AUGUST 27, 2014

Greg Clark chose Wild At Heart to receive $10,000 Cox Conserves Hero award

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PHOENIX — Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced Greg Clark as Arizona’s 2014 Cox Conserves Hero. As his nonprofit of choice Wild At Heart will receive $10,000. Sponsored locally by Goodwill of Central Arizona, the Cox Conserves Heroes program honors volunteers who are creating or preserving outdoor spaces.

Clark uses his engineering expertise to save the area’s burrowing owls that nest underground. The burrows are often crushed by heavy equipment, so he has led hundreds of volunteers in a movement to create artificial burrows. More than 500 displaced owls have successfully been relocated.

As finalists, Cass Blodgett and Darren Chapman each received $2,500 for their nonprofits of choice. They selected the Arizona Native Plant Society and Tigermountain Foundation, respectively.

Melinda Gulick from Scottsdale and Brad Lancaster from Tucson are previous recipients of Arizona’s Cox Conserves Heroes award. 

Cox Conserves Heroes was created in partnership through The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. Through the Cox Conserves Heroes program, more than $400,000 has been donated to environmental nonprofits and more than 130 volunteers have been recognized.

Cox Conserves Heroes takes place in Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson); California (Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara); Georgia (Atlanta); Louisiana (Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans); Virginia (Fairfax County/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Roanoke) and Washington (Seattle).

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