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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust in conjunction with the federal Healthy Lands Initiative received a $500,000 donation from Shell. The generous pledge will support the multiple uses of natural resources across approximately 200,000 acres in southwest Wyoming by assisting private landowners to conserve wildlife habitat on their lands.
"Shell is committed to working collaboratively in support of projects in the communities and states where we work," Russ Ford, vice president, technical for Shell Americas Region said in a released statement. "The Healthy Lands Initiative allows Shell to gain a deeper knowledge of the Wyoming and Rocky Mountain way of life and is consistent with the principles that guide our business as a responsible energy developer and operator."
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Healthy Lands Initiative promotes the management of natural resources with flexible, landscape-level approaches that support multiple uses, including livestock grazing, farming, recreation, oil and gas production, historic values and wildlife habitat within designated project areas.
Through this initiative, Shell, in combination with the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust and the Wyoming Ranch Agriculture and Wildlife Planning and Management Project, will work at accelerating land preservation measures. The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Board will manage the funds.
Bob Budd, executive director of the Trust, commended Shell on its voluntary donation. "Partnerships will be an integral part of this initiative," he said. "Public-private cooperation, incentives for landowners and private industry, and other non-traditional approaches will allow us to engage stakeholders while leveraging additional funds and resources."
The project, which is underway, involves several landowners along with conservation and grazing organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation and the Rock Springs Grazing Association.
"This program gives Shell the perfect vehicle to work with varied stakeholders and communities in Wyoming," Ford said. "Shell and its employees are proud to be a part of Wyoming and are excited to help enhance the state's wildlife and agricultural heritage."