What we do / Our mandate

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    Acquire habitats of high biodiversity values and at greatest risk of being lost.

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    Manage conservation lands as part of landscapes to ensure ecosystem resilience and connectivity.

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    Ensure these lands are protected for future generations of wildlife, plants, and people, too.

Approximately 6% of the land base in British Columbia is privately owned. However as illustrated through the findings in Taking Nature’s Pulse: The Status of Biodiversity in British Columbia there is a disproportionate number of species and ecosystems at risk in the low elevation areas like valley bottoms and coastal lowlands where most of the private land is located.

This is where The Nature Trust plays a significant role in acquiring and managing private land for conservation. The most effective way this is done is through partnerships with other conservation organizations and various levels of government to try and put together land assemblages to secure functioning ecosystems and ecological processes.

Securing Land

The Nature Trust secures conservation areas with critical habitat. Since 1971, The Nature Trust of BC, along with our partners, has acquired more than 500 parcels of land in British Columbia for vulnerable wildlife and plants.

Managing Land

As important as acquiring critical habitat, is managing these lands for plants and wildlife. The Nature Trust of BC employs regional land managers in strategic locations in the province to address day-to-day and long-term management needs for individual conservation areas.


B.C. is the most biologically diverse province in Canada. Before The Nature Trust can know where to put our conservation efforts, we need to have an understanding of the biodiversity present on the conservation area. Biodiversity is the variety of life in an area, which can range from life in a pool of water that collects between the leaves of a plant to the all-encompassing biosphere.

Explore Our Interactive Conservation Area Map

To learn about one of our 500 conservation areas, click on our easy to use interactive map. You’ll discover when critical habitat was purchased or donated, the size of each conservation area, wildlife and plants protected, and our land management partners.