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As public funds become scarce, environmental groups turn to industry to fund conservation

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Shamrock Island, Texas, USA
ARANSAS PASS, Texas — An eroding Texas island where more than 20,000 birds nest in scraggly trees and on a narrow patch of sand will be built back up thanks to a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Texas and Shell Oil that was announced Tuesday.

Oil companies and other heavy industries often blamed for environmental damage have a long history of funding restoration work. But partnerships like this one between the Nature Conservancy and Shell have become more common as state and federal funding dries up following the worst recession since World War II.

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