Meet NPT’s Youth Leadership Team

National Park Trust is excited to introduce you to our 2019-2020 youth leadership team! We have expanded our existing Ambassador program to include two new roles: Buddy Bison Student Representatives and Buddy Bison Ambassador Alumni. These youth leaders not only love to discover parks and share their experiences with other kids, but they are also dedicated stewards of our public lands.

Soda Dam at Valles Caldera

Valles Caldera’s hot springs are up for sale – You can save them!

America’s beloved national park sites are protected for all of us to enjoy because of people like you. We know you believe our treasured landscapes should be defended against destructive development.

The last privately owned acres inside Valles Caldera National Preserve is for sale. This is your chance to permanently protect this land and complete the park!

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Valles Caldera is one of only five places in America featuring geothermal wonders, including sulfuric acid fumaroles, hot springs, natural gas seeps, and mudpots. And all of those features are on the last piece of private land located inside the park’s boundaries.

Situated in the caldera of a supervolcano, the Preserve protects:

  • 40 miles of pristine trout streams
  • 66,118 acres of conifer forests
  • 17 endangered plant and animal species, and
  • 25,000 acres of grassland grazed by New Mexico’s largest herd of elk.

Use of this enchanting landscape dates back to prehistoric times – Obsidian spear points dating to 11,000 years ago have been discovered in the area.

Your support will not only preserve the only geothermal features in the caldera, but also ensure that visitors will finally have a chance to explore them.

Protection of this parcel would also mean that the last unmanaged portion of the Sulfur Creek headwaters would be protected by the Park Service, ensuring oversight of water quality flowing downstream.

We need 100 park lovers to make a gift of $350, or any amount to complete VallesCaldera National Preserve – Will you be one of the 100?

With your gift, we can negotiate the transfer of this spectacular piece of Valles Calderato the National Park System right away.

The threat of a for-profit geothermal resort being built on the parcel is real, but I know with your help, we can save this place and ensure that park visitors can be can delighted and inspired by all that it has to offer.

Can we count on you to make a gift today?

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Photo courtesy of Mathew Dillon.

Another Great Year!

Thanks to your support, this year, National Park Trust was able to provide funding for outdoor education experiences for nearly 20,000 children as well as complete projects to benefit the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Ebey’s Landing National Historic Preserve, and Zion National Park. Take a look at all that we have accomplished together!

Saving One of the Most Scenic Views on the Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service (NPS) often needs a trusted friend to protect land. It is one of the ways National Park Trust (NPT) works to help our national parks! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) asked NPT to become the owner of 239 acres of land at Hogan Hollow. It will become part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail soon.

Thousands of hikers each year see Hogan Hollow from McAfee Knob. The 3,197-foot overlook is thought to be one of the most scenic views on the AT. They say people take the more pictures here than any other place on the Appalachian Trail. This view could dramatically change if someone built on the property or cut trees, which happened on neighboring land. This project also protects a section of the trail which runs through the property.

The ATC was awarded a grant from the Virginia Outdoor Foundation to make the purchase. The funds were a part of a legal settlement between Virginia and a company that wanted to build a pipeline nearby to offset the environmental impact of construction. The Conservation Fund managed the sale of the property with the land owners.

NPT Executive Director Grace Lee stated, “We are always willing to provide our expertise and support to benefit national park sites, and are pleased to be able to assist the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund in preserving this land for park visitors to enjoy in perpetuity.”