Partnership is key to moving conservation forward
Campaign Launch Guests (Photo by T. Frickes)
At a recent gathering at the Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park, members of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) gathered with donors and partners to celebrate the organization's many accomplishments in Manitoba. The group also discussed future conservation priorities and the need to get more Manitobans and Canadians outdoors.
The event was being hosted by long-time regional chair and national leader Jim Richardson and his wife, Leney. Brian and Ruth Hastings, who are also dedicated NCC supporters, co-hosted the event.
Gary Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, and John Lounds, Nature Conservancy of Canada president and CEO, also spoke about the importance of conservation in Manitoba. Joining them was Bob Williams, NCC regional board Chair in Manitoba.
Jeff Polakoff, regional vice-president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Manitoba, is pleased to have such prominent Canadians assist in NCC's conservation efforts.
“We are thrilled to have individuals of their calibre engaged in bringing people together in helping address the challenges facing our natural landscapes. NCC works with donors, volunteers, foundations, corporations and partners all across the province to assist us in conserving some of the most intact areas remaining in Manitoba.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada works with people and communities and has conserved over 63,000 acres (25,500 hectares) in nine priority natural areas across Manitoba.
However, Polakoff said more conservation is needed, and faster. This is due to signs of habitat loss and fragmentation, species decline, a changing climate and the expansion of invasive species. He also feels NCC provides people with an excellent opportunity to increase their time in and become more connected with nature through access to many of its conservation lands where people can enjoy the natural beauty of Manitoba.
Thanks to the generous donations and hard work of Manitobans, NCC ensures that the special areas, plants and animals across the province continue to be here for generations to come and ensure that Manitoba continues to be a special place. To combat the threats facing Canada’s natural environment, it is important to conserve habitat and the species that live there, connect Canadians to nature and inspire people to safeguard the lands and waters that sustain our quality of life.