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Addition to Montour Preserve Visitors' Center Will Enhance PP&L, Inc. Environmental Education Programs

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The opening Thursday (10/29) of an Environmental Education Center at PP&L, Inc.'s Montour Preserve will enhance company programs that promote environmental awareness, conservation of resources and nature research.

``Environmental responsibility is a corporate value that we live every day at PP&L,'' said John F. Sipics, vice president of Delivery Services and Economic Development for PP&L, Inc. ``Our new education center -- which provides children, teachers, families and nature-lovers of all ages a first- class facility for learning about the environment -- is one more example of that commitment.''

John C. Oliver, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources joined Sipics at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. DCNR provided a $186,000 Keystone Grant to help fund construction of the facility, which more than doubles the size of the Montour Preserve Visitors' Center.

``This building is a testament to the power of partnerships,'' Sipics said. The project would not have been possible without DCNR funding. The grant application was sponsored by the Montour County commissioners and prepared by the regional SEDA Council of Governments on behalf of Montour Preserve.

``We are pleased and honored that local and state governments value Montour Preserve enough to invest their resources to support its expansion,'' Sipics added.

The expansion provides a larger space for meetings, environmental education and nature programs; a natural resources library; two classrooms; an outdoor laboratory for pond studies; and office space for the North Central Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Included in the education center are two special learning kiosks, equipped with touch screens and special features for the hearing impaired.

State agencies -- such as the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- will be able to use the new facility for training and programs. In addition, Montour Preserve is used extensively by 20 school districts and Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 for teacher workshops and student programs.

Montour Preserve is a 965-acre outdoor recreation and education center and nature preserve operated by PP&L, Inc. in association with its Montour power plant near Washingtonville, Pa.

The preserve attracts thousands of visitors each year for wildlife study, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, cross-country skiing and a host of popular programs such as maple sugaring and folklore. A multisensory Braille trail enables the sight impaired to enjoy the sounds, smells and textures of the forest.

PP&L, Inc. also makes available 4,000 acres of company-owned land near the preserve for hunting through a cooperative farm-game project with tenant farmers and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

PP&L, Inc. also operates outdoor recreation and education centers for public use at Lake Wallenpaupack in Wayne and Pike counties, Holtwood in Lancaster and York counties, and the Susquehanna Riverlands in Luzerne County.

PP&L, Inc. -- a subsidiary of PP&L Resources, Inc. (NYSE: PPL - news) -- generates electricity, provides electric delivery service to 1.2 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania, sells retail electricity throughout Pennsylvania and markets or trades wholesale energy in 26 states and Canada through its Energy Marketing Center.

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