Carolyn Hill, Director of National Parks Grants and Programs, recently shared how your donations help fund project grant requests from park rangers. As you may remember, one of my goals this year is to ‘pay it forward’ each week, and I chose that one week of each month will be for our National Parks. I can’t afford a huge donation, but I know any is a help.
From across the national park system, these rangers requests represent programs and projects that protect critical ecosystems, connect people to a moment in American history, and inspire teachers and students to become great environmental stewards for the parks.
Donors have recently helped fund projects like:
Gunnison National Park: Wildlife and human safety was improved in the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park with implementation Black Bear Management Plan, a cooperative using funds to purchase and install bear-proof food lockers in developed campgrounds and provide educational materials to park visitors.
Mammoth Cave National Park: With the support of tax-deductible donations, we were able to help reintroduce 150 Kentucky Coffeetrees into their historic native habitat at Mammoth Cave National Park. The Kentucky Coffeetree is a rare tree in North America due to over-harvesting and loss of habitat. Planting these trees will ensure continued growth of this species.
Donations are also helping to expand the number of high schools in western Maryland involved in the Citizen Scientist Water Quality Monitoring Program at the C&O Canal and are empowering “Green Stewards” to design alternative energy systems for structures in Rocky Mountain National Park.
With your support this year, I know the Foundation will be able to expand funding for programs that continue to protect, connect and inspire throughout our national parks.