Conservation partnership funds nine organizations to complete
habitat, water, and innovative conservation projects
HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 16, 2017) — The
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips today announced
$1.2 million in grant awards through the SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation program.
These grants will support restoration and enhancement of important habitats and
advance innovative water conservation technologies in 11 states.
The grants, awarded to nine
organizations for work in Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming, will support
projects that collectively will restore more than 16,300 acres of grassland
bird habitat, increase partner collaboration, establish decision support tools,
increase critical late season stream flows, and develop innovative on-site
tools for aquatic invasive species prevention. Grant recipients will match the
$1.2 million in funding with $7 million in financial contributions or in-kind
support for a total on-the-ground conservation impact of more than $8.3 million.
Since 2005, NFWF and ConocoPhillips
have invested more than $9.5 million in projects through the SPIRIT of
Conservation and Innovation program. Grantees have matched this funding with an
additional $21 million for a total conservation impact of $30.5 million. As a
result of these investments, more than 214,000 acres of critical fish and
wildlife habitat have been conserved or restored.
“Identifying innovative species and
habitat conservation solutions that help provide long-lasting ecological
benefits is a primary goal of our SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation program,”
said John Sousa, manager of Communications, Brand and Community Relations at
ConocoPhillips. “Through our SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation program and
partnership with NFWF, we are proud to support this year’s winners and their
pursuit to advance water and biodiversity conservation efforts.”
This public-private partnership has
continued to invest in proven techniques for improving and restoring critical
fish and wildlife habitat to address long-standing conservation challenges.
Additionally, the partnership is investing in promising, innovative solutions
to difficult conservation problems.
“The grants awarded this year through this
innovative partnership between NFWF and ConocoPhillips will improve priority
habitats for targeted fish and wildlife species in some of America’s most
important landscapes,” said Eric Schwaab, vice president for NFWF’s
conservation programs. “These projects will support iconic species ranging from
coho salmon in Alaska to whooping cranes in Texas and lesser prairie chickens
For additional details on the
individual grants, please click here.
Learn more about the ConocoPhillips
SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program at: www.nfwf.org/spirit
About the National Fish and Wildlife
The National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats.
Chartered by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the
most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private
contributions. NFWF works with government, nonprofit and corporate partners to
find solutions for the most intractable conservation challenges. Over the last
three decades, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more
than $3.5 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.
is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and
proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations
and activities in 17 countries, $90 billion of total assets, and approximately
13,300 employees as of Dec. 31, 2016. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,567
MBOED in 2016, and preliminary proved reserves were 6.4 billion BOE as of Dec.
31, 2016. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.