A new 50-foot fiberglass pedestrian bridge will soon span the Palmetto Trail thanks to a $25,000 grant awarded to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation by Dominion Resources, it was announced in Columbia on Saturday.
The bridge, to be constructed in Newberry County on the Enoree Passage, will replace a structure previously washed out by a storm. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is one of 52 organizations across eight states to benefit from Dominion’s support for short-term projects designed to improve the environment and educate the public.
“Expanding the program to include additional communities this year was an exciting prospect,” Dominion’s chief environmental officer Pamela Faggert said. “The response from the nonprofit community was remarkable, and the result is that an even wider variety of programs promoting environmental stewardship received much-needed funding.”
Overall, Dominion has pledged $1.2 million to the 52 recipients. They will receive financial support for programs to protect and preserve natural habitats, monitor and enhance water quality, prevent pollution, improve open spaces, make nature accessible and educate the public about environmental stewardship.
The grants are made available through the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. Since 2003, the Dominion Foundation has given more than $20 million to support environmental projects.