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Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure

NPS Centennial Challenge Program is Matching $20 Million in Congressional Funding with $33 Million from Partner Organizations to Support Maintenance Projects at National Parks

 

WASHINGTON - July 24, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on Saturday, July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

Secretary Zinke and Senator Gardner made the announcement while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which will receive $200,000 in federal funds matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to reduce deferred maintenance on the Alluvial Fan Trail.

"Our national parks span twelve time zones and attract more than 330 million visitors every year. Some locations, like Rocky Mountain National Park, attract millions of visitors alone. This puts an incredible stress on the aging infrastructure at our parks and thanks to Centennial Grants and the generosity of public-private partners, we are able to distribute funds to rebuild our parks," said Secretary Zinke. "Using public-private partnerships to help address the deferred maintenance backlog remains a priority for the Department and the Trump Administration. Park infrastructure includes trails, signage, restrooms, lodges, roads, bridges and waterlines. These funds will help us continue to provide a world-class experience to visitors and ensure that these amazing places are around for future generations."

"Today, I stood alongside Secretary Zinke as he announced critical funding grants for Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park," said Senator Cory Gardner. "We must continue to be good stewards of our National Parks and protect these treasures for future generations. I want to thank Secretary Zinke for highlighting a crown jewel of Colorado's public lands, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the dedicated Park employees that care for this land every day."

"Many of the national parks that Americans treasure today would simply not exist without the strong partnerships and philanthropy that have benefited the national park idea for over a century," said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. "The Centennial Challenge program continues that proud tradition by matching dollars from Congress with generous donations from dedicated partners to make high-impact improvements in parks."

Examples of the more than 50 projects the Centennial Challenge program will fund this year using partner donations and federal matching funds include:

Since 2015 the National Park Service has leveraged over $45 million in funding from congress through the Centennial Challenge program to attract more than $77 million from partner organizations to support over hundreds of projects across the country that have improved visitor services and strengthened partnerships to reinvigorate national parks.

For a complete list of centennial challenge projects and partners please visit http://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/nps-centennial-challenge-projects.htm

 Park Name

 State

Project Title

Federal $

Partner $

Partner

Acadia NP

ME

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails

192,286

259,112

Friends of Acadia

Andersonville NHS

GA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance by Replacing Park Signage

73,071

73,071

Friends of Andersonville

Antietam NB

MD 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Historic Piper Farm

6,000

6,490

Save Historic Antietam Foundation

Apostle Islands NL

WI 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Raspberry Light Station

3,657

3,657

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Badlands NP

SD 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Bison Fence

475,000

475,000

National Park Foundation, World Wildlife Fund

Biscayne NP

FL 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Elliott Key Visitor Center and Replace Park Signage

166,475

170,790

Florida National Parks Association

Blue Ridge Parkway

NC, VA 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Humpback Rocks Farm, Sharp Top Shelter, and Moses Cone Estate

303,149

308,880

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Blue Ridge Parkway

NC, VA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Historic Mabry Mill and Groundhog Mountain Structures

62,863

76,791

National Park Foundation, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP

MD

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Swain's Lockhouse

100,000

108,160

C&O Canal Trust, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, C&O Canal Association

Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP

GA, TN

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Moccasin Bend Orientation Plaza and Park Trails

143,773

287,546

Friends of Moccasin Bend

Cuyahoga Valley NP

OH

Provide Orientation and Interpretation at Visitor Contact Station

1,492,333

1,492,333

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Delaware Water Gap NRA

NJ, PA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance through Replacment of Deteriorating Non-Code Compliant Cabins

1,429,066

1,429,066

Pocono Environmental Education Center

Denali NP & Pres

AK

Support Research for Three Long-Distance Migration Birds, the Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, and Hermit Thrush

23,800

23,800

Alaska Geographic, Denali Education Center

Dry Tortugas NP

FL

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Traverse Magazines at Fort Jefferson

237,637

548,316

HTR Foundation through South Florida NP Trust

Everglades NP

FL

Reduce Deferred Maintenance by Repurposing Deteriorating Facility into Visitor Center - Planning and Design

720,000

800,000

South Florida National Park Trust, Everglades Association

Federal Hall NMem

NY 

Restore and Illuminate the Wall Street Facade at Federal Hall

189,280

300,000

National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy

Gettysburg NMP

PA

Install a Multi-Use Trail to Connect the George Spangler Farm with the Museum and Visitor Center

394,271

459,837

Gettysburg Foundation

Glacier NP

MT

Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species Infestations through Inspections

60,000

60,000

Glacier National Park Conservancy

Golden Gate NRA

CA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Fort Cronkhite

628,912

644,635

NatureBridge

Grand Teton NP

WY

Reduce Deferred Maintenance in South Jenny Lake Visitor Use Area

757,356

1,267,202

Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Great Smoky Mountains NP

NC, TN

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Rainbow Falls Trails and Historic Structures

124,945

312,711

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains NP

NC, TN

Conduct Natural Resource Projects including Native Species Re-introductions and Forest Pest Control

72,000

169,182

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Association

Great Smoky Mountains NP

NC, TN

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the Palmer House Museum and Replace Exhibits

38,470

38,470

Great Smoky Mountains Association

Great Smoky Mountains NP

NC, TN

Conduct Research and Natural Resource Projects on Wildlife Such as Elk, Black Bears, and Exotic Wild Hogs

18,600

55,744

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Hawaii Volcanoes NP

HI

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on and Kilauea Hale

15,600

15,600

Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Kalaupapa NHP

HI

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at the Bayview Complex and Pali Trail Overlook

52,173

52,425

Pacific Historic Parks

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

VT

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Park Trails and Replace Park Signage

45,448

53,617

Woodstock Foundation

Mount Rainier NP

WA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on multiple park trails

24,878

24,878

Washington's National Park Fund

Mount Rainier NP

WA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the Wonderland Trail

89,427

89,427

National Park Foundation

Multiple

Multiple

Complete Deferred Maintenance Projects at Multiple Parks

850,000

850,000

National Park Foundation

National Capital Parks-East

DC

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Carter G Woodson Home National Historic Site - Planning and Design

425,000

425,000

National Park Foundation and other donors

National Mall & Memorial Parks

DC

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Lincoln Memorial and Redesign the Unused Spaces Beneath the Memorial into a Multi-Use Service Area

4,840,000

16,000,000

National Park Foundation

National Mall & Memorial Parks

DC 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

650,000

650,000

National Park Foundation

National Mall & Memorial Parks

DC 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance at West Potomac Park

15,000

16,224

Trust for the National Mall

National Mall & Memorial Parks

DC 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance Near Mt. Vernon Triangle

10,000

10,816

Downtown Business Improvement District

Ocmulgee NM

SC 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on the River Trail and Improve Accessibility

75,000

75,000

NewTown Macon, Georgia Department of Transportation

Padre Island NS

TX 

Protect Sea Turtle Population through Beach Patrols and Nest Recovery

30,000

30,000

Multiple Donors

Pullman NM

IL 

Document and Archive Oral History Recordings

3,750

3,750

National Park Foundation

Pullman NM

IL 

Develop Junior Ranger Program

15,850

15,850

National Park Foundation

Rock Creek Park

DC

Construct Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance

320,000

320,000

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy

Rock Creek Park

DC 

Restore Woodland Area along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway

17,846

71,240

Rock Creek Conservancy

Rock Creek Park

DC

Reduce Deferred Maintenance in Chevy Chase Circle

16,368

17,705

Friends of Chevy Chase Circle

Rocky Mountain NP

CO

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Alluvial Fan Trail

200,000

200,000

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Saguaro NP

AZ

Create Accessible Outdoor Classroom Space

107,323

108,300

Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Park Association, G. Arthur Jansson

Sleeping Bear Dunes NL

MI

Construct Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

561,000

561,000

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. and Michigan Department of Transportation

Tallgrass Prairie NPres

KS

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails

121,935

135,223

National Park Foundation

Thomas Edison NHP

NJ 

Repair Historic Line Shafts in the Heavy Machine Shop

9,999

9,999

Friends of Thomas Edison NHP

Thomas Edison NHP

NJ

Improve Accessibility, Preservation and Educational Use of Edison Archives 1926-1931

49,999

56,746

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Tule Lake Unit

CA

Support Programming for Students to Participate in the Tule Lake Pilgrimage

62,556

130,000

Tule Lake Committee

War in the Pacific NHP

GU

Implement Reef Ranger Summer Camp

7,500

7,500

Pacific Historic Parks

Whiskeytown NRA

CA 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Multiple Park Trails

15,260

15,260

Friends of Whiskeytown

Yellowstone NP

ID, MT, WY 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Trails, Retaining Walls, and Overlooks

2,416,320

2,416,300

Yellowstone Forever

Yellowstone NP

ID, MT, WY 

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Stephens Creek Bison Facility

150,342

154,669

Yellowstone Forever

Yosemite NP

CA

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Lower and Multiple Backcountry Trails

264,002

294,065

Yosemite Conservancy, California Conservation Corp

Zion NP

UT

Reduce Deferred Maintenance on Lower and Middle Emerald Pools Trails

346,337

348,240

National Park Foundation, Zion National Park Foundation

 


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