Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center receives $75,000 Wells Fargo grant for Wood Bison Enclosure Project
Photos courtesy of Doug Lindstrand
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage received a $75,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company as part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program across 64 community-based nonprofits nationwide to help support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach.
“We are excited to be a recipient of this highly competitive Wells Fargo environmental grant program,” said Mike Miller, Executive Director of AWCC. “We truly appreciate being recognized and will use this grant to enclose a new pasture area of 165 acres of habitat adjacent to the Center. This is a critical step in the Wood Bison Restoration Project, the goal of which is to reintroduce wood bison to their natural habitat after 100 years of extirpation.”
Partners on the project are the USFS Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, which is donating 165 acres of land; ConocoPhillips, Alaska, which is donating fence posts; and Granite Construction Company of Wastonville, Calif., which is building the entrance road, donating gravel fill, equipment and labor. In addition, large volunteer groups will erect the enclosure fence, including Wells Fargo team members from Anchorage and volunteers from the Safari Club and the Tribal Civilian Community Corporation.
Wells Fargo has invested a total of $225,000 in six Alaska conservation groups as part of the company’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through a $15 million, five-year relationship to promote environmental stewardship across the country.