Pecos River

Apache Corporation and Marathon Oil Corporation Join Public-Private Partnership to Conserve Grasslands, Rivers and Wildlife in the Trans-Pecos Region

Apache and Marathon Oil will support native aquatic species in the Pecos River Watershed and migratory grassland birds and pronghorn throughout the Trans-Pecos region

Pecos River

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 16 2019) –The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced that Apache Corporation and Marathon Oil Corporation have joined a coalition of industry partners in making a multi-year commitment to support the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative a partnership between NFWF and oil and gas companies committed to investing in conservation of landscapes where they operate. 

Apache and Marathon Oil join six existing industry partners including Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Chevron Corporation Noble Energy Occidental Petroleum Shell Oil Company and XTO Energy Inc. as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico and Texas. The commitments from Apache Corporation and Marathon Oil boost the total initiative funding by industry partners to $4.6 million. 

"The Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative is an impressive example of what industries can achieve working together with nonprofit and governmental partners," said Jeff Trandahl executive director and CEO of NFWF. "These commitments from Apache Corporation and Marathon Oil to join this vibrant partnership are a testament to its early successes and will only multiply its impact. With this additional funding NFWF will be able to restore more acres of desert grasslands protect more habitat for native fishes and expand partnerships with the private landowners who are the stewards of this landscape."

Currently in its second year the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative supports conservation investments in the greater Trans-Pecos region of eastern New Mexico and West Texas working to provide critical habitat for wildlife in the Pecos River Watershed and adjacent Chihuahuan Desert native grasslands. Projects funded by the initiative in its inaugural year are already having an on-the-ground impact and will restore more than 8000 acres of grasslands and more than 50 miles of river habitat.  

"These projects will conserve critical wildlife habitat across a large portion of our operating area in West Texas and New Mexico," said John Christmann Apache Corporation president and CEO. "Apache is grateful to be able to participate in this unique collaboration between business nonprofit and government partners and we thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for leading this important work on long-term conservation solutions that will benefit the entire region"

"We're excited about this opportunity to conserve and strengthen the important wildlife habitats and landscapes in eastern New Mexico and West Texas," said Lee Tillman Marathon Oil chairman president and CEO. "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative fits perfectly with our commitment to be an environmental steward promote biodiversity and address the critical needs of the communities where we live and work. As an operator in the New Mexico Permian Basin we believe the watershed initiative will benefit our communities for generations to come."

The Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative invests in projects that will:

  • Strengthen the health of riparian and grassland habitats along the Pecos River and its tributaries in eastern New Mexico and West Texas.
  • Protect some of the last remaining populations of native desert fish and other aquatic species found only in Chihuahuan Desert ecosystems.
  • Restore native grasslands and increase landscape connectivity by expanding and improving habitat for wintering migratory grassland birds and iconic pronghorn.
  • Address water quality and scarcity concerns for wildlife and agricultural uses.
  • Identify opportunities to expand species to areas of their range where they have been lost or bolster small remnant populations.

Additional information on the program can be found at the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative program page. 

About Apache Corporation
Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States Egypt and the United Kingdom. Apache posts announcements operational updates investor information and copies of all press releases on its website and on its Media and Investor Center mobile application which is available for free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

About Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent exploration and production company based in Houston.  For more information please visit the Company's website at

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish wildlife plants and habitats. Working with federal corporate and individual partners NFWF has funded more than 4500 organizations and generated a conservation impact of more than $5.3 billion. Learn more at



Rob Blumenthal, NFWF

Fay Fitzsimons, Apache
Lee Warren, Marathon Oil