Encana Receives First Conservationist Philanthropist of the Year Award

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EnCana Oil and Gas Corporation’s record of donating to many wildlife causes in the Cowboy State has earned the company the first annual Conservationist Philanthropist of the Award sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming.

Gov. Dave and First Lady Nancy Freudenthal will present the award to EnCana at a March 31 dinner. A few seats remain for interested couples for the event to be held at the Mooncrest Ranch west of Cody.

"The annual award is another way to recognize the marvelous wildlife philanthropy going on in Wyoming and hopefully alert other donors to the various channels to assist this famous resource," said Marlene "Mo" Brown, foundation executive director.

She added the foundation is especially grateful for EnCana’s donation of $180,325 to fuel the Wyoming Ranch Agricultural and Wildlife Management Planning Project. The project was launched to develop a model of integrated agricultural and wildlife habitat planning and implementation that can be used by any Wyoming ranch.

In addition to a social hour and dinner, the event will include the program "Colorful Characters of the Thorofare" presented by Jay Lawson, chief game warden of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Openings are available for couples for a donation of $2,500 to a wildlife endowment of their choice managed by the foundation.

Brown said EnCana is committed to maintaining a balance between oil and gas development and wildlife. Some of the projects EnCana is currently involved in include: rangeland improvements, contemporaneous reclamation pilot projects, noise and traffic reductions, a mat drilling pilot project, offsite mitigation and a vertical drilling low impact infill development proposal.

The corporation is also voluntarily providing water for livestock and wildlife, constructing raptor nesting and aggressively monitoring sage grouse, prairie dogs, raptors, mountain plovers and other species in their area.

In addition, under the Bureau of Land Management’s Preferred Alternative in the Jonah Field Final Environmental Impact Statement, EnCana will voluntarily contribute $24.5 million for offsite mitigation. The offsite mitigation proposal is primarily wildlife and rangeland habitat improvement in the Jonah area. The corporation reports this is the first major voluntary effort of its kind and a unique contribution to the state of Wyoming for offsetting impacts within the Jonah Field.

For more information about the presentation or wildlife donations, contact Marlene "Mo" Brown at (307) 777-4693.