Duke Energy Foundation makes $10,000 donation to Kalmia Gardens

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HARTSVILLE, SC – Kalmia Gardens of Coker College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to restore the Gardens’ natural habitat through the removal of nonnative invasive plant species (NNIS).   

“Of all the environmental threats out there, the invasion of nonnative invasive species is one of the greatest threats to our ecosystems,” said Dan Hill, Assistant Director Kalmia Gardens of Coker College. “It is also a threat we can get control of to have a positive outcome. With support from organizations like the Duke Energy Foundation, small, nonprofit entities like Kalmia Gardens can be equipped with the necessary resources to combat this huge problem in such a way that the native habitat is restored and protected, while, at the same time, educate the public about the perils of nonnative invasive species.”

“The Pee Dee region is home to beautiful and treasured natural resources,” said Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “We are proud to invest resources and work alongside community partners like the folks at Kalmia Gardens to ensure future generations enjoy the benefits of the nature around us.”

For more information, please contact Dan Hill, assistant director, Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, at 843.383.8145 or dhill@coker.edu.

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