"We are beginning to see tangible results from the Shell Marine Habitat Program. The grant numbers are impressive and, more importantly, the projects are beginning to show results that can be far-reaching. It is our hope that all of these conservation projects -- from Texas to Florida and even the Midwest will help sustain and protect the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico for years to come," said Albert Myres, vice president, SOCF.
The NFWF Board of Directors approved matching grants for a total of six projects. These matching grants were issued as part of the program's second round of grants for 2001.
The Shell Marine Habitat Program is a partnership between the SOCF and the NFWF aimed at conserving and enhancing the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. In April 1998, the SOCF made an unprecedented $5 million corporate gift over five years to the NFWF to create the Shell Marine Habitat Program. The NFWF awards the grants biannually through a competitive, peer-reviewed, matching fund program. By requiring that Shell Marine Habitat Program funds be matched on at least a one-to-one basis, the SOCF and the NFWF are increasing and multiplying the SOCF's initial $5 million contribution.
"The Shell Marine Habitat Program is a catalyst for conservation in the Gulf," said John Berry, executive director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grows the funds from the Shell Oil Company Foundation by developing partnerships benefiting Gulf of Mexico's fish and wildlife. The Shell Oil Company Foundation funds matched with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's conservation expertise and sensitivity to local and private landowner concerns delivers maximum benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region."
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