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Conservation we need to accomplish in 20,000 days to come

By Dan Kraus      

We have made important progress, but our work must continue. We need to create a future where key areas for nature are clearly identified and protected. This includes completing our systems of national and provincial parks, creating large-scale wildlife corridors and developing local natural heritage networks. Canada must also lead the world in Indigenous and community conserved areas, particularly in our north where we have an opportunity to protect some of the planet’s last true wilderness.

Canada's federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured Aug. 21, 2017, on National Aboriginal Day in Ottawa. The Hill Times file photograph

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) marked exactly 20,000 days of conservation on Aug. 30, 2017. This milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the work done by the NCC and our partners each day, and the conservation we need to accomplish in the 20,000 days to come. Since the countdown began in 1962, much has changed at NCC and the world we live in. Originally launched by a small band of determined naturalists, and now

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