Park West School Division
Outdoor Learning Conference
October 25, 2013
Rossburn
VISION
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of
natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the be...
• Canada's leading national land conservation organization
• In July of 2013 MoneySense Magazine ranked NCC as

Canada’s t...
What Land Does NCC Protect?
Highly productive, biologically rich lands are under great
threat of being lost forever.
90% o...
Landscape Based Conservation
• Considers entire landscapes, contiguous large
blocks of land that support the greatest
dive...
NCC’s approach to conservation is built
upon three major components;
• Science – ensures that our work is guided
by the be...
NCC’s Conservation Planning Framework

Geographic Scale

Ecoregion

Natural Area
Conservation Plan
(NACP)

Property
Ecoregions
Natural Area Conservation Plans
Natural Area Plans
• Identify Threats
• Identify Actions to abate Threats
• Implement Actions
Manitoba Natural Area Conservation Plans
Land Securement
• Work with
landowners, industry, partners, and all
• levelsDonations
Land of Government
• Buy Land
• Cons...
Property Management Planning
Identifies key actions related to biodiversity
management, monitoring and administration
Land Stewardship
Surveys, Monitoring, Research, Land Management
(grazing, fencing, etc), Rehabilitation
NCC Priority Natural Areas
Manitoba
Tall Grass Prairie
Tall Grass Prairie
• Less than one-half of 1% of the original
tall grass prairie remains in North America
• Largest intact...
Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain
• This land is a UNESCO biosphere

reserve that is home to some of the
most intact aspen parkland, boreal
...
Interlake
Interlake
• A mosaic of prairie, oak
savannah, aspen parkland and
limestone outcrops
• Supports at-risk species such as th...
West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie
Souris Valley Grassland
Souris River Valley Grassland
• This is only one of two places in Canada where

Buffalo grass is found.
• NCC is working t...
West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie
• One of the last habitat
strongholds for grassland
birds such as the Burrowing
owl, Logge...
Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands
Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands
• Lush marshes meet rolling
sandhills, creating habitat for Manitoba’s
only lizard, the en...
Whitemouth River Watershed
Whitemouth River Watershed
• Contains a high diversity of plant species and forest
types, and large peatlands
•Contiguous ...
St. Lazare Plain/East Parklands
St. Lazare Plain/East Parklands
• This region contains one of Manitoba's largest intact
native mixed-grass prairie landsca...
Conservation Based on Public Engagement
Awareness
Appreciation
Action

= Conservation success!
Education and Outreach
• MB curriculum based classroom programming
supported by outdoor experience
•200-250 presentations ...
Education and Outreach

•What can NCC do to help:
•Providing facilities

•Offering programming (organized learning
opportu...
Education and Outreach

NCC NEEDS
•Partnerships

•Communications
Our Future
• Cultivate and Enhance Partnerships
• Continue to protect important natural areas
•To engage more people in
st...
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  1. 1. Park West School Division Outdoor Learning Conference October 25, 2013 Rossburn
  2. 2. VISION The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our children and those after them. MISSION NCC will lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada's natural heritage. We will secure important natural areas through their purchase, donation or other mechanisms, and then manage these properties for the long term.
  3. 3. • Canada's leading national land conservation organization • In July of 2013 MoneySense Magazine ranked NCC as Canada’s top environmental charity with an A+ rating for the third year in a row. • Conserved and protected over 52,000 acres in Manitoba • Works in partnership with private individuals, corporations & governments to directly protect significant natural areas • Our commitment to partners is to yield “results you can walk on”
  4. 4. What Land Does NCC Protect? Highly productive, biologically rich lands are under great threat of being lost forever. 90% of Canadians live and work in an area covering only 10% of privately held land in the country along the Canada-U.S. border. This 10% of Canada is home to 85% of Canada’s species at risk. These are landscapes that are vital to Canada’s ecological integrity and its clean water and air. In Manitoba NCC works to conserve the most endangered habitats and species: e.g. native prairie, endangered orchids, rare birds and animals, wetlands, rare butterflies
  5. 5. Landscape Based Conservation • Considers entire landscapes, contiguous large blocks of land that support the greatest diversity of species and ecosystems
  6. 6. NCC’s approach to conservation is built upon three major components; • Science – ensures that our work is guided by the best available conservation science • Securement – acquisition for the direct protection of lands • Stewardship – long-term care & management of lands and landscapes
  7. 7. NCC’s Conservation Planning Framework Geographic Scale Ecoregion Natural Area Conservation Plan (NACP) Property
  8. 8. Ecoregions
  9. 9. Natural Area Conservation Plans
  10. 10. Natural Area Plans • Identify Threats • Identify Actions to abate Threats • Implement Actions
  11. 11. Manitoba Natural Area Conservation Plans
  12. 12. Land Securement • Work with landowners, industry, partners, and all • levelsDonations Land of Government • Buy Land • Conservation Agreement
  13. 13. Property Management Planning Identifies key actions related to biodiversity management, monitoring and administration
  14. 14. Land Stewardship Surveys, Monitoring, Research, Land Management (grazing, fencing, etc), Rehabilitation
  15. 15. NCC Priority Natural Areas Manitoba
  16. 16. Tall Grass Prairie
  17. 17. Tall Grass Prairie • Less than one-half of 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains in North America • Largest intact blocks occur in south-east Manitoba • Supports over 1,000 species, including 20 species that are listed on endangered species lists Endangered Western Prairie Fringed Orchid • Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre and trail system opened July 2013 for public and school visitors
  18. 18. Riding Mountain
  19. 19. Riding Mountain • This land is a UNESCO biosphere reserve that is home to some of the most intact aspen parkland, boreal transition forest and rare fescue prairie in Manitoba. • It supports large mammals such as moose, elk, bear, cougar and wolves, and is an important waterfowl breeding area.
  20. 20. Interlake
  21. 21. Interlake • A mosaic of prairie, oak savannah, aspen parkland and limestone outcrops • Supports at-risk species such as the Small White Lady’s-slipper, Piping Plover and Least Bittern. Small White Lady’s Slipper •This area contains globally uncommon alvar habitat alvar habitat
  22. 22. West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie Souris Valley Grassland
  23. 23. Souris River Valley Grassland • This is only one of two places in Canada where Buffalo grass is found. • NCC is working to protect this nearly treeless plain, which is necessary breeding ground for Burrowing Owls and other grass-land dependent birds. Mule Deer
  24. 24. West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie • One of the last habitat strongholds for grassland birds such as the Burrowing owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Ferruginous Hawk and Baird’s Sparrow. • Protection of grasslands and pothole wetlands which are threatened by development. Loggerhead Shrike
  25. 25. Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands
  26. 26. Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands • Lush marshes meet rolling sandhills, creating habitat for Manitoba’s only lizard, the endangered Prairie Skink . •A number of rare plants are found here including the Smooth Goosefoot and Silky Clover. Prairie Skink • Area contains significant wetlands that are integral to preserving healthy populations of migratory birds.
  27. 27. Whitemouth River Watershed
  28. 28. Whitemouth River Watershed • Contains a high diversity of plant species and forest types, and large peatlands •Contiguous with Lake of the Woods • Supports one of Canada’s only populations of the Carmine Shiner, and nationally threatened fish, and two other species of concern, the Chestnut Lamprey and Snapping Turtle.
  29. 29. St. Lazare Plain/East Parklands
  30. 30. St. Lazare Plain/East Parklands • This region contains one of Manitoba's largest intact native mixed-grass prairie landscapes • It includes three Important Bird Areas – identified globally important bird habitats which support several threatened species including Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur and Baird's Sparrow. Sprague’s Pipit
  31. 31. Conservation Based on Public Engagement Awareness Appreciation Action = Conservation success!
  32. 32. Education and Outreach • MB curriculum based classroom programming supported by outdoor experience •200-250 presentations per year •7000 participants •History of delivery in western MB
  33. 33. Education and Outreach •What can NCC do to help: •Providing facilities •Offering programming (organized learning opportunities, CV events) •General support for outdoor ed activities
  34. 34. Education and Outreach NCC NEEDS •Partnerships •Communications
  35. 35. Our Future • Cultivate and Enhance Partnerships • Continue to protect important natural areas •To engage more people in stewarding our lands

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