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STATE PARKS, VIRGINIA POWER FORM PARTNERSHIP

 STATE PARKS, VIRGINIA POWER FORM PARTNERSHIP
 RICHMOND, Va., May 18 /PRNewsiwre/ -- The Virginia State Parks and


Virginia Power have formed a partnership to strengthen the parks' role as environmental education centers.
 The partnership will include environmental and ecology camps and workshops for teachers and students, as well as some physical improvements at the parks. For example, more than 200 Richmond-area Virginia Power volunteers this weekend helped to renovate a campsite and grounds at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County. The improvements will enable park personnel to use the facility for ecology and nature programs. State park employees are overseeing the improvements. The park system is managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Division of State Parks.
 This summer an ecology camp sponsored by Virginia Power for high school students from the Richmond area will be held in part at Pocahontas. Over the next few years, Virginia Power and the division plan to work together to identify and develop opportunities in the state park system for additional environmental education programs, particularly those for high school students and teachers.
 "Our company has a strong commitment to protecting the environment, and we believe education plays a vital role in this effort," said James T. Rhodes, president and chief executive officer of Virginia Power. "Our partnership will enhance the parks' value as centers for environmental education, as well as their role as showcases for the commonwealth's natural resources."
 "With tight budgets and an increased demand for our offerings by the general public, volunteerism and corporate partnerships will play an increasingly important role in our operations," said Dennis Baker, acting director of the Division of State Parks. "We hope our partnership with Virginia Power will provide a model for other joint efforts to promote environmental education through our park system."
 Virginia Power district offices and power stations will be encouraged to develop partnerships with state parks in their localities. Cooperative efforts are already underway at several parks. Volunteers from Virginia Power's Surry Power Station this weekend applied stain to the visitors center at Chippokes State Park in Surry County, and volunteers from the utility's Farmville District have cleared land at Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County. The work is part of a project to develop a conference and educational center at Twin Lakes.
 This weekend 10 buildings, including a group of five cabins, were renovated at Pocahontas. More than 200 Virginia Power employees and their families took park in the work. In addition, Virginia Power and the division have sponsored a project to modernize Pocahontas' activity hall through the installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new kitchen equipment. The remodeled center will be used for environmental workshops. As renovations progress in other parks, Virginia Power intends to hold ecology camps and programs at other locations in the state system.
 "Promoting environmental awareness is one of the missions of the parks, but limited resources have curtailed their ability to sponsor these programs," Rhodes said. "We hope the partnership will help remedy that situation."
 "Virginia Power's interest in environmental education was a real catalyst for some much-needed improvements at Pocahontas, and we look forward to working with the company and the volunteers at other parks," Baker said.
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 /CONTACT: R. Gary Waugh Jr., Virginia Division of State Parks, 804-786-5045/
 (D) CO: Virginia Power; Virginia Division of State Parks ST: Virginia IN: UTI SU: JVN


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