RIDGELAND, Miss., – Aug. 19, 2021 – Phillips 66 once again stepped up for conservation and committed $650,000 in support of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) conservation work on public and private lands in Texas, Louisiana and Missouri, and a wetlands education project in Montana.
“Phillips 66 has been one of DU’s strongest conservation partners since 2013, helping to improve wildlife habitat, water quality, natural resources and community resilience across the country,” said DU Director of Development Matt Bunn. “Their support of projects like the one to repair hurricane-damaged infrastructure on Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Texas will improve the area’s ability to withstand increased water flow during storms and extreme flooding.
In addition to the Guadalupe Delta WMA project along the Texas Gulf Coast, this year’s investment will also support the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, which will help provide aquifer recharge and ensure groundwater quantity and quality in rural Texas Panhandle communities.
Supported projects in Louisiana include restoration of the nation’s second-largest urban refuge, Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, in New Orleans. In addition, a project in St. Bernard Parish will restore 1,566 acres of coastal marsh that will sequester as much as 6,246 metric tons of carbon dioxide per acre, per year.
The grant also supports the Missouri Agriculture Wetland Initiative, a partnership program to enhance and restore wetlands on private lands in Missouri. In Montana the development of a new wetlands and waterfowl-focused educational exhibit at ZooMontana in Billings, Mont., will be open to the public to show how important wetlands are to people and wildlife.
“We love working with Ducks Unlimited on projects that help restore and protect our natural resources and support the communities that depend upon them,” said Claudia Kreisle, Phillips 66 social impact manager. “We’re particularly excited this year to support the wetland demonstration area at ZooMontana, where more than 15,000 students and 120,000 visitors annually can learn about all the benefits of wetlands.
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About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.
About Phillips 66
Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,200 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $55 billion of assets as of March 31, 2021. For more information, visit www.phillips66.com/ or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.