Chesapeake Energy donates $10,000 to NWTF projects
Chesapeake Energy has donated $10,000 to the NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter to cover costs of habitat enhancement projects, outreach and educational efforts and scholarships.
Habitat enhancements are taking place on state game lands in Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan and Wyoming counties, improving wildlife populations and hunting opportunities. Habitat enhancement is crucial considering 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat is lost each day in North America.
The donation is funding NWTF JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) events in Sullivan County and Wyoming counties.
The donation also is helping hold an outdoor education day reaching 200 sixth-graders in Sullivan County school district; providing equipment for Sullivan County High School and Sullivan County 4-H shooting teams and clubs; and funding for college scholarships for students in Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming counties.
"Provision of funding through Chesapeake's grant program has allowed our volunteers to accomplish so much more than otherwise would have been possible," said Bob Eriksen, NWTF regional biologist in Pennsylvania. "This partnership is a great example of what can be accomplished when industry and conservation groups embark on a cooperative mission to improve the communities in which they work."
Chesapeake Energy, which operates in Northeastern Pennsylvania, has funded NWTF projects for the past three years in an effort to give back to the communities it serves. Chesapeake manager of community affairs Jane Clements cited the NWTF's record of conservation success in the reason for her company's donations.
"Chesapeake supports efforts to improve community quality of life wherever we operate, with a focus on enhancing environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation," said Clements. "Chesapeake and the NWTF share these goals, and we are pleased to help advance the federation's important work."
Submitted by the National Wild Turkey Federation