Forests are critical to livelihoods and the health of the planet. From providing shelter to hundreds of millions of people to housing almost half of the world’s species to slowing climate change – the list of why forests matter goes on and on.
For over 60 years, The Nature Conservancy has been conserving forests and working with partners and communities all over the world to protect the life-giving services forests provide. One such collaboration is with TD Bank and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in which we are working to secure the forestlands on which over a quarter of a million trees grow.
The collaboration is part of TD Bank’s TD Forests program, a North American initiative of TD Bank and its parent company, TD Bank Group. The program focuses on protecting critical forest habitat, growing local forests and green spaces, and using resources responsibly. In addition, TD Forests works to reintroduce trees to urban spaces through its TD Tree Days and TD Green Streets initiatives and to support local parks and open spaces that strengthen communities.
Some highlights of our work include:
- In 2016, TD Bank helped protect the 43-acre Goulds Pineland Preserve in Florida. Located in one of the fastest growing areas of Miami-Dade County, this pineland preserve showcases how protection of an endangered ecosystem can be achieved in an urban setting.
- 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.
- 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 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 2012, The Nature Conservancy used funds from this collaboration 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.
Since it was established in 2012, TD Forests has helped protect more than 19,000 acres of critical forest. The Nature Conservancy's work with TD Bank on this project has led to the protection of diverse forests - from pine barrens to cypress and tupelo swamp forests - that provide habitat for wildlife and services for people.
Combining our respective expertise in ecology and economics, The Nature Conservancy and TD Bank produced a report that measures the natural capital values of the ecosystem goods and services that forests provide. The report uses case studies of the forest properties that have been protected across the eastern seaboard of the United States through the TD Forests initiative.
The Conservancy will continue working with TD Bank and the NCC through 2017. For more information on The Nature Conservancy’s work to conserve forests visit nature.org/forests.