the conservation fund
Williams has partnered with The Conservation Fund, a non-profit leader in environmental preservation, to develop an environmental stewardship program for the Transco pipeline that will enable the company to take steps to better protect the natural environment of the Atlantic Sunrise project area. The Conservation Fund provided a scientific evaluation of natural resource stewardship needs within the project area, and in June 2015 Williams and The Conservation Fund announced 17 conservation projects that will receive more than $2.5 million in funding through the Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program. Together, these projects will restore over 10 miles of wildlife habitat along streams, prevent thousands of pounds of harmful nutrients from entering waterways, and support the construction of eight miles of new trails in central and southeastern Pennsylvania.
Since its founding in 1985, the Conservation Fund has protected more than 7 million acres of land and water in all 50 states including parks, historic battlefields and wild areas. The Fund works with community and government leaders, businesses, landowners, conservation nonprofits and other partners to create innovative solutions that integrate economic and environmental objectives.
Environmental stewardship programs are purely voluntary and do not supplant traditional compensatory mitigation requirements that may be required to offset potential project impacts. Stewardship activities go above and beyond the mitigation required by permitting agencies to address resource impacts.