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08/25/2011

NWTF Raises $34,000 for Conservation Projects

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Phil Ferrare (pictured right), NWTF director of field operations, presents a wild turkey print to Brad Milliken of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation during the first-ever Fueling Conservation dinner.
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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The NWTF raised more than $34,000 for projects in Pennsylvania through its first-ever Fueling Conservation dinner, held in Williamsport, Pa.

The event was made possible through the support of corporate sponsors, including Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which signed on as a Diamond Life NWTF member and sponsored $5,000 in start-up costs for the Fueling Conservation dinner. In 2010, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation donated $10,000 to complete wildlife habitat enhancement projects on Loyalsock, Sproul and Tiadaghton state forests.

"Thanks to the support of community partners like Anadarko, our inaugural event was a tremendous success," said Ray Smith, NWTF district field supervisor in Pennsylvania. "The company is setting an excellent example for how other energy companies can contribute to conservation projects in the communities where they operate. We look forward to a long and beneficial partnership with Anadarko and its employees."

More than 400 people, including 15 corporate sponsors and 11 event sponsors, attended the event to raise money for conservation and outreach projects near Williamsport – especially Lycoming and Clinton counties.

Wildlife including wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, black bears and various songbirds will benefit from improved habitat paid for with money raised at this unique dinner. In addition, everyone who utilizes these lands will find that the areas surrounding the projects will be more attractive to wildlife and will experience enhanced hunting and viewing opportunities.

Outreach events near Williamsport will introduce youth, women and people with disabilities to outdoors activities through the NWTF's JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Xtreme JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen programs.

NWTF's Bald Eagle Longbeards Chapter hosted the event along with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The Susquehanna Longbeards NWTF and White Deer JAKES chapters assisted during evening, which contributed to the success of the Fueling Conservation dinner. Representatives from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, NWTF, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry served as speakers during the event.

The NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage, the NWTF and its volunteers work closely with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies and other partners.

Through these dynamic partnerships, the NWTF and its members helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat.

To become a member of the NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, visit www.nwtf.org or call 800-THE-NWTF. The NWTF is also at www.facebook.com/theNWTF.

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