Target: Trust for Public Land
Goal: Thank Trust for raising enough funds to permanently protect Wyoming’s Hoback Basin
The Trust for Public Land, an environmental charity based in San Francisco, recently announced that $8.75 million dollars has been raised to purchase Wyoming’s Hoback Basin. The acquisition prevents the area from exploitative natural gas drilling and is one of the largest oil and gas lease buyouts in American history.
The Hoback Basin is a 58,000 acre wilderness located close to the Grand Teton range in the Rocky Mountains. The basin is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly bears, bald eagles, and salmon. It is also a popular hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping site for thousands of people.
Unfortunately, this pristine land was recently threatened. A Houston-based oil company named Plains Exploration and Production (PXP) was surveying the basin for natural gas drilling. The company planned to build 136 wells around the area to extract natural gas from bedrock far beneath the earth. This process, also known as fracking, contaminates ground water and leads to sickness and death for plants, animals, and people. Plus, the construction of gas wells would mean more development and disruption in this beautiful wilderness.
Happily, the Trust for Public Land struck a deal with PXP leaders. If the charity could raise nearly $9 million in 90 days, the company would sell its lease and abandon plans to drill in the basin. The Trust then began an aggressive and active campaign to save this pristine area. Benefit concerts were held, hundreds of phone calls were made, and online petitions were formed. In the end, over 1,000 people donated money to save the basin, and $8.75 million was raised. With these funds, the Trust was able to purchase the basin land and protect its natural beauty forever.
Thank the Trust for Public Land for running such a passionate and successful campaign. Because of the organization’s zealous desire to protect the environment, 58,000 acres of wilderness have been saved for generations to come.
Dear Trust for Public Land,
Thank you so much for raising the funds needed to protect the Hoback Basin. Your tireless efforts to preserve this beautiful land ensures the area will remain an untouched wild place for generations to come.
As you know, the Hoback Basin is a beautiful, pristine wilderness that is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Wolves, grizzly bears, salmon, and antelope all call the rolling hills and rivers home. The basin is also a favorite hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping site for thousands of people. Travelers come from all over the world to escape civilization and get a taste of the great outdoors.
Sadly, this pristine area was recently threatened. The Plains Exploration and Production (PXP) oil company had plans to construct hundreds of natural gas wells around the basin. These wells would have threatened the health and safety of the plants, animals, and humans that lived and visited the area.
However, your organization stopped this threat. Because of your tireless efforts, enough money was raised to buy the Hoback Basin from PXP and save the area forever. Thank you very, very much for your wonderful work.
[Your Name Here]
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