Nancy Newhouse, Director of Conservation (Photo courtesy N. Newhouse)
What is your position at NCC?
Director of conservation, BC Region
Where do you work?
How did you come to join the NCC team?
I have had a lifelong interest in conservation. I became particularly interested in private land conservation while doing a long-term project on badgers in the East Kootenay. I worked as the program manager for the Kootenay Conservation Program, where I really enjoyed the land securement aspects. I subsequently applied for a position with NCC. I've been with NCC since 2009.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a BSc and a master's of environmental design (MEDes). My thesis was titled Approaches to Promoting Conservation through Wildlife Viewing Programs. My husband and I ran our own consulting company for over 20 years. Our work included wildlife research, roadkill mitigation, park interpretation and habitat and wildlife planning.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
What makes BC incredible, I want to keep incredible forever. I would like to ensure that the amazing wildlife values found here, and the ecological services like clean water, clear air and carbon cycling, continue. I would like to find new and innovative approaches to conservation that can be used as a model globally.
Describe a typical day at work.
There is truly no typical day, and that is one of the things I love about my work. Many days are fully spent writing at a computer, answering emails and talking on the phone. On a few lucky days I might get to accompany our summer students to monitor Elk Valley conservation agreements, or watch the release of northern leopard frog tadpoles, or join in on the collaring of a grizzly bear near Darkwoods.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
I am a dabbler — I love to cook, walk, climb, paddle, play cards and spend time with my family and friends.