Last Five Miles, AB (Photo by NCC)

Last Five Miles, AB (Photo by NCC)

Our Work

Habitat loss is the greatest threat to Canada's native plants and animals. Preventing the loss or degradation of significant habitat is the principal focus of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). We work across the province in the places where our conservation activities can have the biggest impact on protecting Alberta's native species and habitats.

Priority areas

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  • Cooking Lake Moraine
  • Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin
  • Red Deer River
  • Bow
  • Southern Foothills
  • Castle Crowsnest Watershed
  • Waterton
  • Milk River Ridge
  • Milk River Basin
  • Pakowki Lake
  • Cypress Uplands

Conservation regions


The critical habitat to the east and west of Edmonton supports high diversity of rare species and globally significant concentrations of migratory birds. The mix of boreal forest (dominated by trembling aspen and balsam poplar) and wetland breeding grounds for North America's waterfowl makes our work around Edmonton vital.

Learn more about the Capital Conservation Region

Red Deer River

This area contains the highest density of remaining native parkland in the central Alberta region, which supports populations of native plants and animals. Its highly productive wetlands, clean rivers and streams and other natural habitats are important for globally significant concentrations of migratory birds and a diversity of North American waterfowl.

Learn more about the Red Deer River Conservation Region

Rocky Mountain Front

From the tops of the alpine peaks down to the foothills that roll into populated valleys, the Rocky Mountains support some of the most diverse ecology on the planet, including plant, animal and human communities. NCC has a long history in the Canadian Rockies. We are the largest and most successful land trust organization working in this region, having directly conserved more than 273,000 acres (110,500 hectares) in Alberta and British Columbia and facilitated the conservation of another 523,000 acres (211,650 hectares) by working with partner organizations and various levels of government.

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Region

Prairie Grasslands

Grasslands are fragile but ecologically important. Birds such as burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk and peregrine falcon are iconic grasslands creatures that are under increasing threat from habitat loss. More than 75 percent of Alberta's original mixed grassland has been converted to tame forage and annual cropping, and only 17 percent of the original fescue grassland remains.

Learn more about the Prairie Grasslands Conservation Region

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