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LOCAL EVENT RECEIVES COMMUNITY ENERGY GRANT

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Dec. 21, 2012 – THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The Texas A&M University Forest Service was given a new reason to celebrate this holiday season receiving a grant from Entergy Texas, Inc. for $5,000 towards the 2013 Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo. The event is scheduled to take place March 23, 2013.

Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling is designed to help families learn a little about the land on which they live — and how to best take care of it — through hands-on clinics, live demonstrations and children’s activities.

“This is really a great way for families to get outside and have fun together — and learn a little something in the process,” said John Warner, urban district forester with Texas Forest Service and one of the event founders.

“Our motto is: Play for a day, learn for a lifetime. If we can make learning fun, then you’re more likely to take that information and apply it when you get back home. That’s our goal.”

Texas A&M Forest Service, and partnering agencies have been conducting the expo in the Conroe area for the last five years.

Entergy Texas, Inc. has awarded nearly $80,000 to more than 30 organizations in the local area through their micro grant program and charitable foundation grants.

“Investing in our communities means more than providing electricity,” Melissa Bochat, customer service manager, Entergy Texas, Inc. “It also means helping our customers accomplish the goals they have for their home towns. It is a privilege to be able to provide funds from our micro grant program to turn dreams into reality.”           

About Entergy Texas, Inc
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

For more information on Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling or a detailed schedule of events, go to http://expo.tamu.edu.

Contacts:
John Warner,  Urban District Forester
Texas A&M Forest Service, 936-546-3169,
jwarner@tfs.tamu.edu  

Linda Moon, Communications Manager
Texas A&M Forest Service, 979-458-6614,
lmoon@tfs.tamu.edu

Note: Texas A&M Forest Service offices are closed Dec. 24-Jan.1. Reporters seeking assistance should email newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu, and the on-call communications specialist will respond.