Entergy Funding Helps Establish William Kirsch Preserve in West Little Rock
Support from the Entergy Charitable Foundation helped The Nature Conservancy bring conservation to urban central Arkansas by funding the creation of the William Kirsch Preserve.
Now Entergy is announcing $1.1 million of new Entergy Charitable Foundation grant awards, provided to community improvement partners in states where the company operates. The new awards bring the program’s total 2017 contributions to $2.4 million. A list of new recipients can be viewed here.
The Entergy Charitable Foundation is just one of a variety of Entergy programs that support nonprofits in local communities. In total, Entergy Corporation supports more than 2,200 nonprofits annually with charitable contributions of approximately $16 million.
For The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, a $100,000 Entergy Charitable Foundation grant awarded in 2015 helped the nonprofit organization purchase property to establish the William Kirsch Preserve within Ranch North Woods in west Little Rock. The preserve presents a rare slice of nature for public enjoyment in a busy part of the city and serves as a convenient spot for hiking, biking and paddling near Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
Entergy’s grant also funded activities to protect water quality along the Little Maumelle River in the preserve to enhance existing wetlands, reforest portions of fields and reestablish native plants.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Entergy Charitable Foundation, the William Kirsch Preserve within Ranch North Woods is a place for Arkansans to experience nature in the city,” said Scott Simon, director of The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas.
“Protecting the environment is one of the most important ways We Power Life and brighten futures in our communities,” said Melanie Taylor, vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas. “Entergy was pleased to help The Nature Conservancy make the William Kirsch Preserve a space dedicated to natural resources conservation and positive outdoor experiences for visitors.”
Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are awarded twice a year. In Arkansas, more than $550,000 was awarded to nonprofits through the Entergy Charitable Foundation in 2017.