ConocoPhillips Alaska Helps Conserve Estuary in Anchorage

Partnership will improve Alaskan waterfowl habitat

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Photo © Shawn Schmidt

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and Great Land Trust to conserve the last unprotected functional estuary in the incorporated area of Anchorage, Alaska. ConocoPhillips Alaska has committed $50,000 to help DU conserve approximately 60 acres of critical waterfowl habitat in the Campbell Creek estuary, adjacent to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.

The Campbell Creek Estuary is home to a variety of wetland-dependent wildlife. Among these are the endangered Beluga whale; a wide range of fish, including all five species of north Pacific salmon; more than 30 species of waterfowl; and many other migratory birds such as shorebirds, sandhill cranes, Pacific loons, and red-necked and horned grebes. Conserving this habitat will help protect the last intact, ecologically functional watershed important to salmon in the Anchorage area.

Thanks to the support of ConocoPhillips Alaska, DU and its partners can begin the important work of protecting this estuary by placing a conservation easement on the land, ensuring that the property will be conserved in perpetuity. This parcel of land was purchased last December and donated to the city of Anchorage. The bluff overlooking the estuary will become a city park with walking trails, wildlife viewing, and public education opportunities.

Headquartered in Anchorage, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has about 1,000 employees and is the state's largest oil and gas producer. Through this gift, ConocoPhillips Alaska is continuing its longstanding commitment to the environment as well as to Alaskans.