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Miller benefits the Nature Conservancy.

The Nature Conservancy recently announced a $1-million contribution from Miller Brewing Co. to support the nation's "Last Great Places" initiative.

"The Last Great Places" are 12 working models for large-scale ecosystem conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere, a Miller spokesperson explained. Each incorporates plans for compatible economic activity, along with the preservation of species of natural systems.

The program, whose objective is to save outstanding remaining ecosystems in the United States, was unveiled in May 1991.

"We are pleased to have the support of a visible, progressive corporate citizen like Miller Brewing Company," said John Sawhill, president of the Nature Conservancy. "This contribution gives the |Last Great Place' project visibility and momentum."

"This significant contribution to the Nature Conservancy embodies Miller Brewing Company's environmental commitment and philosophy," said Warren Dunn, president and CEO for Miller. "The Nature Conservancy's approach to preservation through cooperation between public and private interests makes good sense for business, private citizens and the environment. Their vision of the environment is one we share."

The preserves include such diverse landscapes as wetlands, prairies and tropical rain forests. According to Sawhill, the initial "Last Great Places" located in the U.S. are: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, OK; the Florida Keys; Nipomo Dunes, CA; Peconic/Block Island, NY and RI; Gray Ranch, NM; Virginia Coast Reserve; Texas Hill Country; and Big Darby, OH.

Nature Conservancy officials said they are working with Miller to develop a volunteer program for the brewer's employees to become involved in conservation efforts. "Last Great Places" preserves are found in four of Miller's seven plant states.
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Title Annotation:Miller Brewing Co.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Sep 21, 1992
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