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Celebrate Earth Week by Dedicating a Tree in the Sandyland Sanctuary

04/13/2015

Free Program Allows Entergy Customers, Employees to Honor Family, Friends

The Woodlands, Texas -- Mild temperatures, lots of sunshine and green things growing make April the perfect month to celebrate the great outdoors. Nature lovers are invited to dedicate a tree in the Big Thicket's Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary in honor or memory of a special someone. The free program is made possible through Entergy's longtime support of the Texas chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

The dedication program celebrates the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 as well as Arbor Day on April 24 and recognizes a $500,000 grant from Entergy to support wetland restoration and reforestation in the four states the electric utility serves -- Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dedications are free of charge and can be made from a computer, smartphone or tablet using the following URL: entergytexas.com/sandyland.

Once there, provide the name of the person you wish to honor and an email address to notify the person or his or her family. A keepsake certificate can be generated from the email notification.

In the process, you can learn about one of Southeast Texas' true, natural treasures. The Sandyland Sanctuary, which encompasses 5,654 acres in Hardin County, including a portion of Village Creek, is managed by The Nature Conservancy, one of Entergy's environmental partners for more than a decade.

"Over time Entergy has contributed more than $1.5 million to The Nature Conservancy in support of Entergy's mission to create value for all our stakeholders," explained Vernon Pierce, vice president, customer service for Entergy Texas. "Our mission includes protecting natural resources vital to our communities."

The Nature Conservancy Texas used the funds provided by Entergy and other community partners to support reforestation of longleaf pines in the sanctuary with 73,000 seedlings added this year. "The Longleaf pine forest is a disappearing ecosystem, and we are proud of the conservation work our staff is doing. We are very appreciative for Entergy's continuing support," said Wendy Ledbetter, forest program manager for The Nature Conservancy in Texas. "Funding from Entergy helps provide ongoing support so that we have the staff, equipment and supplies to perform wetland forest restoration and land management activities year-round."

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 426,000 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 nearly 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.

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