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Completed Projects

NPT has completed park acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects preserving 45,000 acres in 33 states and 1 U.S. Territory over 34 years. Below are some examples of our work across the country.

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming
Virgin Islands

Alaska

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (1983)

A crucial five acre tract in-holding proposed for a hunting lodge was preserved and turned over to the National Park Service.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (1986)

NPT assisted in the donation of Coal Creek claims to the National Park Service, valued at over 5 million dollars.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (1986)

NPT provided funding and leadership to preserve historical buildings at the Kennecott Copper Mine.

Afognak Island State park (2004)

The National Park Trust (NPT) provided funds to the Brown Bear Trust to help with the preservation of Kodiak Island. With NPT's assistance, they have established a volunteer coordinator who pays particular attention to bear habitat issues.

Arizona

Tumacacori National Historic Park (1997)

NPT assisted the National Park Service in the acquisition of the final 3 acres of this Park.

Arkansas

Ouachita National Forest (2004)

NPT played a critical role in obtaining the conservation easement of the 2,300 acre Johnnycake Ranch, and we continue to hold and monitor it. Johnnycake Ranch provides habitat protection for the American Bald Eagle while benefiting the Wilderness Area and National Forest on its borders. It provides a buffer zone to ensure the continued ecological viability of these federal assets.

California

Redwood National Park (1997)

NPT assisted the NPS in acquiring a fish hatchery in a pristine tract of old growth coastal redwood forest.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (1998)

NPT loaned the National Maritime Museum Association funds necessary to complete a major restoration of the Balclutha, a historic three-mast square-rigger with a steel hull, built in 1886 as a cargo ship. The full-rigged vessel is an important part of the collection at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, and the loan from National Park Trust ensured the ship would survive intact for many years.

Sequoia National Park (1998)

NPT provided funds to complete the purchase of the last remaining private land in the Mineral King/Sequoia National Park area of the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, California. A local rancher who was prospecting struck silver at what became the White Chief Mine, and spawned the silver rush of 1873 to 1881. Today the area is popular with hikers, who can travel the 2.9-mile trail into a scenic and undeveloped area of the park. Before the purchase, the private inholding was being marketed for possible use as a private residence or ski area, with helicopter access.

Joshua Tree National Park (2001)

NPT provided consultant services to assist NPS in acquiring various parcels, ranging in size from 5 to 480 acres.

Point Reyes National Seashore (2001)

NPT staff provided technical assistance on how to proceed with the transfer of major telecommunication in-holding to NPS.

Mojave National Preserve, Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility (2014)

The Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility was acquired and built by Chevron in 2011 as a creative partnership between the company, the National Park Service and National Park Trust. It was part of a settlement to satisfy park land mitigation obligations for impacts by the Mountain Pass rare earth mine on the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. National Park Trust took over custody and management of the facility under a lease from Chevron while the National Park Service completed due diligence for transfer of the property from the corporation to NPS ownership. Under this arrangement, NPS was able to begin research there immediately, over two years ahead of the time when they took ownership of the facility in late 2014. Chevron also donated an additional $491,000 to NPT which is it distributing to NPS over 6-years (2011-2017) for research projects.

Mojave National Preserve (2002 & 1997)

NPT purchased a 1.5-acre parcel containing a historic school house for the National Park Service. NPT then distributed almost $34,000 to local conservation groups from the Hesperia Flood Settlement.

California State Parks (2004)

NPT has been a resource to the State in the protection of a biologically significant hill region.

Yosemite National Park (2010)

NPT partnered with the Pacific Forest Trust to help the National Park Service expand Yosemite National Park’s western boundary to include approximately 1,000 acres which were part of naturalist John Muir’s original vision for the park. NPT has also helped complete the steps needed for the additional acquisition of ‘trophy’ properties under threat of development. Acquisition of these vital lands represented an important milestone in celebration of the park’s centennial celebration in 2016.

Pinnacles National Park (2011)

NPT played a key role in acquiring an 1880's one-room school house known as the Bear Valley School at Pinnacles National Park (formerly Pinnacles National Monument). NPS will stabilize, restore and interpret this historic building for park visitors.

Yosemite National Park – Ackerson Meadow (2016)

NPT partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to acquire and donate an environmentally important adjacent property of 400 acres for inclusion in Yosemite National Park. NPT has provided the due diligence and transaction costs. The NPS has modified the boundary to include the property in the Park. TPL closed on the acquisition in February 2016.

Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park (2016)

In 2016, National Park Trust partnered with Rocky Mountain Conservancy, The Wilderness Land Trust, and local funders to purchase a 12.5-acre property that was going to be listed for sale for only the second time in the last seventy years. With a 2,000 square foot house perched on a rocky overlook and easy motorized access, the demand for this private property within Wild Basin would have been great. It was the largest privately-held, developed parcel located in that area of the Park. The addition of the parcel to the Park and removal of the house and access drive will enable the Park to formally add 33 acres to the federally designated Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Area.

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area (2010)

The National Park Trust and the Wilderness Land Trust formed a partnership and acquired a 10-acre inholding perched on a high ridge within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest. This pristine property is located in the majestic mountain ranges between Aspen and Crested Butte, Colorado. The parcel has been transferred to the US Forest Service for inclusion in the wilderness area.

District of Columbia

Rock Creek Park (2004)

NPT purchased a critical property located at Fort Stevens, a "missing link" which is part of Rock Creek Park.

Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve (1985 & 1990)

NPT purchased 100 acres of privately-held land from 18 separate owners, for incorporation into the Preserve. The agreement with the National Park Service was that the Trust would hold title for the land until federal funds were available to purchase it from them. The NPS was able to buy the property, and thus protect forever an area of ideal habitat for the endangered Florida panther.

Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (2013)

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, NPT helped acquire a critical inholding at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield in Georgia. NPT is also developing a program where students and the community will have an opportunity to work with the park to ensure the property is protected in perpetuity.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (1996)

NPT worked with the National Park Service to purchase three parcels of privately held land at the park. The NPS was able to remove dilapidated buildings on the properties and said it made it possible to create a “welcoming gateway” for visitors to the park. The purchase also made construction of better parking facilities and consequently better access to the park possible.

Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1985)

NPT provided technical assistance in a 5,650-acre federal/state land exchange.

Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument (1997)

NPT helped NPS protect a 37-acre parcel in sensitive watershed, completing the Monument.

Indiana

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (2016)

In August 2013, the superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore asked if NPT would acquire, hold title, and donate two parcels totaling 32.5 acres to the park. The acreage expands the park boundary to connect the visitor center, which was surrounded by private land, with the rest of the park. The project was funded by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NISOURCE Energy as part of a $1.5 million EPA consent decree, with National Park Trust acting as its land mitigation partner. The protection of this parcel prevents the land from being developed, and it will now be used for exhibits on restoration methods used throughout the lakeshore. NPT held title to the properties until the land was transferred to NPS for permanent ownership in 2016.

Lincoln’s Boyhood Home National Memorial (2004)

NPT provided funding to option and then complete the million-dollar acquisition of the Abraham Lincoln boyhood home at Knob Creek Hill, a 232-acre property.

Kansas

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (2005 & 1994)

National Park Trust played a singular role in the establishment of the first national park unit devoted to the natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem –Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas. In 1994, NPT acquired the 10,894-acre Spring Hills/Z-Bar ranch, and began a unique public/private partnership with the National Park Service for development and management of the new park. NPT donated 32 acres of land to the NPS, and retained ownership of the remaining land. In 2005, the Nature Conservancy purchased the remaining acreage and today manages the Preserve in partnership with the National Park Service.

Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (1999)

NPT provided a $10,000 grant for the "option agreement" in order to hold land while the Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage raised the $1 million necessary to acquire the project.

Maine

Acadia National Park (1985)

NPT purchased and donated five acres to the National Park Service, protecting an extensive system of carriage roads.

Maryland

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Oxley Island (1993)

In 1991 NPT purchased the 30-acre island in order to protect the view shed of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The state of Maryland purchased the island in 1993 from NPT, and it is incorporated into the Maryland “Islands of the Potomac” Wildlife Management Area.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (1996)

NPT preserved property atop South Mountain, a site of a Confederate battery during the battle of South Mountain.

Piscataway Park (2001)

NPT provided grants to facilitate the $500,000 preservation of a 56-acre National Park Service parcel that protects the critical view shed from Mount Vernon.

Massachusetts

Minute Man National Historical Park (1991)

NPT purchased the 24-acre Perry Farm, where the minutemen gathered to meet the British troops.

Minnesota

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area (1998)

NPT assisted the City of Dayton, MN with financial support to bridge a “funding gap,” which made it possible to acquire and preserve 20 acres of natural bluffs overlooking the national river.

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (2009 & 2013)

In 2009 National Park Trust partnered with the Apache Software Foundation to incorporate their gracious gift of 300 native trees into the restoration of this unique 27-acre urban park. In a “hands-on” exercise, local school children planted the trees. They became part of the sanctuary’s landscape, which includes spring-fed wetland, a floodplain forest, prairie, and oak woodland habitats. The site also contains an unusual concentration of cultural resources. In 2013, NPT was able to work with the 3M Foundation who provided the lead gift to create an outdoor classroom for the sanctuary.

Missouri

Missouri State Parks Foundation (2003)

The Missouri State Parks Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed in 2002 by of a group of citizens committed to enhancing the state park system across Missouri. Though established in that year, they did not have the funds to begin operation. In 2003, NPT provided the financial assistance needed for the Foundation start-up. The work of the Foundation includes a partnership with Missouri State Parks to sponsor the annual Katy Trail Ride, a bicycle tour on the longest rail trail (241 miles) in the U.S. The Foundation is funded by donation and run by volunteers.

Montana

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (2001)

NPT protected land near Shambow Lake, home to trumpeter swans, nesting bald eagles, and a vast array of wildlife. The property was in imminent danger of being developed.

Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin National Forest (2006)

NPT worked with the NPS and the Buffalo Field Campaign to purchase land in order to increase the range of the plains bison (buffalo). This was important in that it was needed to protect the herd and allow it to grow.

Glacier National Park (2012)

In 2012, NPT worked with the Trust for Public Land to protect the Doody inholding, a 120-acre tract of land located at the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. It is used by thousands of rafters and anglers annually — east of the West Glacier entrance. The land was purchased from the owner using resources from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). NPT also provided the due diligence costs not covered by LWCF.

Nebraska

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge (2000)

NPT provided a grant which helped raise close to $80,000 to protect 40 acres believed to have been explored by Lewis & Clark.

New Mexico

Pecos National Historical Park (1992 & 1997)

In 1992 NPT assisted in the purchase of the 40-acre Rivera Tract within the Glorieta Pass region of Pecos National Monument. Then in 1997, assisted with the acquisition of land within Pigeon's Ranch, a battlefield in Glorieta Pass. The Battle of Glorieta Pass was one of the most important Civil War battles to take place in the Far West.

El Malpais National Monument (1994)

NPT helped to acquire two of the last three lots in a subdivision located within El Malpais. This was part of a larger project by the NPS to secure the last inholdings within the park.

Bandelier National Monument (1998)

NPT provided funds to help preserve 90 acres at Elk Meadows, a critical area to expand the park.

New York

Saratoga National Historical Park (1996)

NPT contributed $16,500 for the acquisition of the 56-acre Griffen tract, a part of the Historic Continental Army Camp.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park (1997 & 1993)

NPT helped purchase Baldwin House to be used as a Visitor Center by the NPS. In a separate transaction in 1996, NPT helped the NPS acquire the final parcel of the historic Elizabeth Cady Stanton lot.

North Dakota

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (1999 & 2005-2006)

NPT worked with the NPS superintendent to acquire additional property at the park entrance, which will also protect wetlands. NPT has assisted in previous acquisitions. In 1999, NPT provided funds for the acquisition of a 13-acre tract which provides a noise and visual buffer for the park.

Oklahoma

Lake Atoka Reservoir (2002-2006)

NPT worked with private citizens and ancient timber experts to establish a new park at historic Lake Atoka, a rare cross-timbers and post oak savanna ecotone. Because of NPT’s involvement, the owner has not clear-cut the property and negotiations continue for its protection.

Oregon

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (1998)

NPT assisted in acquiring 40 acres to protect a scenic park entrance, completing the park.

Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Military Park (1998)

NPT, Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, and the Civil War Trust cooperated on a 135-acre agricultural easement critical in protecting the historical significance of this park.

Texas

Big Bend National Park (1996)

NPT donated funds to facilitate the transfer of 15 acres that provide access to the Rio Grande River.

Big Thicket National Preserve (1992)

NPT secured a donation of 50 acres adjacent to the Park and held it pending federal approval for expansion.

Utah

Zion National Park (2012)

At Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, The National Park Trust (NPT) partnered with the Trust for Public Lands (TPL), to protect a 30 acre property on the Kolob Terrace at the foot of Tabernacle Dome, a steeply rounded peak rising to 6430 ft. from Cave Valley. An anonymous donor, working with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and The Trust for Public Land, donated $825,000 so the land could be purchased and given to the park. NPT provided funds to accomplish the important due diligence steps to complete the acquisition of the land from a private owner. The land can be viewed along the Kolob Terrace road, a popular scenic route and the Tabernacle Dome area is popular for its hiking trails, camping, and spectacular vistas. Protection of this 30 acre property expands public access and ensures that views cherished by visitors will not be diminished by development. At least one property in the area that wasn’t part of the 30 acres has been built upon.

Virginia

Colonial National Historical Park (1994)

NPT loaned funds to preserve 20 undeveloped subdivision lots to protect the view shed of the Colonial Parkway.

Washington

Olympic National Park (1990)

NPT preserved 6 acres of scenic giant forest and spotted owl habitat adjacent to Lake Quinault.

West Virginia

Harpers Ferry Conservancy (1998)

NPT provided a grant to assist in the development of a strategy to conserve lands within a 25 mile radius of Harper's Ferry National Historical Park.

Blackwater Canyon State Park (2000)

NPT provided the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy a one-time grant to educate people on the need to protect the park.

George Washington National Forest (2003)

NPT acquired the oil and mineral rights to 5,676 acres of land in West Virginia within the George Washington National Forest and continues to own and monitor these rights.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (2004 & 1992)

NPT assisted local organizations with protecting the site of a major cavalry battle and the site of the founding of the organized black civil rights movement from potential housing developments. In 1992, NPT helped preserve 56 acres of the School House Ridge Battle site.

Washington Family Legacy (2010)

NPT secured a Save America’s Treasures grant to restore one of the eight remaining Washington Family homes in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia – the Claymont Mansion (ca. 1820, built by George Washington's grandnephew, Bushrod Corbin Washington). 265 acres surrounding the property will be placed under conservation easement through the American Battlefield Protection Program, protecting it from development in perpetuity.

Wyoming

Fort Laramie National Historic Site (1986)

NPT secured funds to purchase the final in-holding, completing the park.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park (1998 & 2004-2005)

In 2002, NPT partnered with a non-profit foundation to buy approximately 6.7 acres of land, with shoreline, for more than 1.1 million dollars. The land was adjacent to the southeastern national park boundary along Drunk Bay. Though undeveloped, the area had been subdivided, including added road access. Purchase of the land by NPT, and transfer by donation to the National Park Service in 2005 brought most of the coastline of Drunk Bay and Nanny Point under permanent protection from what could have been beachfront development.

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