Our work with The Nature Conservancy is an extension of the environmental commitment we make throughout our retail operations and through the types of products we offer customers. Since 2005, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has contributed nearly $9 million to help permanently protect more than 1.5 million acres across the United States and Canada. We’ve focused our assistance this past year on conservation projects that provide meaningful benefits to the communities that Lowe’s serves.
The foundation’s donation of $1.25 million in 2012 supports six conservation projects that span North America: from the Boreal Forests in Canada to communities in Central Texas.
- In Albuquerque, N.M., support from Lowe’s is being used to protect the city’s watershed from pollution and helping to keep the city’s water clean and safe. Additionally, Lowe’s support has enhanced conservation work related to Santa Fe’s freshwater resources through community education and outreach initiatives involving youth groups, nonprofits and the city of Santa Fe.
- Lowe’s foundation has partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Texas to advance three major strategies for freshwater protection: local engagement, water science decision and support tools, and water policy leadership. Support from Lowe’s has helped Texas protect its valuable freshwater resources through the creation of the 1,244-acre old-growth oak-juniper forest preserve at Cibolo Bluffs.
- In Illinois, Lowe’s foundation has helped connect volunteers to projects in natural areas through support of The Nature Conservancy and the Volunteer Stewardship Network. The volunteer groups manage some of the best examples of Illinois’ native lands: prairies, forests, wetlands and coastal dune systems. Each year, the program connects more than 20,000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to opportunities at approximately 350 natural areas, nearly all of which welcome the public for hiking, birding, picnicking and more.
- In 2010, large portions of the Virginian Chesapeake region at Dragon Run were placed under perpetual protection when The Nature Conservancy completed the largest conservation easement in the state’s history. Lowe’s foundation has played a critical role in supporting the continued protection of the Dragon Run Preserve and its rich collection of fish, bird and plant communities.
- In Colorado, Lowe’s foundation and The Nature Conservancy are working to restore large portions of the 1.5 million acres of forested watersheds of the Front Range. These watersheds supply drinking water for the majority of Coloradans and protect the safety of communities where wildfires pose risks to lives and property. The foundation’s support has increased the extent, pace and quality of forest restoration to create healthier forests and safer neighborhoods.
- In Canada, funding from Lowe’s has been instrumental in supporting The Nature Conservancy’s work to protect the Canadian Boreal Forest. The region is 630 miles wide and encompasses nearly 25 percent of the planet’s wetlands. It’s home to more than 4 million people who rely on the forest for subsistence, livelihoods and culture. Lowe’s foundation has supported restoration activities to protect and restore the important Boreal ecosystem and its communities.