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02/18/2011

Marathon Oil Corporation Wins NWTF Energy for Wildlife Award


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marathon Oil Corporation is the recipient of the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2011 Energy for Wildlife award for the company's ongoing commitment to improve the health of the Colorado River Basin ecosystem and the wildlife habitat it supports.

Eileen Campbell, Marathon's vice president of public policy, accepted the award for Marathon on Feb. 18 during the 35th annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA is the official sponsor of the convention, which lasts through Feb. 20.

Houston, Texas-based Marathon, a longtime supporter and sponsor of the NWTF, has been a member of the Energy for Wildlife program since 2005.

"Marathon's active participation in the Energy for Wildlife program is indicative of our company's commitment to conducting our business in a way that protects and conserves the environment," Campbell said. "That commitment is one of our core values. We're constantly striving to identify and implement programs that foster wildlife habitat and afford sustainable benefits for the environment, and Energy for Wildlife provides that opportunity. We're honored to accept this award and look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship with the NWTF."

In 2010, Marathon and the NWTF formed the Western Riparian Alliance to help restore thousands of acres near the Colorado River and improve water quality. The partnership focuses on restoring riparian areas - or areas near rivers and streams that are vital to wildlife survival - in the Colorado River watershed.

Marathon committed $400,000 to fund four years of the alliance, which will expand to rivers beyond the Colorado River.

Marathon's involvement in improving the Colorado River Basin and related areas dates back several years. In 2008, the company joined a variety of organizations in the fight against tamarisk - an invasive, non-native tree that threatens watersheds in the U.S. and the already strained Colorado River Basin ecosystem. In addition to the NWTF, other partners include the Tamarisk Coalition, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and several other federal and state governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The NWTF's Colorado State Chapter supports the Western Riparian Alliance through its state Hunting Heritage Super Fund. In addition, the NWTF and Marathon plan to partner with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife, the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tamarisk Coalition and other conservation organizations.

"By becoming a member of the Energy for Wildlife program, Marathon has set their organization apart from other companies in the energy industry," said Jay Jordan, NWTF's Energy for Wildlife coordinator. "The company's leadership is committed to providing safe, reliable, petroleum-based products for their customers, but also strives to improve habitat for wildlife."

NWTF volunteers, partners, sponsors and staff will work through the NWTF's Southern Great Plains Riparian Initiative, Northern Plains Riparian Restoration Initiative and Energy for Wildlife programs to help restore these areas.

Through the Southern Great Plains Riparian Initiative, NWTF project partners restore and maintain wooded zones in the southern Great Plains by assisting landowners and communities with management efforts. The NWTF and its cooperators have spent $1.3 million to enhance habitat along streams and rivers in the Northern Plains states through the Northern Plains Riparian Restoration Initiative.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon has principal operations in the United States, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Libya, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. Marathon is the fourth largest United States-based integrated oil company and the nation's fifth largest refiner. Marathon's approach to social responsibility is rooted in Living Our Values, a touchstone philosophy for the entire Company. These core values, which encompass longstanding commitments to health and safety, environmental stewardship, honesty and integrity, corporate citizenship and a high-performance team, form the foundation for the comprehensive approach that shapes the way the Company conducts its business around the world.

About Energy for Wildlife

Energy for Wildlife is a membership-based certification program for all energy companies with the primary goal of enhancing wildlife habitat on company-managed, - owned or -influenced lands. These lands include power line and gas rights of way, plant sites, woodlands and other properties. Together, the Energy for Wildlife program's member companies manage approximately 3 million acres to benefit wild turkeys and other wildlife nationwide. Any company involved in the production, transmission or distribution of energy is eligible to become a member of the program. For more information about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

For more information about the NWTF call (800) THE-NWTF or visit nwtf.org.


2011 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA – Official Sponsor

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Bank of America, Benelli USA, Browning-USRAC, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, HuntVe, Marlin Firearms Company, Mossberg & Sons Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, The Outdoor Connection Inc., Remington Arms Company Inc., Rivers Edge Treestands, SHE Outdoor Apparel, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Weatherby Inc., Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester/Olin Corporation

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