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Palouse Audubon Society Receives Grant from Avista Foundation
Third quarter 2013 foundation grants total $8,500 to organizations in Washington and Idaho

Sept. 4, 2013: Hands-on educational opportunities frequently prove to be more engaging for students, bringing them close to the subject matter at hand. Such is the case with the environmental education opportunities offered when students visit the Stateline Wetlands near Moscow, Idaho. The Palouse Audubon Society has received a grant of $1,000 from the Avista Foundation to help fund the construction of a boardwalk within the wetlands area to improve access to the observation deck.
 
“The new boardwalk will provide access during the wet spring months when there is a great deal of activity for visitors to see first-hand,” said Chris Dixon, advisor for the University of Idaho Women in Science program. “With over 120 species of birds, as well as wildlife including frogs, snakes and beavers, the wetlands offer visitors of all ages and abilities unique opportunities to view and interact with this restored ecosystem.”
 
“The wetlands project is an important part of the education and cultural landscape in the Moscow-Pullman area,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista regional business manager for the Palouse. “Improving access to the area via the boardwalk will enhance the experience for students to engage in a broad range of environmental education opportunities.”
 
For the third quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $8,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
Hydro Research Foundation
Evergreen Colorado
Hydro Fellowship Program – WSU student
$4,500
Operation Healthy Family
Spokane, Wash.
Reactor Nation – Anti-bullying Program
$ 1,500
Fresh Start
Coeur d’Alene, ID.
 
Emergency Overnight Warming Center
 
$ 1,500
Palouse Audubon Society
Moscow, Idaho
Wetland Boardwalk Project
$1,000
 
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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