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Employee volunteer plants milkweed in pollinator habitat
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania provided a $2,500 donation to the non-profit organization, Wildlife for Everyone Foundation to provide schools in Lawrence County with a pollinator garden. The Pollinator Garden program provides teachers in Lawrence County with a Pollinator Resource Guide that includes information on the existing pollinator problem, the importance of pollinating insects, the types of plants that attract pollinators and how to construct an effective pollinator garden. 

“The declining pollinator problem is a critical environmental issue that is getting a lot of attention. Pollinators are essential to the transference of pollen from one plant to another which ensures the continuance of crops we rely on for food,” said Brian Stone, Manager of Howard Nursery. 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery administers the new Pollinator Garden program. The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation raises funds to help subsidize these programs which are available at no cost to all students in Pennsylvania. 

The goal of the Pollinator Garden program is to offer youth hands-on educational opportunities, engaging kids with nature. In addition to creating an awareness of the natural world, these experiences provide youth with a newfound ownership of their environment and an appreciation for conservation practices that will impact their future actions. 

“Columbia Gas is committed to environmental stewardship,” said Mike Huwar, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President. “We are humbled to support community organizations like Wildlife for Everyone Foundation that help continue these vital conservation programs for youth.”

Donations to the Seedlings for Schools or Pollinator Garden programs may be made to the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation indicating the donation intent and sent to the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, Suite 103, State College, PA 16803. 

About Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to approximately 433,000 customers. With headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, it is one of NiSource’s seven regulated utility companies. NiSource (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands.  More information about Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and NiSource is available at www.ColumbiaGasPA.com and www.nisource.com.

About Wildlife for Everyone Foundation
The vision of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is to be the leading advocate for wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania. The foundation was formed in 2004 to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support for wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations, the Seedlings for Schools and Pollinator Garden programs and student educational opportunities. The Foundation’s mission connects all wildlife and nature enthusiasts to the great outdoors, including birders, hunters, anglers, students and everyone with an appreciation for nature’s treasures. For more information, visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org.

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