NPT News - February 2014

February 2014 NEWS
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Mojave Preserve Celebrates Desert Tortoise Research Facility

Last month, Mojave National Preserve, National Park Trust and Chevron celebrated the formal transfer of ownership of the new Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility to the National Park Service. Located on seven acres adjacent to the Preserve, the solar-powered facility and its outdoor dens are being used to hatch, study and protect the threatened desert tortoise. 

"We are indebted to the National Park Trust for enabling this complex transaction. Without their help we would have been unable to accept the facility or maintain the research being conducted there. We look forward to working with the Trust in the future on desert tortoise recovery and our many other mutual interests," stated Superintendent Stephanie Dubois.

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Vento Award to Honor Senator Ron Wyden (OR)

NPT invites you to join us as we honor Senator Ron Wyden (OR) as recipient of the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Currently the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wyden was the immediate past Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. NPT will recognize Senator Wyden for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship, and for his ability to create bipartisan solutions. One of his greatest accomplishments was his leadership on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act which protected more than 150,000 acres in Oregon.

"Preserving Oregon's special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National Parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor," said Sen. Ron Wyden. Read the press release here.

All proceeds from the event will benefit our youth education and park preservation programs. To learn more about this year's event and how you can get involved contact Grace Lee or Matt McKeighan or call 301-279-7275..

Enter the Kids to Parks Day School Contest -- Today!

May is months away but the deadline for the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is just around the corner. Join thousands of students around the country for a day of outdoor park fun; enter the school contest today! Students from grades pre-K through 12 can submit their proposals and win scholarships up to $1,000 for their May park experience. Last year, 42 winners were selected. All entries must be postmarked or emailed by February 28th. 

Contact Billy Schrack ( 301-279-7279 ext:17) for more information.

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Look Where Buddy Bison’s Been!

Buddy Bison students from Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago are featured on the cover of National Park Service's Park Science magazine enjoying the new Nature Play Zone at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Read the full article written by Kim Swift and learn about the importance of unstructured free play here.

Hot Off the Press! Our Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

Thank you for your help to advance our mission and programs this past year. We look forward to our continued partnerships in 2014, as we engage thousands of kids to our natural landscapes and protect critical acreage in our parks and public lands. So go ahead, click on our Annual Report and see how much we have accomplished together in 2013! To learn more about how you can help today, contact Grace Lee or Matt McKeighan or call 301-279-7275.

Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report.

NPS to Assist 350 Communities With Outdoor Projects

This year, more than 350 communities will benefit from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program which will improve parks, create trails and access to waterways, and protect important natural places. Community groups, non-profits, tribes and state and local governments are eligible to apply for the grants. To learn more click here.

Read the full press release here.


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