September 23, 2005
CASPER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department presented awards to
two energy companies in recognition for their donations and
cooperation in restoring sage grouse habitat.
Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland presented the awards to
Anadarko Petroleum and Lance Oil and Gas Company, Inc. at the Game
and Fish Commission meeting in Casper Sept. 8.
Cleveland said both companies contributed to a community-based
approach to restoring sage grouse habitat, a project that was
initiated by the Lake DeSmet Conservation District and the Northeast
Wyoming Sage Grouse Working Group.
Anadarko Petroleum donated a $42,762 Lawson soil aerator to the Game
and Fish. Lance Oil and Gas Company pledged $10,000 toward the
project. To date, the Lance donation has been used to modify the
aerator so both seed boxes could be used simultaneously, help pay
for the delivery of the aerator to the project site and to purchase
The aerator breaks up the soil and encourages moisture to enter the
soil profile. During aeration, alfalfa is planted. The plant is
highly preferred by sage grouse, as well as mule deer, antelope and
Cleveland said the aerator will greatly benefit sage grouse.
Biologists sought funding for an aerator, but available granting
programs did not allow for expensive equipment purchases, he said.
Anadarko Petroleum and Lance Oil and Gas filled in the gap.
Rusty Roush, of Lance Oil and Gas Co. said he appreciated the award,
and his company will continue to participate in sage grouse
conservation efforts. Anadarko Petroleumís Rick Robitaille said
partnership is the word. Anadarko is here for the long run and wants
to be both partner and neighbor to the commission, the department
and to wildlife, he said.
Cleveland presented the representatives with framed thank you
letters. We thank Anadarko and Lance Oil for their contributions and
we only hope there will be help from other industries as well, he