Canada Conservation

Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

Jens Wieting | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

There is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project. Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.

New Law Officially Opens B.C. Parks To Pipelines, Drilling

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"The government has sent a clear signal that it is open to having pipelines cut through our globally renowned protected areas," said Al Martin of the B.C. Wildlife Federation. "The Act will now allow industrial expansion in some of B.C.'s most beloved parks, placing them at risk."

Caring for Canada's Waters: Understanding Water Health

David R. Miller | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Despite the best efforts of citizens and watershed groups actively caring for their local waters across the country, we have no consistent way to measure water health. That leaves us in the dark, unprepared to do what's necessary to care for our waters. It leaves us without the information we need to understand the impacts and trade-offs of development decisions, restoration projects and legal reforms.

Celebrate Canada's Oceans at Your Local Fish Counter

David R. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Improving the way we fish and grow seafood is critical to the survival of some of our planet's most threatened marine and freshwater species and environments. But a national sustainable seafood day is also a critical reminder that even through our everyday choices in what food we buy, we can have a profound impact on the future of life on our planet. And nowhere is that more true than at our fish counters.

Canadians Care About Protected Parklands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Travel
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Tourism in Canada is highly dependent on our parks and conservation areas. We would even go as far to say that our protected parks and conservation areas in Canada are the foundation of a successful future in tourism for Canada.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Does it Matter if a Non-Descript Plant Goes Extinct? The Jenga theory of biodiversity

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Recently, I was interviewed about the discovery of a little flowering plant -- one of the rarest in my home province and a federally listed species at...

Why Canadians Love Their Land

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canadians love their land. A recent Ipsos Reid poll reveals that more than 9 in 10 of us value the protected natural areas close to our homes. In 2...

Labrador: One of Nature's Final Frontiers

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Travel
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

If you are a wilderness lover, or an adventurer of any kind, Labrador should be on your list of "must sees." So much of Labrador's nature remains a mystery. It's not hard to see why the New York Times listed Labrador as one of four "Up-and-Coming" travel destinations in 2011, describing it as one of North America's last frontiers.

10 Stories That Will Shape the Future of Canada's Boreal Forest

Jeff Wells | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Jeff Wells

2013 was a big year for Canada's boreal forest. However, many of these stories remain unresolved. Here are the top 10 stories of 2014 that are most likely to have a huge impact in the boreal forest for years to come.

December Is a Time to Review the Status of Canada's Endangered Species

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

For those of us who are interested in the field of conservation biology, this time of year prompts us to be more thoughtful about lists of a different kind: the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada ceremoniously completes a review of (in overly simplified terms) Canada's endangered species list at the end of each year.

Not-for-profits must earn their social licence

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With much in the news these days about the troubles facing a prominent BC land trust, it is no surprise that people are raising questions about what the future might hold for other conservation areas and heritage sites, and for land trusts in general. How can we continue to have confidence in land trusts if the protection they promise appears to be fleeting?

Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a Lion?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Her name's Melissa Bachman. She kills wild animals on American TV for a living. Sometimes with a rifle, sometimes with bow and arrow. Then she killed a full-maned male lion, and posted a picture of herself, cradling her rifle, laughing triumphantly, while the once-magnificent lion sprawled dead at her feet. And all hell broke loose.

Why Do Forests Matter? A Call to Conserve the Last Great Forests

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The changes we have seen more recently in our forests have not been caused by plate tectonics or long term climate cycles, but by me, by you, by us. We have converted almost 50 per cent of our planet's forests into croplands, ranches, plantations, subdivisions and highways.

Don't Let Your Kids Suffer From "Nature Deficit Disorder"

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The absence of nature in early years has been linked to a loss of emotional and physical well-being, impaired social skills, poor memory and declining academic performance, to name a few. My son will turn six years old next month. How will I help him find his special places, like my cedar forests?

The Liberals' Energy Planning is Driven By What Works for the Liberals, Not For the People of Ontario

Mike Schreiner | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Our energy future requires innovation, entrepreneurialism and community engagement. Politicians moving around power plants like chess pieces won't work. We need to change the way the game is played and what we play it with. The stakes are higher than the billion dollars we've already wasted.

Journey to the Great Bear (Day 3) -- There Is No Choice Between Life and Living

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The debate about the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline is often framed, by its backers, as jobs versus the environment. They'd have you believe that there is nothing here. No jobs, no way of life (and that the environment isn't at risk, but that's a separate point). It's simply not true.

Why Mass Bird Deaths Occur and How to Stop Them

Jeff Wells | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jeff Wells

When 7,500 birds died a few weeks ago at a natural gas flare in New Brunswick, there was shock and dismay among most people who heard the news. How did it happen? Could it happen again? How might it have been prevented? As tragic as these incidents are, though, they are a blip in the big picture of threats to migratory bird populations.

Journey to Great Bear (Day 2): Spirit Bears, Salmon, and the World that Connects Them

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

The spirit bear. One of the unique features of the Great Bear region. The spirit bear, or kermode, is a black bear born white, and this is the only pl...

Journey to the Great Bear (Day 1): Hartley Bay, Community of heroes

David R. Miller | Posted 12.07.2013 | Canada
David R. Miller

Shortly after arriving at Hartley Bay, you realize you are in a community of heroes. When the BC Ferry Queen of the North ran aground off Gil Island i...

Save the Whales, But Don't Forget About the Bugs

David Suzuki | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We focus on charismatic species like whales, pandas, cedar trees and seals as poster children for conservation. But the small things that keep the biosphere going for creatures like us are probably more threatened because we ignore them. If we spend time studying them, they have much to teach us.

Northern Forests In Peril

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Business

A group of top international scientists says Canada needs to dramatically up its conservation game to ensure its vast northern forests remain healthy ...

Let's Hatch a Plan to Save the World's Birds Before it's Too Late

David Suzuki | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We can't live without birds. Beyond being fascinating and beautiful, they play a crucial role in keeping the world habitable for all life, including people. They disperse seeds, pollinate plants, control insects, provide food and are indicators of the overall health of ecosystems. One in eight -- or 1,313 -- species of Earth's birds is in danger of disappearing.

Can We Save Clayoquot Sound?

Jens Wieting | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

Clayoquot Sound has become known around the world as a test area for conservation and for economic activities that don't undermine the environment. Yet little progress has been made in securing legislated protection for Clayoquot's ancient forests and in advancing the title, rights and community aspirations of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of the area.

Ontario's Nuclear Budget Is a Money Meltdown

Mike Schreiner | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Before you invest in a house or a car you look at your available options. You weigh the pros and cons to see what has the best bang for your buck and you make your choice. The Liberal government has already wasted millions re-locating gas plants and now they are set to spend billions on nuclear. We can and must do better.