John Lounds, president & chief executive officer and Minister John Baird, Darkwoods announcement, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)
In 2007, the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, set aside $225M for the protection of natural areas. Under the program $185M was directly invested in the Nature Conservancy of Canada's conservation program. This investment provided an impressive kick-start to the Force for Nature campaign, and NCC has pledged to more than match it with private funds and land donations.
To date, more than 405,260 acres (164,000 hectares) have been conserved under the program from coast to coast on 442 properties.
Funding for Other Qualified Organizations
As part of the Natural Areas Conservation Program, NCC has the ability to sub-grant up to $15 million of the monies received from the Government of Canada to Other Qualified Organizations (OQOs), enabling such organizations to participate in and contribute to the program.
The program is open to provincial and local land trusts (OQOs).