What We Do
The Nature Trust of British Columbia is the oldest and largest provincial land trust in BC. We acquire ecologically significant land usually through purchase or donation. Then we care for this land in order to protect nature with its diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats.
We are a non-profit, non-advocacy group that seeks a balance between sustaining our environment and sustaining our economy. Collaboration is a hallmark of The Nature Trust’s many years of working with local communities across our province.
Partnership is key to our success. We work with individual donors, foundations, stewardship groups, corporations, and all levels of government to accomplish our goals.
Since 1971, The Nature Trust along with our partners has invested more than $95 million to secure over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of land. This includes over 23,000 hectares (56,000 acres) that is owned, leased or covenanted and over 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) that is under grazing licenses for our Biodiversity Ranches in the Okanagan.
With every donation a donor makes, we recognize the trust that is being placed in our hands. This is why our organization places a high priority on operating in a fiscally responsible manner. We carry no debt and no mortgages and undertake yearly audits. An Audit, Finance and Investment Board committee establishes policies and reviews quarterly performances. All land acquisitions and funding are approved by the Board.
For yearly highlights of our conservation work, view our Annual Reports.