NPT News - October 2012

October 2012 ISSUE

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In this month's issue:

NPT Partnership Protects Crucial Inholding at Zion National Park

At Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, NPT has partnered with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), to protect a 30-acre property on the Kolob Terrace at the foot of Tabernacle Dome, a steeply rounded peak rising to 6,430 ft. from Cave Valley. An anonymous donor, working with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and TPL, donated $825,000 so the land could be purchased and given to the park. NPT is providing funds to accomplish the important due diligence steps to complete the acquisition of the land from a private owner. "NPT is very pleased to work with The Trust for Public Land on this important preservation effort by providing critical resources that are needed to complete this project," stated Jonathan Cohen, NPT board member.

The land can be viewed near the scenic Kolob Terrace Road and the Tabernacle Dome, which are beautiful sites popular for hiking, camping, and nature watching. Protection of this 30-acre property expands public access and ensures that views cherished by visitors will not be diminished by development.

NPT Takes on Stewardship Role to Save Desert Tortoises in Mojave

NPT has entered into an agreement to provide interim stewardship of a new 7-acre facility near Mojave National Preserve that will help save the area’s endangered desert tortoises.

The Desert Tortoise Research Facility was built by Chevron Environmental Management Corporation in 2010. Starting this past Spring, researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of California at Davis have used pens at the Facility for the safe hatching and nurturing of baby desert tortoises, and to research ways to protect them in the wild.

Chevron built the Facility under a Special Use Permit with the National Park Service (NPS), and has agreed to turn over ownership of the Facility to NPS. However, before this can be done, NPS must comply with a variety of governmental administrative steps, including a boundary change to Mojave National Preserve so that the Facility can ultimately lie within this amazing desert Preserve’s formal boundaries.

In order to best allow the research and nurturing activities to go forward while waiting for these steps to be completed, Chevron asked NPT to take over interim stewardship of the Facility until NPS itself can do it, sometime in 2013.

As Ray Sherbill, an attorney and NPT Trustee who donated time to the project, explained, “NPT is a nimble and trusted partner to both government agencies and private companies and charities. We are glad we could quickly step in to fill a gap that will help protect more of these threatened tortoises and speed up the full use of this important Desert Tortoise Research Facility.” Read more...
 
October Brings Exciting Park Experiences for Our Buddy Bison Schools

This month, Hollydale Elementary School traveled to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, GA and Washington Latin Public Charter School visited the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Over the course of two days, Hollydale Elementary students hiked the scenic mountain trails and learned about life as a Civil War soldier through a personally tailored education module. The students' park experience and ongoing participation in our Buddy Bison school program was possible through generous support from Southern Company.

During the trip to the National Arboretum, Washington Latin Public Charter School 5th graders hiked at the Fern Valley and learned about plants at the Youth, Herb, and Bonsai Gardens. The Youth Garden is one of DC’s urban treasures; a public garden primarily maintained by children for the purpose of exciting and educating students about the plants that are important to people. Thanks to our corporate sponsors, both schools had invaluable opportunities to get outside and explore public lands near them.

 

Plan Ahead This Year, Pre-Order Your 2013 NPT Calendar!

With the close of another year, NPT is pleased to announce its 2013 Calendar, which is available for pre-order. From Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Mojave National Preserve, the calendar contains exciting facts about our public lands and about NPT’s preservation and education initiatives across the country. Pre-order your calendar by contacting Shana Newman-Fajardo at shana@parktrust.org or at (301) 279-7211x15.

Win a Prize in NPT's Facebook Photo Contest!

While summer is over, Buddy Bison is still traveling to parks all over the country. We want you to continue sharing your own adventures with Buddy! All you need is a camera, Buddy Bison, and a desire to explore the great outdoors! Post your best photo with your name and the name of the park visited on NPT's Facebook page by November 15th. The uploaded photo that has the most “likes” from peers and friends will win a Buddy Bison prize pack! Contest will end November 30, 2012!

 
NPT Announces New Park Projects Director

NPT is pleased to welcome Dick Ring to the staff as Park Projects Director. In this position, he will be working with NPT partners, supporters, and park agency representatives to identify and accomplish park protection and mitigation projects across the country. “I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to the work of NPT. Their long record of accomplishments along with their commitment to both the protection of parks and to connecting new generations to the parks make it a pleasure,” said Ring.

Dick comes to NPT after a 35 year career with the National Park Service. He has served in numerous positions including; 19 years as park superintendent at Gates of the Arctic National Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Dick also served four years in Washington as an Associate Director of NPS. Since his retirement from NPS, Dick has worked with the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy at the University of Miami, served on the Board of the Florida National Parks Association and has done consulting work in management and ecosystem policy. He is also a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and its World Council on Protected Areas.

"NPT is delighted to welcome Dick Ring to our team. His decades of past experience with the National Park Service will be very valuable as we expand our park preservation programs," stated Grace Lee, NPT Executive Director.

 

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