COLUMBIA, SC — Dominion Energy, a corporate partner of the Palmetto Trail, donated a used company truck today to support the Palmetto Conservation Corps and work on the cross-state trail.
The Ford F-150 pick-up will provide permanent transportation for Corps members and their tools to worksites on the trail and in public parks and forests. In addition to trail work, the Corps assists state agencies and FEMA with disaster recovery, such as after Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma and the Pickens County wildfires. Corps members also share their knowledge of and passion for environmental stewardship through targeted service-learning projects in schools and communities along the Trail. The Corps, a PCF program, is South Carolina’s only trail-based AmeriCorps service program for young adults.
“Dominion is a fantastic partner and champion of the Palmetto Trail,” said Natalie Britt, Executive Director of Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF). “We can only achieve our mission thanks to partners like Dominion,” she said. That mission is to conserve South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote outdoor recreation through trails and greenways.
Since arriving in South Carolina four years ago, Dominion Energy and the Dominion Foundation have provided grant dollars for trail construction, company volunteers for trail maintenance, and now a vehicle for the Corps.
“Dominion Energy is thrilled to continue our partnership with Palmetto Conversation Foundation and provide a vehicle for their Corp members,” said Kristen Beckham, External Affairs for Dominion Energy. “We applaud the Foundation’s mission to conserve natural and cultural resources and look forward to our continued work together to make South Carolina communities grow and prosper.”
The Palmetto Trail is South Carolina’s premier cross-state trail for hiking, backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, camping, and other active outdoor recreation. The Trail stretches 500 miles across 14 counties from Walhalla in the mountains to Awendaw on the coast, showcasing South Carolina’s natural beauty, fascinating history, and rich rural and urban culture. Multiple passages and trailheads make the Trail accessible from anywhere in the state. To learn more, visit www.palmettoconservation.org.
About Palmetto Conservation
The mission of Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) is to conserve South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote outdoor recreation through trails and greenways. Founded in 1989, PCF is a statewide nonprofit organization with headquarters in Columbia. PCF’s largest and best-known project is building and maintaining the mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail. In 2016, PCF inaugurated the Palmetto Conservation Corps to help interested young adults in South Carolina learn skills in trail maintenance and construction, assist with disaster recovery, and develop as the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders. The Palmetto Conservation Corps is South Carolina’s only trail-based AmeriCorps service program for young adults. To learn more about Palmetto Conservation, the Palmetto Trail and the Palmetto Conservation Corps, visit www.palmettoconservation.org and Facebook/palmettoconservation, or call 803-771-0870.
About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,000 megawatts of electric generation, 14,800 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with approximately 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves nearly 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion Energy, visit the company’s website at www.dominionenergy.com.
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