South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2002

WAL-MART GIVES $1000 TO FOREST EDUCATION

(Columbia,SC) - The Harbison Wal-Mart has contributed $1000 toward forestry environmental education for children. The donation, made to the SC Forestry Foundation, will help fund the annual Wood Magic Forest Fair for fourth-graders.

According to Forest Fair coordinator Russell Hubright, Wal-Mart has consistently supported the Fair since its SC premier four years ago. "We truly thank Wal-Mart for its continuing support," said Hubright. "Without the help of business and industry, this important education effort would not exist."

Wal-Mart Personnel Manager Tammy Freeman said the Harbison store distributes up to $15,000 to worthwhile community projects every year. This is the second year that Wal-Martís support of Wood Magic has been in the form of a cash grant.

At Wood Magic, each participating class spends a half-day exploring forestry and environmental science. More than 700 students visited the Fair during itís six-day run on Harbison State Forest in October.

Wood Magic is jointly sponsored by Clemson University, the SC Forestry Association, the SC Forestry Commission, and the USDA-Forest Service. More than 30 business and industry cooperators provide funds, materials, and staff for the event.

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For more information, contact: Russell Hubright, 803-896-8893

Guy Sabin, Russell Hubright, and Tammy Freeman
Photo, L-R: Guy Sabin, SC Forestry Association; Russell Hubright, SC Forestry Commission; Tammy Freeman, Harbison Wal-Mart


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