Sixty-one community and nonprofit organizations to receive more than $2.5 million to promote environmental stewardship and community engagement
Wells Fargo & Company announced today that New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been awarded a $20,000 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant. The organization is one of 61 environmental nonprofits in 22 states to received nearly $2.6 million from the 2016 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which supports projects focused on land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach in communities across America.
The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program represents a five-year, $15 million partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Launched in 2012, the program awards grants to local organizations to promote environmental stewardship and strengthen communities across the United States. It is part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million in grant funding by 2020 to nonprofits and university programs focused on environmental sustainability.
“We have long believed that there is a strong connection between economic development, community well-being, and the stewardship and health of the environment,” said Lisa Riley, Regional President of Wells Fargo’s New Mexico / Western Border region. “We are proud to support local organizations that engage their neighbors and other members of the community in addressing local environmental challenges, and we are thrilled to support the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance with this grant.”
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance will use the grant to for a range of monitoring, restoration and stewardship activities based within the Santa Fe National Forest. These stewardship activities will support and inform the Forest Service planning process by engaging the community in the public process to guide forest management decisions towards the goal of better managing and protecting the Santa Fe National Forest and, in particular, sensitive roadless areas and critical watersheds.
“Both the stewardship activities and community involvement in the Forest Service planning process will align and support our efforts to permanently conserve 120,000 acres of Inventoried Roadless Areas adjacent to the existing Pecos Wilderness,” said Mark Allison, executive director of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. “Preserving and restoring these sensitive areas will protect wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, and will safeguard our natural and cultural heritage for future generations. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a number of fun and important service projects with Wells Fargo employees and anyone else who is interested.”
Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities is in its fifth year. To date, the program has made grants to 267 nonprofit organizations for 312 projects, from Alaska to Florida, and California to Maine. Over the life of the five-year program, grantees will have restored more than 83,000 acres of habitat, planted almost a million trees and engaged hundreds of thousands of community members in environmental protection activities nationwide. In addition to the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $15 million investment, NFWF leveraged an additional $9.7 million in matching dollars during its five-year program administration.
Details of the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program and a link to the 2016 list of grantee organizations can be found at the NFWF program website: www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions.
About Wells Fargo
In New Mexico, Wells Fargo has 105 banking stores and more than 1,900 team members. Wells Fargo& Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.5 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.
About the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. Learn more at www.nmwild.org.