In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and National Wild & Scenic Rivers systems in 2018, the National Park Foundation announced 20 grants that will enhance the country’s national trails and wild and scenic rivers and provide increased public access, according to a press release.
“Trails and rivers bring people together for shared experiences that last a lifetime,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “The National Park Foundation’s grants help maintain these treasured resources and enable more people to connect with them and each other.”
These grants demonstrate the impact of the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. To date, this fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of America’s treasured national parks has raised more than $500 million in private donations from individuals, foundations and companies.
“With the National Park Foundation’s support for these projects, the 50th anniversary will have a lasting impact for our nation’s wild and scenic rivers and national trails,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “This is a wonderful legacy that will last well beyond this celebratory year, ensuring that more Americans can enjoy these exceptional places for years to come.”
The projects align with and advance the Department of the Interior priorities related to creating a conservation and stewardship legacy, modernizing infrastructure, increasing access to recreational opportunities and working with local communities.