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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 (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 National Historic Park (1998)

NPT loaned funds to the National Maritime Museum Association to repair the historic ship, the Balclutha.

Sequoia National Park (1998)

NPT acquired the famous White Chief Mine in critical wilderness and wildlife valley, saving the wilderness area from proposed development.

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)

In 2011 NPT became the interim steward of the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility until NPS was able to adjust the boundaries of the park to include it. During this time 2 cohorts of threatened Desert Tortoises were hatched and released. NPT continues to support tortoise research with $491,000 provided by Chevron.

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 Monument (2011)

NPT played a key role in acquiring an 1880's one-room school house known as the Bear Valley School at 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 (2004-2006)

With a donation from NPT, a critical 130-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the park was protected by a conservation easement.

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. 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 preserved 100 acres of prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther.

Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield (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 purchased the final three properties needed to complete a park in time for the 1996 Olympics.

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)

The project was funded by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NISOURCE Energy as part of a $1.5 million environmental enforcement consent decree. NPT donated 32.5 acres to the park. This acreage connected the lakeshore to the visitor center. Much of the property is forested wetland.

Kansas

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (2005 & 1994)

NPT played a singular role in the recent establishment of the first national park unit devoted to the natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem – the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. In 1994, NPT acquired a 10,894-acre ranch, which became the park. Today, NPT monitors the park management through our Kansas Park Trust.

Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic 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.

Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home (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.

Maine

Acadia National Park (1985)

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

Maryland

C&O Canal National Historic Park (1992)

NPT purchased a 30-acre island on the Potomac River preserving the historic view shed.

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 for inclusion into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (1996)

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

Piscataway National Park (2001)

NPT provided grants to facilitate the $500,000 preservation of a 56-acre 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 in the acquisition of 20 acres of natural bluffs overlooking the park unit.

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (2009 & 2013)

NPT raised funds to plant trees for the ecological restoration of this unique 27-acre park. The sanctuary includes spring-fed wetlands, floodplain forest, prairie and oak woodland habitat, and an unusual concentration of cultural resources. In 2013 an outdoor classroom was added to the sanctuary.

Missouri

Missouri State Parks Foundation (2000 & 2004)

This was NPT's first project of this kind. Assistance was provided to the Missouri Division of State Parks in establishing the state park foundation. And in 2004, NPT provided funds to establish the Missouri State Parks Foundation. The foundation includes volunteers and state officials.

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 Frontier (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 Preserve (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

Altona Park (2001)

NPT acquired a 50-acre parcel of deciduous forest adjacent to Feinberg Park, a local park in Upstate New York. NPT continues to own and maintain this parcel. The parcel was donated to NPT by Marshall and Loretta Keeling.

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.

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 (2002-2006)

NPT worked with private citizens and ancient timber experts to establish a new national 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)

In 2012 NPT worked with the Trust for Public Land to acquire and preserve 30 acres of the Kolob Terrace near the Tabernacle Dome. This property runs along the boundary of the park, bordering private lands along the road and was at risk of development.

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 Historic 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 Historic 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 Historical Park (1986)

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

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park (1998 & 2004-2005)

NPT secured a more than million dollar donation of lands that will extend the southern beach of the park near Rams Head. This property is part of an NPT initiative to add land to the U.S. Virgin Island National Park and protect the marine sanctuary. In 1998, with the help of NPT, the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park were able to accept a million dollar land donation to enable land swap of key inholdings within the Park.

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