USA. Southern Company, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation awards conservation grants

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced that six additional grants have been awarded to conservation and natural resource agencies through the Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy partnership programs.

"Southern Company is pleased to extend its longstanding partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation by awarding much-needed funds to these leading organizations," said Chris Hobson, Southern Company's senior vice president for research and environmental affairs. "These awards will support the great work being done in the Southeast to restore bird populations and habitats while educating the public about the importance of preserving and protecting the environment."

Since 2002, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have contributed more than $4.7 million through 61 grants to the Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy programs. In addition, grant recipients have contributed nearly $6.7 million in matching funds, resulting in an on-the- ground conservation impact of more than $11.4 million since the program's inception. Through these two programs, more than 100,000 acres of longleaf pine and other critical habitat on public and private lands have been restored or enhanced to the benefit of bird populations across the Southeast.

"These grants will accelerate public and private efforts to restore some of the South's endangered birds and threatened habitats," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. "By focusing on restoring longleaf pine ecosystems, dozens of species will benefit, and many new recreation opportunities will be created for outdoor enthusiasts. Southern Company is to be commended for making these awards possible through their partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 November 2006 )