History of the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Bill Freedman

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 land nationwide 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 indigenous biodiversity.

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 how science-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. The narrative concludes with an examination of the present state of affairs of the NCC and the prospects for future successes in its mission of conservation.

Readership : Interested readers will include those looking to broaden their knowledge of current and historical environmental stressors, the importance of biological conservation, and future practices for sustaining the biodiversity of Canadian landscapes. Those knowledgeable about with the Nature Conservancy of Canada will look to this book for a complete history of Canada's largest land trust.

1. Introduction
2. The Nature Conservancy of Canada
3. The Natural World
4. Threats to the Natural World
5. Conservation
6. Land Trusts and Conservation
7. The Beginning of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 1962-71
8. A Freshening Breeze, 1972-80
9. Steady Progress, 1981-89
10. Working from Coast to Coast to Coast, 1990-97
11. A Campaign for Conservation, 1998-2005
12. A Force for Nature, 2006-11
13. The Nature Conservancy of Canada at Fifty
14. Further Down the Road
15. An Enduring Solution
Appendix 1: Members of the National Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Appendix 2: Chief Executive Officers of the Nature Conservancy of Canada

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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 Endangered Species. His academic awards include the Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs and the Canadian Environment Award, Gold Medal Level, in the category of Community Awards for Conservation from the Canadian Geographic Society. For over twenty years, Freedman has been a dedicated volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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Environmental Change and Challenge - Philip Dearden and Bruce Mitchell
Parks and Protected Areas in Canada - Edited by Philip Dearden and Rick Rollins
Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment - Bram F. Noble
Resource and Environmental Management in Canada - Bruce Mitchell
The Darwinian Tourist - Christopher Wills
Serengeti Story - Anthony Sinclair

Special Features

  • Elegantly written. A narrative journey across Canada's stunning landscapes and seascapes to the information encoded in our individual complements of DNA.
  • Expert author. Bill Freedman is a biologist and educator, with a long-standing commitment to the NCC, whose career has focussed on identifying and avoiding environmental problems and whose first concern is conserving the natural world.
  • Canadian success story. This history begins with a few hopeful volunteers in 1962 and extends to more than 47,000 supporters today. The book celebrates an important success story in environmental conservation, while also making clear that much more has to be done to conserve the biodiversity of Canada and the world.
  • Cross-disciplinary. Canadian biodiversity is explored in scientific, economic, and human terms.
  • Full-colour illustrations. Ten colour photographs and maps tell a visual story of Canada's unique landscapes.