September 6, 2004

EnCana kicks off new Habitat Helper program for conservation education

CALGARY, ALTA-EnCana last week kicked off its Habitat Helper program, a new conservation program focused on educating Alberta students on the importance of protecting upland wildlife and its habitat, watershed areas and wetlands. The company is co-sponsoring the program with the Calgary chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF). Habitat Helper program materials are being distributed to more than 300 elementary schools in southern Alberta; these include a 10-minute video, a 40-page storybook, and an educational activity book. The program complements the Partners in Habitat Development (PHD) program, a habitat initiative co-founded by PF Calgary in 1998. The PHD program is designed to redevelop and enhance wildlife habitat throughout the cultivated regions of southern Alberta, primarily on privately-owned land. PHD is the working example of the conservation efforts promoted through Habitat Helper. In addition to Habitat Helper, PF Calgary and EnCana are producing a 22-minute feature video for middle school, high school and adult audiences highlighting the critical components of wildlife habitat in southern Alberta throughout all four seasons. More information on the Habitat Helper program and Pheasants Forever Calgary is available from Mary Ann Steen at EnCana, 403/645-4700, Gregg Norman at PF Calgary, 403/802-3777, or on the PF or EnCana Web sites, www.pheasantsforevercalgary.com, www.encana.com.
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