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DATE: Sept. 12, 2002

Marathon Ashland Petroleum executives volunteer at UM-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center

DEARBORN---The president and other senior executives of Marathon Ashland Petroleum (MAP) will rehabilitate a nature trail and clear invasive plants in a day of community service in the Natural Areas at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The MAP managers have a meeting scheduled in the Detroit area, and planned several volunteer opportunities in the region, including the project at UM-Dearborn.

MAP president Gary R. Heminger is expected to participate, along with D. Duane Gilliam, executive vice president of corporate affairs, and Randy K. Lohoff, senior vice president of health, safety and environmental and public affairs.

"This kind of service activity by our managers is part of our on-going commitment to communities where Marathon Ashland Petroleum has a major presence," Lohoff said. MAP is the nation's sixth largest refiner, with seven refineries across the country, including one in Detroit. It also includes 6,000 retail locations in 21 states.

"Volunteers help us maintain the biological diversity and overall quality of the Natural Areas by doing these sorts of projects, and we appreciate this commitment," according to Rick Simek, supervisor of the Natural Areas at UM-Dearborn. "It's also part of our educational mission, and I hope our volunteers get a chance to learn more about the natural environment we all share, and the challenges we face."

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