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It’s not too late to leave a piece of British Columbia under the tree this year

British Columbians are being urged to give a present that means more this holiday. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) offers gifts with a purpose, and in some cases, fur.
 
NCC’s Gifts of Canadian Nature is a charitable gift-giving program that packs a real impact – for both the gift recipient and the plants and animals that benefit.

Gifts of Canadian Nature are pledges for habitat protection. Each gift protects critical habitat for Canadian wildlife, and for you.
 
Ranging from $40 to $400, each Gift of Canadian Nature is accompanied by a personalized certificate for the recipient, and a 2013 NCC calendar. Featuring stunning scenes from across the country, the calendar is a beautiful reminder of the impact of your gift all year long.
 
Four of the five species being featured in this special program are found in British Columbia: grizzly bear, caribou, Canada lynx and snowy owl.
 
Michael Curnes, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Manager of Major Gifts in British Columbia, says these symbolic gifts are practical for everyone, especially outdoor enthusiasts, people who are difficult to buy for or those who appreciate donations made in their honour.
 
“There’s no need to spend time in a mall or battling crowds to find the perfect present! These unique gifts last a lifetime because NCC protects land forever,” said Curnes.

“We are offering a meaningful way to protect the natural areas in our own backyard while helping people save time and avoid frustration.”
 
Each gift may be personalized in honour of the recipient, who will receive a certificate from NCC’s President and CEO John Lounds. Charitable tax receipts are issued to anyone who purchases these gifts.
 
Your gift will go far with NCC. Rated the top environmental charity in MoneySense's 2012 Charity 100 listing, NCC received an A+ for its fiscal responsibility – the only environmental charity to do so.
 
About Gifts of Canadian Nature and NCC:

The Gifts of Canadian Nature package, which includes a calendar, is printed in Canada using waterless printing with vegetable-based inks on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. This printing choice will help save 25 trees and more than 93,325 litres of water.

NCC has been running a charitable gift giving program for almost 20 years.
Eighty-five percent of all funds raised by NCC go directly to on-the-ground conservation work.

For the third year in a row, NCC was the top-ranked environmental charity in MoneySense Magazine’s ranking of Canada’s largest charities, receiving an A+ for fiscal responsibility.
 
About the featured species:

Caribou are the only members of the deer family where both males and females have antlers.

The Canada lynx’s large, well-furred paws act like snowshoes, allowing them to move easily through deep snow.

Adult female snowy owls are larger than males and have mottled black markings, while the males are almost pure white.

Less than 10 percent of the range currently occupied by grizzly bears is classified as protected.
 
Now celebrating its 50th year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.

Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (more than 1 million hectares), coast to coast. More than a third of this area is in British Columbia.

For more information please contact NCC’s BC Office at 1-888-404-8428 or visit www.giftsofnature.ca

Photo caption: Snowy Owl photo by Chris Moncrieff.