The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has a new program manager in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Lanna Campbell is taking the lead of the not-for-profit group’s land conservation and stewardship efforts across the province.
Campbell has worked as an environmental scientist with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure and also as a co-ordinator with the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program.
Campbell said she intends to grow the conservancy’s presence on the Avalon, and throughout the province, and also hopes to increase the amount of protected natural landscapes.
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada has done some amazing work on the west coast of the island, securing major properties and important habitat. While I hope to continue those efforts, I also wish to bring the attention east.” said Campbell.
“The majority of people in this province live on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s breathtakingly beautiful here; not that the rest of the province is not, but the Avalon is more at risk of crowding in on the landscapes that people love it for.”
This won’t be Campbell’s first experience with the NCC. She worked as a conservation intern with the group in 2006. She earned a degree in environmental studies and geography from Mount Allison University and a masters in environmental studies from Dalhousie University.
She has worked in forest ecology research throughout Atlantic Canada and also volunteers with the City of St. John’s Urban Forest Advisory committee.
Since 1962, the NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres of land across Canada.
Since 1996, the organization has worked in nine regions of Newfoundland and Labrador helping conserve 12,250 acres.