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Conservation Partnership Yields Lasting Change

<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">National Fish and Wildlife Foundation</a> (NFWF) and Southern Company first partnered in 2003 to restore and revive the populations and habitats of southern birds. Soon after, the program grew into a portfolio of efforts addressing critical conservation needs including long-term restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, recovery of imperiled species and community-based stewardship of forests, rivers, coastal areas and wetlands.<b> This alliance is a successful model of conservation collaboration after 15 years of measurable outcomes and accelerated results.</b></p>
<p>This partnership approach to wildlife and natural resources conservation is addressing challenges with a long-term vision. Southern Company and NFWF officials – along with key conservation agencies, thought leaders and other organizations – meet annually to discuss progress and celebrate successes, tackle pressing conservation issues and further enhance their strategies and programs.</p>
<p>“We’ve built a forum that attracts significant conservation partners working together to make a real difference in the communities we serve,” explains Southern Company Environmental Stewardship Manager Leslie Cox.</p>
<p>This partnership has produced three main conservation programs: The Power of Flight program, the Longleaf Stewardship Fund and the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. With Southern Company’s support, these programs have provided more than $31 million in funding through 308 grants.<b> And, in 2017, the Longleaf Stewardship Fund reached a significant milestone surpassing 1 million acres of longleaf pine and critical habitat restored or enhanced.</b></p>
<p>The partnership between Southern Company and NFWF produces lasting impact today and for generations to come.</p>
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