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National Partnership Announcement to Restore Forests on National Wildlife Refuges
-- Reduce Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere --



March 29, 2007


Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291


A historic partnership announcement to help restore important wildlife habitat, address climate change, improve air and water quality and enhance native forest restoration at National Wildlife Refuges.


Dale Hall, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Larry Selzer, President, The Conservation Fund
John Frampton, Director, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources


Santee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
2125 Fort Watson Road
Summerton, South Carolina 29148 (803) 478-2217
(Halfway between Columbia and Charleston, S.C.)


March 30, 2007
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
BBQ lunch at the Lone Star BBQ in nearby Santee, SC (self pay)


From either direction (north or south) on Interstate 95, take Exit 102 and follow the signs to Santee National Wildlife Refuge (visitor center) - less than two miles from I-95. Traveling North on I-95, it will be the first exit after you cross Lake Marion. If you are traveling South on I-95, it will be the exit just before you cross Lake Marion.


The partnership formed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Conservation Fund will help plant trees to restore native forests at National Wildlife Refuges across the nation. As part of its Carbon Sequestration Program, The Conservation Fund launched Go ZeroSM to engage people around the world -- companies, communities, and individuals -- in the effort to combat climate change. Go ZeroSM measures the specific carbon dioxide emissions of virtually any slice of life, from travel-related emissions to corporate headquarters, high profile events to individuals. The Conservation Fund then offsets that impact by planting native trees, which absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.


Jena Thompson, The Conservation Fund, (703) 908-5809
Tom MacKenzie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (404) 679-7291 (M) (678) 296-6400
Kay McCutcheon, USFWS, Santee NWR, (803) 478-2217
Mike Willis, South Carolina DNR, (803) 734-4133

Santee National Wildlife Refuge -- Important Facts (pdf)

Santee National Wildlife Refuge -- General Fact Sheet (pdf)

The Conservation Fund -- INITIATIVES -- Go Zero (pdf)

The Conservation Fund -- INITIATIVES -- Go Zero -- Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


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