The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) is a charitable land trust that has been working to permanently protect wilderness and natural habitat across the province for over 25 years. TLC acknowledges that B.C.’s biodiversity is largely a result of the long history of Indigenous peoples’ stewardship of these lands.
At TLC we envision a future where the biological diversity of B.C. is protected for the benefit of current and future generations.
• We work to PROTECT key habitats to keep them safe from development
• We work to RESTORE important ecosystems back to their natural state
• We work to SHARE knowledge to foster informed and engaged communities
TLC’s mission involves conserving natural areas that provide habitat for a diversity of plants and animals. Our efforts also aim to:
• help mitigate the effects of climate change
• preserve natural forests and areas
• provide habitat for nature where people live
• protect places of cultural value
TLC’s conservation efforts are accomplished through the support of TLC members, donors and partners. We build strong and lasting relationships with our members, donors, governments, businesses, local land trusts, landowners, and communities.
TLC works in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and strives to align local values and objectives for conservation and stewardship. Conservation efforts range from creating small green spaces in our urban communities to protecting larger wilderness areas that are necessary for species to survive and thrive.
Since 1997 TLC has worked in partnership with supporters to protect wild spaces across BC. We currently hold over 15,000 acres of key habitat spanning a wide range of ecosystems from Wetlands, to Interior Grasslands, to Coastal Douglas-fir forests and more!
Did you know: the majority of rare, threatened, and endangered species in B.C. are found on private land? TLC holds 248 conservation covenants, which are legal agreements between landowners and TLC, and are an important way to protect these vital ecosystems and the species that depend on them.
TLC also safeguards 10 properties that have been gifted to, or purchased by, TLC through fundraising campaigns.
Our conservation efforts have resulted in a safe home for many threatened and endangered species including:
• Lewis’ woodpecker
• Grizzly Bear
• Townsend’s Big-eared Bat
• Arrowleaf Balsamroot
TLC Educational programs connect nature-lovers of all ages to the outdoors. Our Deertrails Naturalist Program is a place-based immersive learning experience for student naturalists and our Passport to Nature series is an outreach, knowledge sharing program covering a wide-range of nature-based topics, including Bird Watching, Moss and Mushroom ID field trips, and Nature Journaling. These programs have engaged more than 2,300 participants in the past three years.