As part of the TD Forests program, The Nature Conservancy is teaming up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to protect critical forests in North America. Over the course of five years beginning in October 2012, The Nature Conservancy will secure the forestland on which over 250,000 trees grow. In the first year The Nature Conservancy used the funds from TD Bank to protect over 200 acres, including oak-hickory and hemlock-northern hardwood forests in New York’s Finger Lakes region and oak-hickory-cabbage palm and upland mixed forests in Central Florida. Over the next four years, one additional forested area on the East Coast of the United States will be protected each year. In 2013, TD Bank funds were used to protect 514 acres on New York's Tug Hill Plateau, an important forest region connecting the Adirondacks and Lake Ontario, and 80 acres on South Carolina’s Black River Preserve, one of the Atlantic Seaboard’s largest and most diverse forested wetlands. In 2014, TD Bank protected 78 acres at New Jersey’s Lenape Farms, one of the largest privately owned natural tracts of land remaining in the Southern Pine Barrens. In 2015, the TD Forests program helped protect 12,700 acres at the Bradley-Sunkhaze Preserve in Maine, connecting 35,000 acres of spruce-fir and white pine conifer forest interspersed with a network of streams.
About TD Bank: TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing customers with a full range of financial products and services at thousands of locations and ATMs from Maine to Florida. Through the TD Forests program, TD has committed to reducing paper use by 20% by 2015 and to offsetting the paper that is used by protecting forestlands and trees.
About Nature Conservancy of Canada: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading not-for-profit private land conservation organization, working to protect the most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than two million acres (800,000 hectares) coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are unaffiliated, though the two non-profit organizations share many conservation priorities and are partnering on this project.