September 25, 2008
Elk Country Visitor Center Receives Dominion Gift
WINSLOW HILL, Pa., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, continues to support elk conservation and education in Pennsylvania. The Dominion Foundation today announced a $250,000 gift to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for a new Elk Country Visitor Center to be constructed in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
"Dominion has been a great supporter of the Elk Foundation in Pennsylvania for over 14 years. It has steadily contributed to elk habitat enhancement, stewardship and relocation projects, and now is generously helping with a state-of-the-art elk conservation education and tourism center near Winslow Hill," said Rawley Cogan of the Elk Foundation.
Dominion made the announcement at the groundbreaking ceremony held today. The center is expected to be complete in late 2009.
The new Elk Country Visitor Center, a $12 million project, is being developed around local input and a wide variety of public and private partners. Planned designs, exhibits and programs are the result of partnerships between the Elk Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Benezette Township residents, local officials and business owners, educators and students.
Gary L. Sypolt, president of Dominion Transmission, said, "Our company appreciates and values our long-term relationship with the Elk Foundation. We're proud to support the Elk Country Visitor Center as well as many other conservation and education projects that bring meaning and quality of life to Pennsylvanians."
Dominion will be recognized by name at special elk viewing blinds at the center.
Cogan is leading the Elk Foundation's capital campaign. Fundraising is now three-fourths complete. For more information, visit http://www.pennsylvaniarmef.org/ or contact the Elk Foundation at 800-CALL ELK.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Missoula, Mont., the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. The Elk Foundation and its partners have permanently protected or enhanced over 5.2 million acres, a land area larger than Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia combined. More than 500,000 acres previously closed to public access are now open for hunting, fishing and other recreation. To help protect wild elk country or learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit http://www.elkfoundation.org/ or call 800-CALL-ELK.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,500 megawatts of generation, 1.1 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves, 14,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,000 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage facility with 975 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com/.
Media: Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766 or [email protected] Rawley Cogan, Elk Foundation Lands Program Manager, 814-787-7530 or [email protected] Elmore Lockley, Dominion, 412-232-6767 or [email protected]
CONTACT: Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, +1-800-654-3766,[email protected]; or Rawley Cogan, Elk Foundation Lands ProgramManager, +1-814-787-7530, [email protected]; or Elmore Lockley of Dominion,+1-412-232-6767, [email protected]
Web site: http://www.dom.com/http://www.elkfoundation.org/http://www.pennsylvaniarmef.org/