As part of an ongoing commitment to sponsorship and support of sportsman and conservation groups, employees with Range’s Northern Marcellus Shale Division recently took part in three-day National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) hunt in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. Range sponsored two of the thirty teams who participated in the hunt; Range was also part of an effort to feed 150 hunters and guests on turkey weigh-in day. Safety Operations Manager Irv Gleason attended the event and helped to orchestrate the use of the Range Resources grill to feed hungry hunters.
“Employees from B&E Powder Solutions helped with the cooking and serving,” says Irv. “B&E is one of our vendors and they supplied all of the food in partnership with Range supplying the grill.”
The thirty teams of hunters harvested 26 birds in two days. “The net event income was over $36,000 of which 80-percent will be invested locally by the NWTF in Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties,” says Irv.
The National Wild Turkey Federation has been working to preserve and restore the natural habitats of wild turkeys since 1973. When they started – the number of wild turkeys in North America was down to just 1.5 million. Over the course of four decades, with help from corporate sponsors like Range Resources – that number has hit a historic high of 7-million.
Range is active participant in the NWTF’s “Energy for Wildlife” – a program that matches energy and utility companies with opportunities to improve wildlife habitat in and around energy projects. Recently, Range participated in a 33-acre restoration at Cross Creek Park in Washington County. In 2015 – Range was honored for their efforts with the NWTF Corporate Conservation Award.
Range’s sponsorship of NWTF is part of an ongoing commitment to supporting sportsmen’s groups and clubs. Over the past decade, other groups Range has supported include: the Keystone Elk Alliance, the Washington County Sportsmen and Conservation League, Hunters Sharing the Harvest and many more.
“Range’s support is both internal and external. They provide valuable financial support but they also encourage hunters to donate deer to the program or to make personal contributions to the Food Bank Program,” says HSH Executive Director John Plowman. “Hunters Sharing the Harvest places a high value on this corporate partnership and we thank Range Resources for their continued support.” In 2012, Range made conservation history in southwestern Virginia. More than 150 years since the last North American elk in that area had been killed – Range provided support to a critical environmental mission that led to the settlement of a 42-member strong herd. Range later received the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission Chairman’s Stewardship Award (the IOGCC’s highest honor) for their leadership role in restoring an elk population to that region.