Williams supports many environmental protection programs across the United States. In many instances, Williams partners with local, regional and national environmental groups to preserve, restore and create habitats and recreational areas. Our facilities have been recognized for reclaiming nature areas, creating wildlife habitats and enhancing biological diversity on company-owned land.
Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area
Williams donated nearly 20 miles of surplus pipe worth $1 million to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area. The pipe is used to move water 17 miles to supply the 7,100-acre wildlife area. Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee recognized Williams for this significant contribution. Ducks Unlimited called the area “the most important wetlands restoration project in North America.”
Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve
Williams operates three pipelines that run underneath The Nature Conservancy-operated Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve near Moab, Utah. Williams helps support the Matheson Wetlands through financial contributions and by providing employee volunteers to maintain the walking trail.
The Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission and Williams teamed to develop the Transco Trail, a refurbished mile-long walkway along its right of way through the protected wetlands of the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve. The trail is used extensively by bird watchers and school children who visit the park each year.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has recognized Williams’ conservation efforts associated with wild turkeys. Williams employees assisted with conducting field studies on wild turkey behavior, distribution and viability as well as planting chufa and millet which are designed to benefit wild turkeys and other wildlife. The company also encourages the use of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation seed mixes in restabilization of the pipeline rights of way through upland areas.
Clarion River Watershed Acid Deposition Remediation Project
Williams in partnership with Headwaters Charitable Trust and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, provided $20,000 to advance the assessment and remediation of streams impacted by decades of acid precipitation in the Clarion River watershed in northwestern Pennsylvania. The project includes the construction of passive treatment systems to add stream alkalinity to neutralize stream acidity and raise pH to levels that will support indigenous aquatic life, specifically eastern brook trout. Brook trout are a species indicative of high water quality and pristine environments and were locally abundant in headwater tributaries. This project will help restore brook trout numbers that were reduced or eliminated by acid precipitation.
Bear Rock Lake Angler Access and Habitat Improvement Project
Williams provided $10,000 to the Cabella’s Community Campfire Fund to improve angler access and lake habitat at Bear Rocks Lake Wildlife Management Area in Ohio County, West Virginia. Bear Rocks Lake WMA is owned and managed by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Major aspects of the project included relocating access to the Class Q, Handicapped and Children’s fishing lake, building a new fishing pier, construction of a vehicle access ramp and parking spaces close to the pier, building of sitting benches and in-lake habitat enhancement. Bear Rocks Lake WMA is a major recreational area in the panhandle of West Virginia.
National Wild Turkey: Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
Williams has provided approximately $75,000 to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in support of – Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. The NWTF initiative is a commitment to raise $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. In addition, the NWTF has provided technical assistance including recommended seed mixtures to enhance Williams’ pipeline right-of-way habitat for the benefit of a wide array of wildlife species. Williams collaborative efforts with the NWTF was highlighted on their syndicated television show under the Energy for Wildlife segment.
Pennsylvania State Game Lands 223
Williams worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to design and construct a pistol shooting range at State Game Lands (SGL) 223 in southwestern Pennsylvania. The project was associated with the construction and use of a road through the SGL to access a Williams’ pipeline right-of-way located on nearby properties. Williams also worked with the PGC to use seed mixtures to enhance state game land wildlife food plots and enhance habitat through placement of brush piles along the pipeline right-of-way. SGL provide over 1.4 million acres of land for public hunting throughout Pennsylvania.
Billings Mill Brook Stream Habitat Enhancement
In coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Williams constructed the Billings Mill Brook Stream Habitat Enhancement Project in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The project used a natural stream channel design to prevent a stream meander migration, stabilize stream banks and improve in-stream habitat to the benefit of a wild trout fishery and to ensure the integrity of our nearby pipeline.
Indiana Bat Habitat Enhancement
In coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Williams planted over 15,000 native deciduous trees in Luzerne, Susquehanna & Wyoming counties as a reforestation effort to improve habitat for the federally listed Indiana bat. The Indiana bat and other bat species numbers have been greatly reduced in recent years due to white-nosed syndrome. Providing additional habitat is viewed as one method to combat the decease and increase bat numbers.
Buzzard Swamp on the Allegheny
Williams partnered with the National Forest Foundation on a major restoration project on the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. Buzzard Swamp is a 1,122-acre site that provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on the Allegheny. The swamp was created in the 1960s through the installation of a series of dams. Williams and the NFF worked with the Forest Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to replace the three most important control structures to ensure that Buzzard Swamp continues to provide critical habitat for birds, mammals, fish and other creatures for decades to come.