Spirit of Conservation
For over a decade, ConocoPhillips Alaska has invested more than $6 million in the Spirit of Conservation initiative, a program designed to restore, enhance and provide access to Alaska’s key fish and wildlife habitats and populations.
The program achieves this through support of direct habitat improvement programs, public education, outreach programs and employee engagement. Here are some of the 2016 highlights:
- $10,000 to the Alaska Association of Conservation District’s Mat Su Salmon Habitat Conservation Efforts and 5th Annual Weed Smackdown
- $60,000 to Great Land Trust’s Bodenburg Butte Trail and Summit Acquisition Phase 3
- $10,000 to Friends of Creamer’s Field Year Round Youth and Community Education program
- $20,000 to the Nature Conservancy’s Ensuring Healthy Salmon in the Mat Su program
- $10,000 to Tyonek Tribal Conservation District’s Education and Engagement of Alaska Native Youth in Local Food Production program
In 2015, a total of $200,000 in projects were funded, including $54,500 for the Mat-Su Butte Summit Trail Project, $25,000 for Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Conservation and $25,000 to the Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Partnership. Additionally, we focused on youth education, including programs at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks and through the Student Conservation Association. In 2014, ConocoPhillips Alaska granted over $300,000 to 15 projects statewide, with a focus on salmon habitat restoration, trail enhancements, bird research and conservation education. Through this program our investments have included Alaskans for Palmer Hayflats, Kenai Watershed Forum, Anchorage Waterways Council, Alaska Geographic Association, North Star Community Foundation, Pribilof Seabird Youth Network, and Anchorage Rotary Community Services.