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CPAWS announces TD Bank Group’s support of Woodland Caribou and Boreal Forest protection


OTTAWA – August 20, 2013 – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce TD Bank Group’s commitment to support conservation work in Canada’s Boreal forest.

CPAWS' campaign to protect at least half of Canada's Boreal forests focuses on protecting the habitat of Canada's remaining woodland caribou. Caribou are essential to the health of the Boreal. Where woodland caribou thrive, the Boreal forest thrives; where they have disappeared, the forest has been compromised.

“We greatly appreciate TD’s vote of confidence in our forest conservation work through this generous contribution. We’ll be working hard to achieve more conservation gains in the boreal forest over the next two years – and TD’s support will make a big difference,” says CPAWS National Executive Director Éric Hébert-Daly.

Our approach at CPAWS is constructive and multi-pronged with staff and volunteers working in Boreal provinces and territories alongside federal, provincial and First Nation governments, industry, communities, environmental groups and scientists to advance conservation designations on the ground.

“At TD we are committed to the environment and as part of TD Forests, we support many different projects that help protect our natural forests,” said Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD’s Chief Environment Officer. “We are proud to support CPAWS in their efforts to not only protect the boreal forest and the habitat within, but we also commend their mission to educate Canadians about the importance of these critical ecosystems.”

CPAWS' Caribou and You Boreal campaign supports three major projects: implementing the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA); attaining high conservation standards through Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) across Canada; and gaining strong provincial/territorial Caribou Recovery Action Plans required under the Federal Species at Risk Act.

Our involvement in the CBFA focuses on protecting critical caribou habitat within forest tenures held by FPAC signatory companies. CPAWS is the only environmental organization engaged across Canada providing regional representation, First Nation engagement, scientific expertise, and government relations necessary for its success. Within the next two years our goal is to create caribou conservation plans in millions of hectares of the boreal forest.

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For more information please contact:

Ellen Adelberg
National Director of Communications
(613) 569-7226 ext. 234
eadelberg@cpaws.org