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State’s national parks get $200,000 grants

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm with No Comments »
July 8, 2009 2:50 pm

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.

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