"A CALL TO SERVE” – LOWE’S 2013 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

The Nature Conservancy

Sustainable communities need sustainable landscapes, and The Nature Conservancy has the scale and expertise to deliver conservation solutions and help protect important ecosystems for nature and people. Now in its 10th year, Lowe’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy continues to focus on advancing conservation to protect biodiversity and natural areas for future generations.

Our work with The Nature Conservancy is an extension of our commitment to environmental conservation through the products we sell, how we operate our stores and transport products. Since 2005, Lowe’s has contributed more than $9 million to The Nature Conservancy to help permanently protect 1.5 million acres across the United States and Canada. Our partnership this past year focused on conservation projects ranging from directly engaging volunteers to protecting critical water resources.

Now in its 10th year, Lowe’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy continues to focus on advancing conservation to protect biodiversity and natural areas for future generations.

In 2013, Lowe’s donation of $750,000 supported conservation projects that span North America. In New Mexico and central Texas, Lowe’s joined with other local business and community groups to protect watersheds vital to providing freshwater to people throughout the region, including the major metropolitan areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In the Midwest, Lowe’s supported the organization’s efforts to harness the power of volunteerism to restore and protect natural areas around the Chicagoland metro area. Lowe’s also provided support for Nature Works Everywhere, a conservancy program that provides students with a valuable educational experience around the natural systems we depend on for food, water, clean air and energy.

Over the past five years, Lowe’s contributions have helped protect and sustain some of the most important forestlands in the United States and Canada including:

  • The broadleaf forests of the Appalachian range extending from Alabama to Canada
  • The iconic Crown of the Continent in Montana, adjacent to Glacier National Park and one of the largest forest conservation initiatives in the conservancy’s history
  • The Three Rivers Forest in Washington, helping connect a national forest to the ocean and ensuring a critical link for salmon and other species reliant upon forestlands and freshwater rivers
  • The Darkwoods property in southern British Columbia – the largest property purchased for conservation in Canadian history
  • The coastal forestland of Virginia essential to the long-term health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Colorado’s Front Range forests, where fire management and other restoration efforts are protecting large portions of the 1.5 million acres of forested watershed to reduce fire threat and help secure clean drinking water for residents in Denver and Colorado Springs
  • Canada’s Boreal Forest – representing one-quarter of the intact, original forests remaining on Earth
  • The Adirondacks region of eastern New York, where efforts are ongoing to ensure one of the world’s largest intact temperate forests remains ecologically, economically and culturally thriving
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