Chesapeake Energy Corporation today presented a 2006 Ford Explorer to the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The organization plans to use the vehicle to transport community leaders, donors, volunteers and other interested individuals to its 12 preserves across the state. Many of the lands owned or managed by The Nature Conservancy are in remote or rugged areas making a sports utility vehicle (SUV) a necessity for transportation. The donated vehicle was formerly part of Chesapeake’s fleet.
On February 24, Chesapeake Vice President – Regulatory Compliance Paul Hagemeier officially presented the SUV to Mike Fuhr, State Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
“Chesapeake is proud to support The Nature Conservancy and its work to preserve the state’s natural heritage,” said Hagemeier, a board trustee with the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “Protecting our natural resources and caring for the environment are key components of Chesapeake’s business philosophy. We hope this SUV donation helps further The Nature Conservancy’s mission by allowing greater access to the preserves and freeing up funding for other conservation projects.”
During the vehicle presentation, Hagemeier reinforced Chesapeake and The Nature Conservancy’s shared commitment to protecting the environment for future generations.
“Chesapeake and the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy have a rich history as Partners in Conservation,” said Fuhr. “With this generous vehicle donation, Chesapeake continues to advance our science-based, collaborative approach to conservation here in Oklahoma.”
Several state legislators, including Sen. Cliff Branan, Sen. Constance N. Johnson, Rep. Randy McDaniel and Rep. Anastasia Pittman, gathered at Chesapeake’s Oklahoma City campus for the presentation.
“Support from corporate partners is paramount to the success of our local nonprofit organizations,” said Johnson. “We thank Chesapeake for so generously giving its resources, and reinforcing the importance of The Nature Conservancy’s work for the state of Oklahoma.”
Pittman added her thanks, stating, “Chesapeake is helping The Nature Conservancy be good stewards of both our local environment and their financial resources. This vehicle donation will enable The Nature Conservancy to give more people access to the preserves, allowing them to experience and protect Oklahoma’s beautiful landscape.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.