May 1, 2006

Shell Canada commits $900K to environmental internship program

CALGARY, ALTA-The Shell Conservation Internship program, a partnership between Shell Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), has been enhanced with a new commitment by Shell of $900,000 to the program over the next three years. The program, which began in 2002, gives university and college students the opportunity to gain practical field experience on properties protected by NCC across the country. To date, the Shell Conservation Internship has received a total of $1 million in funding from Shell and has supported more than 50 interns working at various sites across Canada. In early May, 18 students chosen from nearly 700 applicants from across the country will begin conservation work in their respective regions. Internship activities range from conducting bird inventories and removing invasive plants to mapping threatened species and teaching others about wildlife conservation. At the end of the summer, the interns will join Shell Canada management and staff for a two-day workshop and field trip. "We are very pleased with this unique program," said Tim Bancroft, vice-president of sustainable development, technology and public affairs for Shell Canada. "NCC is a first-rate conservation organization that uses a sound scientific basis to protect important landscapes across Canada." More information on the Shell Conservation Internship program, including project descriptions, is available on-line at www.conservationinterns.ca.

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