CONSOL Energy Gift to WPC Marks 25-year Partnership
Thu, Oct 16th 2008, 10:06. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 16, 2008 – CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) has donated $20,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) to ensure conservation of important natural resources in this region.
“We are grateful to CONSOL for its longstanding support of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and our work to protect our region’s wildlife and natural resources – support that began long ago and continues to the present day,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “We appreciate CONSOL’s most recent gift and look forward to many more years of productive collaboration.”
CONSOL and WPC began working together in 1983, when the Conservancy sought to protect 1,000 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania that would eventually be called Enlow Fork Natural Area. In 1985, CONSOL donated 190 acres along Enlow Fork, an important tributary of Wheeling Creek. This contribution supported ongoing efforts by the Conservancy to conserve land in that area, which supports numerous rare species of wildflowers and provides important habitat for birds and other wildlife.
In 1986, WPC conveyed the 1,000-acre tract to the Pennsylvania Game Commission to create State Game Lands #302 in Greene and Washington counties.
CONSOL’s charitable support of WPC has continued since that time, and its 2008 contribution also will be used to support the conservation of Western Pennsylvania’s most valuable natural places.
“CONSOL's relationship with WPC benefits both our employees and our neighbors here in Western Pennsylvania. The work done by the Conservancy becomes increasingly important as the years pass,” said James McCaffrey, CONSOL senior vice president – CNX Land Resources Inc. and materials and supply chain management. “We are proud of our 25 year association and look forward to the next quarter of a century and the conservation work that remains to be done.”
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
WPC preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.
CONSOL Energy Inc., a high-Btu bituminous coal and coal bed methane company, is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and has annual revenues of $3.8 billion. It has 17 bituminous coal mining complexes in six states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.5 billion tons. CONSOL Energy was named one of America's most admired companies in 2005 by Fortune magazine. It received the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for the company's innovative reclamation practices in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Also in 2003, the company was listed in Information Week magazine's "Information Week 500" list for its information technology operations. In 2002, the company received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Protection Award. Additional information about the company can be found at its web site: www.consolenergy.com.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
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