Since 2005, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has contributed more than $5 million to help fund forest projects across the United States and Canada. We've focused our assistance on advancing conservation at a scale needed to protect biodiversity and natural areas for future generations. We're proud of our partnership with the conservancy, which is an extension of Lowe's values and the environmental commitment we make throughout our retail operations and through the types of products we offer customers.
The foundation's most recent donation of $1.25 million allowed the conservancy to identify forestland most in need of funding, thereby ensuring our support would have the greatest impact. In 2010, Lowe's supported a wide range of projects in the broadleaf forests of the Appalachian range that extends from Alabama to Canada, including projects encompassing hundreds of thousands of acres in New York and Tennessee. In Montana, the contribution from Lowe's Foundation went toward the acquisition of the 310,000-acre Crown of the Continent project, one of the largest forest conservation initiatives in the conservancy's history. In Washington state, the Three Rivers Forest Project enabled the purchase and restoration of critical forestland and helped connect a mountainous national park and a national forest to the ocean, all for the benefit of salmon and other species reliant upon forestlands and freshwater rivers.
Additionally, Lowe's supported the acquisition of the 136,405-acre Darkwoods property in southern British Columbia — the largest property purchased for conservation in Canadian history. Acquiring the territory in the Selkirk Mountains will help preserve a tremendous range of biologically rich habitats sheltering a variety of wildlife. Similarly in Virginia, Lowe's helped acquire a forested landscape crucial to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and rare species of plants, animals and fish.