LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 25, 2006
– Waterfowl that winter in Arkansas will benefit from the wetland conservation efforts made possible by a $50,000 donation from XTO Energy to Ducks Unlimited. With this gift, wetlands restoration on public lands, similar to that completed at Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area
(WMA) in Crawford County, will be possible throughout Arkansas.
“Last year, a contribution from XTO helped us protect and restore Frog Bayou WMA,” said DU Director of Development Jack McCarty. “That project is a prime example of wetlands restoration success made possible through conservation partnerships.”
The current gift from XTO will help fund DU’s Arkansas RiverCARE program. Through this program, DU restores and enhances wetlands and associated waterfowl habitats on public lands. State and federal wildlife agencies, like the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, assume full management responsibilities. Most of the restored properties are managed for high-quality wetlands habitat and offer additional hunting opportunities to local waterfowlers.
XTO Energy’s Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Vaughn O. Vennerberg II said, “XTO Energy develops projects that provide needed reliable and competitively priced energy products while minimizing the impact on the environment. Helping restore wetland habitat illustrates our continued commitment to protecting and conserving Arkansas’ and America’s environment."
This contribution from XTO Energy will also help DU reach goals associated with its Wetlands for Tomorrow Campaign. This is an ambitious continental fund-raising effort to generate $1.7 billion for waterfowl habitat conservation. Nine initiatives are associated with this campaign that allows donors to direct their gift to specific geographical regions and projects about which they are particularly concerned.
One initiative that generates funds to restore waterfowl habitat in Arkansas is the mallard conservation initiative. Arkansas contains vital migration and wintering habitat for mallards and conservation of these habitats ensures mallards return to the breeding grounds in healthy condition.
XTO Energy Inc. is a domestic energy producer engaged in the acquisition, development and discovery of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The company’s properties are concentrated in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, Utah and Louisiana.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.
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