FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The funds are currently being used to enhance the college’s landscaping with WVU Parkersburg’s student environmental group, the Ecohawks, providing assistance with the update.
The purpose of this grant and campus wildlife renovation is to demonstrate the value of using native trees and plant species to attract birds and insect pollinators. The college has already used some of the funds to beautify WVU Parkersburg’s nature trail. The trail entrance now features two flowering dogwoods, a major food source for birds on fall migrations and a larval host for butterflies, as well as other plants to encourage wildlife to visit the campus.
“This is truly a beneficial endeavor for our environment,” said Rebecca Phillips, WVU Parkersburg professor of English and Ecohawks co-advisor. “This grant will also provide a fantastic learning opportunity for our students.”
The students intend to maintain the nature trail, viewing it as an outdoor classroom. They are pleased with the landscaping success and have helped care for the plants during the dry months of August and September.
For more information about the Ecohawks and plans for the FirstEnergy Foundation grant, contact Rebecca Phillips at 304.424.8282.