Three coastal, environmental and conservation programs are among 65 nonprofit groups that will receive $1.25 million in grants from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, according to a news release.
A $100,000 grant will go to the Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Foundation to stem coastal land loss by restoring small isolated bay islands and the natural resources and wildlife that rely on them.
The Entergy foundation said the efforts of Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Foundation could double the habitat area for nesting Great Egret, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Laughing Gulls, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Sandwich Tern, Royal Tern and others species.
A $25,000 grant will go to St. Charles Parish for continued development of Wetland Watchers Park, which serves as a recreational area and as a site for area students to learn about wetlands conservation and restoration and the challenges facing wetlands in southeast Louisiana.
A $75,000 grant will go to the national Arbor Day Foundation to help fund its Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps residents save energy by planting the right trees in the right places to shade their homes.
The Entergy Charitable Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation wholly funded by Entergy Corp. shareholders.
The latest funds increase the total amount of grants awarded by the foundation during 2011 to nearly $3.1 million.