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ConocoPhillips and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Award Grants in Celebration of National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2003

Contact:
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-729


HOUSTON -- ConocoPhillips, the nation’s third largest petroleum company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced three grants totaling $200,000 for bird conservation and environmental education projects. The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Crystal River, Florida will receive an $80,000 grant to manage habitat for the newly reintroduced eastern migratory population of the whooping crane. Another $80,000 grant will establish a Migratory Bird Urban Conservation Treaty with the City of Houston that will include a number of habitat improvement and education projects. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Sebastian, Florida, the nation’s first refuge, will receive $40,000 to provide wildlife viewing opportunities and educational exhibits.

These three grants will be awarded in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, established at Pelican Island, Florida, in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. For more information about the Centennial, please visit http://southeast.fws.gov/Centennial/.

The three grants will be awarded to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of ConocoPhillips’ decade-long partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. ConocoPhillips and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation each contributed $100,000 for these grants.

“With the generous support of our partners, ConocoPhillips and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we will be able to better manage wildlife habitat and provide recreational and educational opportunities for the public, said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Public and private organizations working together can really accomplish our common goal of wildlife conservation which benefits everyone.”

“ConocoPhillips has a long history of supporting habitat and wildlife conservation and sponsoring environmental education,” said Bob Ridge, Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment for ConocoPhillips. “We’ve learned that teaming up with experts like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation results in better, on-the-ground programs than we could accomplish alone.”

ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 57,000 employees and $77 billion in assets as of December 31, 2002. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. Visit the Service’s Southeast Region website at http://southeast.fws.gov.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats by attracting diverse investments, encouraging public and private collaboration, and funding the stewardship of natural resources. The Foundation supports and invests in the best possible solutions for wildlife conservation through creative, diverse, and respectful partnerships. For more information, please visit http://www.nfwf.org.


For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://southeast.fws.gov/ or http://www.fws.gov/.



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