Critical forest habitats conserved across Canada

First four Canadian conservation projects under TD Forests program announced 
by Nature Conservancy of Canada 
TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) today 
announced the conservation of more than 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of 
exceptional forest habitat across Canada. Hardwood, deciduous, montane, and 
coniferous forests have been conserved thanks in part to generous funding from 
TD Bank Group (TD) through the TD Forests program. 
The year one projects completed by NCC with the help of TD Forests include: 


    --  Two projects totaling 73 acres (30 hectares) with mature
        Carolinian forest in southern Ontario,
    --  764 acres (309 hectares) of unfragmented forest along the
        Vermont-Quebec border in the Green Mountains of Quebec,
    --  262 acres (106 hectares) of a critical, forested wildlife
        corridor in the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta's southern
        Rockies.

The TD Forests program will increase the amount of forested lands protected 
and cared for by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Over five years, the 
program will conserve an average of two football fields a day. TD and NCC are 
also engaging more Canadians in the mission to conserve our forests, which 
will safeguard not just the trees, but all the living things that rely on 
forested habitats.

NCC is working to enlarge areas of protected forest habitat; especially in 
southern Canada, where forests are most threatened by development. This is 
where the majority of Canadians live, competing for space with more than 80 
percent of our terrestrial and freshwater species at risk.

For more information on each of the projects, please visit: 
www.natureconservancy.ca/celebrateforests.

TD's five-year contribution is the largest corporate commitment to the Nature 
Conservancy of Canada in the conservation organization's 50-year history.

QUOTES:

"We are thankful for the generous support of TD Bank Group which is making an 
incredible commitment to conservation across Canada," remarked John Lounds, 
President & CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "Together, TD Bank Group 
and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are ensuring that Canada's incredible 
forests will be here for our children and grandchildren to cherish in years to 
come."

"Ninety percent of Canadians have said forests are important to them, and for 
good reason," says Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD's Chief Environment Officer. 
"Forests form the backdrop of our lives. They are where we work, live and 
play. Forests play an essential role in cleaning the air and moderating 
temperatures, and are home to more than one-third of the plant and animal 
species in North America. As our world becomes more urbanized it is 
essential to protect forests and the valuable habitats they represent. That's 
why we made growing the area of protected forest habitat a key pillar of the 
TD Forests program."

FACTS:
    --  The Nature Conservancy of Canada works in many forest
        ecosystems from coast to coast: from the Fog Forest of
        Newfoundland and Labrador, to the beautiful deciduous forest of
        the Carolinian Life Zone in southwestern Ontario; from aspen
        parkland in the prairie provinces, to lush rainforests on the
        west coast.
    --  Canada is home to 10 percent of the world's forests, covering
        one third of our country.
    --  Forests represent so much more than just trees. Each forest
        type supports a rich diversity of plant and animal life that
        relies on a healthy ecosystem to thrive.
    --  TD is a long-time supporter of NCC, especially through the TD
        Friends of the Environment Foundation, which has supported many
        NCC community-based projects across the country.
    --  TD Bank Group announced The TD Forests Program in 2011. To
        learn more about this program visit:
        http://www.td.com/forests.

About NCC and TD Forests:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading land 
conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas 
and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to 
protect more than 2.6 million acres (more than 1 million hectares), coast to 
coast. To learn more visit: www.natureconservancy.ca.

Launched in 2012, TD Forests is a major conservation initiative built around 
two pillars - reduce (paper use) and grow (forested areas). The reduce 
pillar focuses on providing an increased selection of e-banking options for 
customers and on reducing paper usage in TD's business operations. The grow 
component of the initiative brings together TD's environment, community and 
employee programs related to forests and trees. These include TD Tree Days, TD 
Green Streets and local community initiatives, along with a major new 
conservation program conducted through the Nature Conservancy of Canada and 
The Nature Conservancy in the United States. This program focuses on 
increasing the area of protected forest habitat in North America. For more 
information, visit TD Forests.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAPS AVAILABLE AT 
ftp://ftp.natureconservancy.ca/Guest%20Media/TD%20Forests%20Project%20Materials
/
(User name: nccguest / Password: nccguest)
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Laura Mousseau National Media Relations Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada 
519-830-7770 laura.mousseau@natureconservancy.ca

Video with caption: "Video for Lusicich and Backus Woods addition properties". 
Video available at:  
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Image with caption: "Lush forest on the Lusicich property in Alberta's 
Crowsnest Pass (photo by NCC) (CNW Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada)". Image 
available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121003_C3597_PHOTO_EN_18766.jpg

Image with caption: "Mature Carolinian forest at Backus Woods (photo by NCC) 
(CNW Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121003_C3597_PHOTO_EN_18768.jpg

Image with caption: "The forested wildlife corridor at Mount Burnt, Northern 
Green Mountains (photo by NCC) (CNW Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121003_C3597_PHOTO_EN_18770.jpg

Image with caption: "John Lounds, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy 
of Canada, and Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer for TD Bank 
Group, unveil a sign at the TD Forests announcement in Backus Woods (photo by 
Simon Wilson) (CNW Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121003_C3597_PHOTO_EN_18855.jpg

Image with caption: "(L to R) John Lounds, president and CEO of the Nature 
Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer 
for TD Bank Group, and Paul Smith, former owner of the Backus Woods addition 
property, enjoy the sights and sounds on a trail of the property conserved by 
NCC as part of the TD Forests program (photo by Simon Wilson) (CNW 
Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121003_C3597_PHOTO_EN_18856.jpg

SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

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