Forests 101

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works in a wide range of forests across the country, each with their own unique characteristics and needs. Since 1962, NCC has helped protect 406,736 hectares (more than 1 million acres) of forested habitat across Canada. That's an area larger than the combined areas of Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.

Forest Conservation Infographic

Since 2012 NCC, with help from TD Bank Group under the TD Forests program, has conserved forested habitats in seven of eight forest regions — a total of 16,000 hectares (39,537 acres) in 25 projects across Canada.

Click on the map below to learn more about each featured project and NCC’s conservation work.

Forest region Map

Canada’s forests are special places of irreplaceable beauty and significant biodiversity. They are an important part of every Canadian’s life. Forests purify water, regulate and cool climate, absorb atmospheric carbon-dioxide, produce oxygen and provide habitat and shelter for a myriad of species. In fact, more than half of Canada is forested and we have close to 10 per cent of the world’s forests. We have a responsibility to protect them.

  • Docherty's Brook, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

    Acadian forest

  • Salmonier River, Avalon Peninsula, NL (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

    Boreal forest

  • Backus Woods Addition, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by NCC)

    Carolinian forest

  • Culturally modified tree at Gullchucks (Photo by NCC)

    Coastal forest

  • Midgeley, BC (Photo by Steve Ogle)

    Columbia forest

  • Malbaie River property, QC (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

    Great Lakes - St. Lawrence forest

  • Lusicich, Crowsnest Pass, AB (Photo by NCC)

    Montane forest

  • Enchantment Valley (Photo by NCC)

    Subalpine forest

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