THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company's(NYSE: NFX) charitable foundation today announced it had awarded a grant in the amount of $30,000 to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to improve grassland bird habitat in Oklahoma.
Implemented in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation through the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV), the program will help boost song- and gamebird species in southern Oklahoma by reducing invasive plants that prevent the growth of native grassland habitat. The project also will enhance pollinator habitat for insects such as butterflies and bees.
Northern bobwhites, other grassland birds, Monarch butterflies and Rio Grande wild turkeys are among the varieties that will benefit from the restoration efforts. With proper management, the oak savannah and prairie habitats in south central Oklahoma supports and enhances a beneficial number of wild turkeys.
The OPJV Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) is a voluntary private landowner financial incentive with the objective of encouraging land management practices that address greatest limiting factors for suitable grassland bird habitat.
"Since our inception nearly 30 years ago, Newfield has focused on being a good steward of the environment in the communities where we operate," said Lee K. Boothby, Newfield chairman, president and CEO. "Our support of the National Wild Turkey Federation will help to ensure the continued existence of native birds, animals, butterflies and other insects that have a beneficial impact on the natural Oklahoma habitat."
In 2018, the Newfield Foundation awarded more than $1 million in charitable grants to worthy projects in Oklahoma and other states where Newfield operates.
To reinforce its mission, the Newfield Foundation supports programs in the environment, medical, cultural arts and community services. Receiving grants this year in Oklahoma were eight community service charities, three environmental organizations and one medical foundation.
In 2018, The Newfield Foundation, which is employee-driven with charities nominated by employees, awarded grants totaling $1,002,500 to local organizations in Oklahoma, Utah, North Dakota and Texas. Newfield employees are encouraged to contribute a portion of their time, talent and personal resources to help where it matters most and to nominate local charities for further consideration by the Newfield Foundation.
Newfield Exploration Company is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. We are focused on liquids-rich U.S. resource plays and our principal areas of operation include Oklahoma, Utah and North Dakota. We also have offshore oil production in China.
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