California Resources Corporation (CRC) works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, universities and non-profit organizations like the Wildlife Habitat Council to promote habitat conservation and biodiversity. We actively support and promote research on native flora and fauna in our operating locations, minimize disruption of those species, and conserve and restore habitat. By implementing improved and enhanced recovery techniques in mature oil and gas fields and applying directional and multi-pad drilling technologies and well stimulation, we extend the productivity of existing infrastructure and reduce the surface area needed for oil and gas production. These approaches enable us to complete several wells from a single drilling site, minimizing the footprint of oil and gas development. As a result, we preserve significant natural habitat that would otherwise be lost due to more intensive surface uses such as residential, commercial or industrial development.
Shortly after acquiring our flagship Elk Hills Field in Kern County from the U.S. Government in 1998, we established a Habitat Conservation Area of more than 8,000 acres to protect threatened and endangered species and their habitat in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and to preserve Native American cultural resources. Elk Hills is home to the San Joaquin kit fox, Blunt-nosed leopard lizard, Giant kangaroo rat, Tipton kangaroo rat, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, Western burrowing owl and several native plant species which we are committed to protecting. In fact, the Wildlife Habitat Council has certified the Elk Hills Conservation Area for our proactive environmental management.
The Wildlife Habitat Council has also certified our coastal conservation areas on the four oil production islands in Long Beach Harbor. The islands provide an excellent habitat for native coastal species, and an educational opportunity for schools, scouting groups and other community members. In 2015, CRC sponsored the development of an interactive app for the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, in partnership with three environmental organizations. We actively support other conservation organizations, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, weed and trash removal activities in the Bolsa Chica wetlands, the Nature Conservancy’s water management efforts in Sacramento County, and the Wind Wolves Preserve in Kern County.