NPT News - July 2013

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As NPT celebrates our 30-year anniversary, we would like to highlight some of our milestone accomplishments each month in our newsletter. Did you know that in our three decades we have been involved with more than 100 park projects that have benefited 47 units of the National Park system and other public lands in 31 states? We have worked with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuges, and state parks.

This month we feature the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Thank you for your continued support!

Grace Lee
Executive Director

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments

Protecting the Vast Tallgrass Prairie

Over the past 30 years, the National Park Trust has preserved thousands of acres of parklands for our country. One project that stands out is the former Spring Hill Ranch located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. For many decades, the National Park Service had identified the country’s tallgrass prairie ecosystem as an important “missing piece” of the National Park System. Then, during 1990 and 1991, the National Park Service conducted a special resource study which concluded that the Spring Hill Ranch was a nationally significant example of the tallgrass prairie, and would be ideal to fill that gap in our National Parks.

As a result in March 1994, NPT purchased the 10,894 acre Spring Hill Ranch in Kansas. In purchasing the ranch, NPT assured that there would be permanent protection of this vast Flint Hills property, with its acres of rolling grasslands, streams, a landmark 19th century mansion and stone barn, and its historic one-room schoolhouse on a grassland hill (pictured here)...Read more

Artist rendering of the outdoor classroom.

Nature in the Twin Cities:

Nonprofits, Foundations and Kids Raise Money for Local Park.

National Park Trust successfully secured a grant from the 3M Foundation to provide resources for the design and construction of an outdoor classroom at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, an award-winning city park on the edge of downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. These generous resources are also being matched by another substantial gift secured by the local friends group, the Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) from the McNeely Foundation. In addition, 3rd-grade Buddy Bison students from the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland -- located 1,000 miles from the sanctuary -- learned about this project from NPT and decided to designate their Pennies for Parks fund to support this project. They used their artistic talents to craft and sell 65 bracelets!

As a result of these collaborative efforts, this project will be completed in fall 2013. The grant from the 3M Foundation will also be used to bring local students from under-served schools to the sanctuary.... Read more

Lady Liberty is now reopened!

Lady Liberty Stands Tall

On July 4th, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island reopened to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October of last year. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) along with other dignitaries were all in attendance for the official re-opening ceremony.

“Though visitors have not been on Liberty Island in months, our staff, contractors and partners have been working tirelessly to get the park ready for the reopening. It is a testament to their dedication and perseverance that we are opening on July 4,” said Dave Luchsinger, superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument.

On your next visit make sure to check the Visitor Center bookstore to get your Buddy Bison and send us photos of him with you and Lady Liberty!

Two-year-old Cooper with Buddy Bison at
Muir Woods, CA

Summer Travels with Buddy Bison

Buddy Bison has been on some great trips already this summer, but there is plenty of summer left to keep exploring parks and public lands with him! If you don’t have your own Buddy you can get one here. Make sure to share your photos and stories with us on facebook, twitter, or at

When you purchase our lovable, woolly mascot you help send an under-served child to a park. All proceeds benefit our Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund.

NPT Receives Honors

We are proud to report that NPT has once again received a Top-Rated ranking with Charity Watch and has been selected as "one of the best small charities of the Greater Washington region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. In addition, NPT has met all 20 criteria of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. Click here to support the mission of National Park Trust.

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