From Mike Archbold’s “Word on the Street” blog:
The state’s three national parks are receiving $200,000 in grants from Washington’s National Park Fund, the fund announced this week.
The grants to Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national
parks come from another successful fund raising year by the fund. The fund is the official philanthropic partner for the state’s three national parks and collaborates with them to obtain support
for priority projects.
The parks will use the funds this year for a wide
range of purposes, from site restoration to wildlife monitoring to
public education and enrichment programs.
Contributions were raised from a variety of private sources, including
individuals, corporations and foundations, plus several special events
and proceeds from the sale of the state’s national park license plate.
Donors to Washington’s National Park Fund live in every state of the
U.S. plus Japan, Canada and the UK.
Mount Rainier National Park is receiving more than $72,000 to support
Camping Adventures with My Parents (CAMP), Connecting Kids to Parks,
volunteer outreach, and the Paradise Meadow Restoration project.
CAMP is bringing inner city youths and their families to the park this summer to experience camping.
"The Washington’s National Park Fund grants will enable Mount Rainier
National Park to create new opportunities for people to establish
meaningful connections with their parks by introducing urban-based
families to the camping experience and young people to the mountain, and
through volunteerism," said Randy King, Acting Superintendent of Mount
Rainier National Park. "We are very excited about these programs and
deeply appreciative of Washington’s National Park Fund, and of the
generosity of the individuals and companies."
North Cascades National Park will receive a total of $55,000 for a volunteer shelter at Marblemount, a Botanical Forays project, and a Landbird Inventory and Monitoring project.
Olympic National Park will receive more than $72,000 to study and protect Roosevelt elk, monitor the Fisher restoration, and assess and conserve Olympic marmot populations.
To learn more about the Washington’s National
Park Fund, visit the Web site at wnpf.org or call 253-566-4644.