Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119
For Immediate Release
STRATFORD, VA, (June 5, 2013) –Stratford Hall was among the 17 organizations receiving grants in the first round of a $500,000 environmental grant program by The Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Virginia Power.
“We are pleased that The Dominion Foundation has recognized the importance of Stratford’s nature trails through awarding of this $10,000 grant,” said Paul Reber, Executive Director. “As we seek to upgrade our nature trails, provide our visitors with new maps and signage, this grant is a significant step toward accomplishing our goal.”
Stratford’s six nature trails on the 1,900 acre property span from the historic area around the Great House down to the beach on the Potomac River. They include the Spring House, Vault, Little Meadow, Silver Beech, Mill Overlook and Mill Pond Trails. The trails serve as a natural resource for leisure and education and are used by a growing number of visitors.
In recent years the trails have been damaged by several storms, including Hurricane Irene in 2011. In addition, both the trial markers and trail map have outlasted their productive life. The overall project will include trail restoration, new trail signage, and a new trail map.
“Providing grants for environmental projects is one of the mainstays of our corporate giving program,” said Paul Koonce, chief executive officer of Dominion Virginia Power. “We know supplying electric power affects our world, so we focus on obeying environmental laws and regulations, operating our units efficiently and giving back to our communities.”
Stratford Hall is open daily to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stratford Hall is located at 483 Great House Road, Stratford, in Westmoreland County. For more information call 804-493-8038 or visit www.StratfordHall.org.