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02/12/2013

Anadarko Petroleum Receives National Conservation Award

For photo and interview requests, contact John Brasier at (803) 637-7667 or jbrasier@nwtf.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For its commitment to habitat enhancement projects in two Pennsylvania counties it services, Anadarko Petroleum received the NWTF Corporate Achievement Award Feb. 16 at the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show.

Anadarko partnered with the NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter to hold a first "Fueling Conservation" dinner in Williamsport in 2011 that raised $30,000 for wildlife conservation. A second dinner in 2012 raised about $65,000. Anadarko contributed $15,000 of the total each year. Between 300 and 400 people attended the 2012 dinner.

"It's made a great impact on conservation in that area," NWTF regional biologist Bob Eriksen. Anadarko's relationship with the NWTF began with a $10,000 donation in 2010 to help fund habitat enhancement projects on Loyalsock, Sproul and Tiadaghton state forests.

As part of its commitment, Anadarko also recruited ancillary industries to take part in the Fueling Conservation dinners, which were hosted by the Bald Eagle Longbeards and the Susquehanna Longbeards local NWTF chapters.

"We are honored to receive this recognition, and we are proud to collaborate with the National Wild Turkey Federation, which shares many of the same values and principles that drive our business," said David McBride, Anadarko's director of environment, health and safety.

"Through its efforts, the NWTF reinforces quality family time, safety and the preservation of native species and the natural environment. These are the same principles we strive to live by as members of the communities and environments in which we operate."

"Fueling Conservation"' is a great example of what can be accomplished when conservation organizations and industry join forces," Eriksen said.

The NWTF, a nonprofit organization, is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore 17.3 million acres of wildlife habitat, investing $412 million.

Since the NWTF's founding in 1973, the North American wild turkey population has increased from 1.3 million to 6.5 million with wild turkey inhabiting 99 percent of suitable habitat.

For more information about the Corporate Achievement Award or other convention highlights, call (800) THE-NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or go to www.facebook.com/theNWTF.

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