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August 25, 2011

Duke Energy funds DNR Jocassee Gorges program, Foothills Trail guidebook

Duke Energy recently made separate grants of $10,000 each to the Jocassee Gorges education and recreation program and to the Foothills Trail Conference for printing its new edition of the trail guidebook.

"Supporting programs for youth and adults to experience the natural lands of the Upstate is important to us," said Duke Energy District Manager Mike Wilson. "Many organizations partner to help maintain and advance these recreational opportunities, and Duke Energy is pleased to be among them."

The grant to the Jocassee Gorges education and recreation program, which has operated as part of the Clemson S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office since 2002, will essentially help fund four programs:

1) The Jocassee Gorges class presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Clemson University;

2) DNR's participation in helping coordinate the Upstate Master Naturalist program;

3) DNR's role in the Foothills Trail Conference and its associated board and recreational outings. The 77-mile Foothills Trail traverses lands owned and managed by both DNR and Duke Energy;

4) Jocassee Gorges educational programs for schools, church, conservation and other groups.
Duke Energy's grant of $10,000 to the Foothills Trail Conference helped print the recently updated version of the Foothills Trail guidebook.

"Duke Energy has been a strong supporter and partner of the Foothills Trail Conference for the past 37 years," said John Park, Foothills Trail Conference board chairman. "Without Duke's support, many projects on and off the trail would not be possible. We are grateful for Duke Energy's ongoing support."

Foothills Trail guidebooks are available on the Foothills Trail website and from local outdoor retailers in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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