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TD Bank Joins Effort to Protect Northern Everglades

Funding helps Conservancy with federal project to plan, design and implement ranchland restoration.


ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL | May 12, 2011

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, donated $50,000 today to The Nature Conservancy to help protect and restore the Northern Everglades, the headwaters of the Everglades, one of the great savanna and wetland landscapes of the United States.

The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the federal government in the restoration of five ranches in the Fisheating Creek Basin portion of the Northern Everglades. The ranches were selected for protection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Conservancy is now working with NRCS to help design and implement the restoration projects that are part of the conservation easements over the ranches. The conservation easements will prevent development while allowing the ranching families to continue to work and manage the land.

The scope of the Northern Everglades protection project includes the watershed from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee and brings together a diverse array of partners: conservation organizations, ranchers, the state and federal governments, and the South Florida Water Management District, among others.

TD Bank presented the donation to the Conservancy at a preview tour of its new energy efficient bank branch in Ft. Lauderdale with 400 solar panels on the store’s roof, drive-thru canopy and adjacent solar field set to produce a minimum of 100,000 kWh of electricity a year.

“TD Bank is committed to being an environmental leader and making a positive social impact in the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Kevin Gillen, Florida Regional President, TD Bank. “We have committed ourselves to be as green as our logo by investing in renewable energy sources, constructing green stores and offices targeting LEED certification, and supporting organizations like The Nature Conservancy that promote a cleaner environment.”


About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the United States, providing customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,250 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. On September 30, 2010, The South Financial Group, Inc. was acquired by TD Bank Group, and its subsidiary Carolina First Bank merged with TD Bank. Carolina First Bank will continue to operate under the trade names Carolina First Bank in North and South Carolina and Mercantile Bank in Florida until conversion and rebranding in June 2011. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. Carolina First Bank and Mercantile Bank are trade names of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com. TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody's. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. 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.

Contact information

Jill Austin

The Nature Conservancy in Florida
(407) 389-4825

jaustin@tnc.org


Jimmy Hernandez
TD Bank
(856) 397-5550
jimmy.hernandez@yesbank.com

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