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GM Supports the Nature
Spring Hill, TN— General Motors donated a 2003
Saturn VUE to The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, bringing GM's total
number of vehicles donated to the organization nationwide to 161.
"We're proud to support an organization with a tradition of conserving
the national treasures of Tennessee," said Saturn Vice President
of Manufacturing Dennis Dougherty. Mike Herron, UAW Manufacturing advisor,
added, "We're excited to be able to provide a VUE to an organization
that does such important work, especially with our Duck River, right here
in Middle Tennessee. Saturn is committed to conservation of our vital
resources and our environment."
The vehicle will be used for The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee's work
across the state, including the Hatchie River in West Tennessee, the Duck
River and cedar glades in Middle Tennessee as well as the Cumberland Plateau
and Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
"Up until now we have been using our personal vehicles to cover the
state, so we're delighted to have this four-wheel-drive vehicle,"
said State Director Scott Davis, who is based in Nashville.
According to Davis, GM's donation of vehicles has been instrumental in
the accomplishment of The Nature Conservancy's mission and goals. Staff
will use the Saturn VUE to transport monitoring equipment to hard to reach
nature preserves owned throughout the state by The Nature Conservancy
and to help transport donors as well.
"We typically work in remote wilderness locations, requiring vehicles
that can take the punishment of rough terrain and go the distance,"
Davis said. "GM's donated vehicles make an important difference to
The Nature Conservancy in achieving conservation success."
GM and The Nature Conservancy have an on-going relationship that is unprecedented
in size and scope. In 1994, GM made a 10-year commitment to provide $10
million in cash and vehicles. Since then, GM has donated more than $8.3
million in cash and now 161 trucks to aid the work of The Nature Conservancy
across the U.S. and many other countries of the world. GM also provided
$10 million to The Nature Conservancy to restore and protect about 30,000
acres of endangered land in the Atlantic Rainforest Restoration Project
in Brazil. GM's ten-year commitment to The Nature Conservancy will reach
nearly $23 million.
"This partnership is a key example of our continuing commitment to
the environment," said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment
and Energy. "We're pleased to support The Nature Conservancy and
its important conservation work."