If you wanna be happy, plant trees

Todd Farrell teaches volunteers how to plant trees at Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Mimi Chan)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time was in fall 2016.” ~ my take on a familiar proverb On this special day, I joined a group of dedicated Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Conservation Volunteers at...

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A walk in the woods: A homegrown love for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region

Emma Young Forest by Bill Hubick

I grew up in Cantley, Quebec, in a charming house near a sugar maple forest with a lot of space to play and to explore nature. That area is situated in the southern region of Quebec and is part of the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence forest region....

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The science behind fall colours

Kettle Island, Quebec (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

In the fall, Canadians pile in their cars and get out into nature to “leaf peep.” Canadian forests are a symphony of colour for a short few weeks in autumn - and as with everything that happens in nature, there’s fascinating...

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A walk in the woods: Land of giants among dinosaurs

Walking through a BC forest dripping with witch's hair lichen (Photo by NCC)

I have been fortunate enough to live in some of the most beautiful parts of British Columbia, from the Rockies to the west coast. My life began in the Kootenays in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, among slopes blanketed in montane and Columbia...

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My time with Canada's nature

A leisurely walk with NCC colleagues (Photo by Clement Wong)

Canada is the place where I was born, but I moved to Hong Kong at a young age for the long-term. This summer, I had a valuable chance to come back to my hometown and volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to help with stewardship...

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Communications from the coast: Three days of travel as a student videographer

Getting a close up of the old-growth forest at the Gullchucks Estuary conservation area (Photo by NCC)

From May to August of this year, I worked in Victoria as the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) communications intern in British Columbia. I’m a writing student at the University of Victoria, and film is one of my areas of...

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A walk in the woods: Nebo in the boreal forest region

Nebo, SK (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Remember that scene in Stand By Me, where our intrepid heroes set out on their journey towards adulthood along the railway track of life and chase a bunch of cows off the rail bed and into the pasture beside it? No? How about the scene where the...

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A walk in the woods: Columbia forest region

Measuring trees on the Midgeley Conservation Area (Photo by Steve Ogle)

To walk through the forests of the Columbia forest region is, to me, a huge privilege. This is for two reasons: one, the Columbia forest region is home to home a number of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties, including NCC’s...

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A walk in the woods: Enchantment in the subalpine

Enchantment Valley (Photo by NCC)

I grew up in southern Ontario, and have spent nearly all my life living in urban areas. Despite this, I found ample opportunity to spend time in the forest. Most years, I camped with friends or family at Algonquin in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence...

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A walk in the woods: Montane forest

Skaha Bluffs, BC (Photo by NCC)

I grew up in Williams Lake, British Columbia; it's a place known for ranching, logging, milling and mining. It’s also known for wide, open spaces, forests as far as the eye can see, sparkling lakes and wild rivers. My parents, who hailed...

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