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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Wildlife, habitat and outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania will benefit from land improvements made through a generous donation from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Representatives from Anadarko Petrolium Corporation presented a check to the National Wild Turkey Federation's Pennsylvania State Chapter in Tiadaghton State Forest. NWTF volunteers and staff, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, were present.
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The company donated $9,998 to the Pennsylvania State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which will mean a14-percent increase in the dollars the state chapter will spend on habitat projects through NWTF Pennsylvania's Hunting Heritage Super Fund in 2010.

"NWTF volunteers are dedicated to improving wildlife habitat on state-owned lands in the Commonwealth," said Dale Butler, NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter president. "Thanks to Anadarko's generosity and willingness to partner with a conservation organization and state agencies in this cooperative effort, projects will be completed that will benefit wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts including hunters, hikers and bird watchers. It's a win-win for everyone involved."

Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting traditions. Since 1985, Pennsylvania chapters have raised and spent more than $4.8 million on projects within the state, including nearly $2.5 million on habitat improvement projects alone. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $306 million for wild turkey conservation and habitat improvements.

"Wildlife including wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, brown thrashers, bluebirds and other songbirds that use forest openings will enjoy improved habitat created by these projects," said Bob Eriksen, NWTF director of conservation operations for the northeast region. "Plus, everyone who utilizes these public lands will find that the areas surrounding the projects will be more attractive to wildlife and will experience enhanced hunting and viewing opportunities."

Foresters from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry (DCNR) and land managers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) designed the wildlife habitat enhancement projects.

The projects will rejuvenate 89 acres of existing forest openings by adding lime, fertilizer and seed as well as plowing and disking to prepare the ground in Loyalsock, Tiadaghton and Sproul state forests, where Anadarko is working to explore and tap natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale Gas Play. The state forests are located in Lycoming and Clinton counties and the work will be complete by late September of 2010.

In addition to Anadarko's contribution, DCNR and PGC provided in-kind contributions of personnel, labor and equipment valued at $7,635. The total cost of the projects is $17,633. Other project partners include NWTF's Susquehanna Longbeards Chapter and Bald Eagle Longbeards Chapter.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.
 
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