Nature Conservancy to Recognize TD Bank’s Commitment to Protect Pine Barrens Forestland
On Tuesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Nature Conservancy will host a ribbon cutting event in Mays Landing to celebrate the commitment made by TD Bank through its TD Forests program.
CHESTER, N.J. | May 07, 2014
WHAT: Ribbon cutting, sign dedication and nature walk celebrating contribution of TD Bank to preserve and protect the Southern Pine Barrens. Light refreshments and remarks from:
- Barbara Brummer, Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter, The Nature Conservancy
- Jim Howe, Executive Director, Central & Western NY Chapter, The Nature Conservancy
- Charity Landon, Director, North American Partnerships Initiative, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
- Diana Glassman, Head of Environment Affairs, TD Bank
- Dave Chanda, Director, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
WHEN: Tuesday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
WHERE: The Lenape Farms Unit of Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area
Steelman Landing Road, Mays Landing, NJ
NOTE: Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the ribbon cutting ceremony and tour the property with staff and guests. The actual ribbon cut will occur at approximately 11:20 a.m.
On Tuesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Nature Conservancy will host a ribbon cutting event in Mays Landing to celebrate the commitment made by TD Bank through its TD Forests program. At 5,079-acres, Lenape Farms was one of the largest privately owned natural tracts of land remaining in the Southern Pine Barrens prior to its acquisition by The Nature Conservancy in 2013.
The TD Forests program is a North American initiative of TD Bank and its parent company, TD Bank Group (TD). The program’s goals are to increase the area of protected forest habitat, promote responsible paper use and reintroduce trees into urban areas by supporting local parks and open spaces to strengthen local communities.
Lenape Farms, originally preserved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Resources, Inc., and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, was chosen as a funding recipient this year because of its importance for people and wildlife.
Now owned and managed by the State of New Jersey, Lenape Farms was carefully managed for forestry and wildlife as a private game preserve for more than 70 years before its conservation. It encompasses rich pineland forests of Atlantic white cedar, oak and pitch pine, as well as tidal meadows and tributaries of the Great Egg Harbor River, part of the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
The protected Lenape Farms tract within the Tuckahoe and Maple Lake Wildlife Management Areas links together more than 56,000 acres of previously existing state wildlife management areas, plus thousands of additional acres of county parkland—creating a haven for species like the bald eagle, northern diamondback terrapin and Pine Barrens tree frog—as well as a spectacular setting for people to get outside and enjoy nature.
Attendees will enjoy light refreshments, hear the story of this landmark collaboration and take a nature walk led by Conservancy staff through the great Pine Barrens forest at a prime time for viewing birds and wildlife.
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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org