If you've been a part of the growing number of donors to Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks through Washington's National Park Fund, here's a SAMPLING of what you've helped to create:
New watering tanks that are KEY in the revegetation process at
Mount Rainier National Park
A new ranger station at Glacier Meadows in Olympic National Park
A new volunteer shelter at Marblemount in North Cascades National Park
New youth programs at all three parks * Ongoing investments in trail maintenance
Additional funds for equipment and training for the parks'
Search and Rescue (SAR) programs
More research of marmots, fishers, elk, bear, and fisheries underway
Increased native plants being replanted * Scholarships for advanced SAR training for park rangers
The list goes on, and on, and on. Over the past five years, Washington's National Park Fund has given more than $1.4 million to these parks. This money allows our beloved National Parks to prioritize these four core areas:
* Focusing on Science and Research of flora (plants) and fauna (animals) by funding research projects
* Improving Visitor Experiences by enhancing trails and campgrounds, supporting the parks' Search and Rescue efforts, and improving signage and shelters throughout the parks
* Expanding Volunteer Programs by strengthening the parks' ability to bring in more volunteers who serve as "Meadow Rovers", help with trail maintenance, and plant seedlings in precious places
* Strengthening Youth Programs that are creating the next generation of Passionate Parks People
How is all of this money generated? Through these programs:
* License Plate Program that generated more than $120,000 last year. And this is thanks to the more than 4,400 individuals who have National Park plates in Washington State!
* Guest Lodge Donation Programs up in the parks. When guests check into one of the parks' lodges (i.e., Paradise Inn, National Park Inn, Lake Crescent Lodge, Log Cabin Resort, Sol Duc Hot SpringsResort, and the Lodge at Stehekin), more than 95% say "yes" when asked if they'd like to give a gift back
* Spring Dinner and Auction that comes around each year (Mark your calendar for April 12, 2013!)
* Year-End Support that generates thousands of dollars each year from individuals like you
* Estate Gifts that are on the rise; more people are including Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks in their wills
* Corporate and Foundation Support from our friends at Starbucks, Outdoor Research, Clatter and Din, BES Events, and The McKibben-Merner Family Foundation (to name a few)
All of this happens because people like you care deeply. These parks continue to both need and deserve our support; please give at this special time of year. And thanks to everyone who's been a part of the $1.4 million given over the past five years!
Donovan Rafferty, Board President Laurie Ward, Executive Director
A big welcome goes out to Washington's National Park Fund's newest Board Members!
Cleve Pinnix; retired National Park Service employee and all-around hero
Jeannette Privat; Supervisor, Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center at the Redmond Library
Dana Visser; Senior Instructional Designer, Liberty Mutual Surety