NPT remains an active partner with the National Park Service at Mojave National Preserve in California. NPT turned over management of the Desert Tortoise Research Facility after Chevron Corporation, who built the facility, conveyed title to the NPS. Chevron also provided NPT $491,000.00 to support tortoise research. NPT continues to provide this funding to the NPS for the important research on the endangered Desert Tortoise being undertaken at this facility. NPT will remain actively involved in this role for several more years.
Olympic National Park
NPT has indicated to the NPS it is prepared to support the acquisition of a .39 acre parcel on Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park
NPT in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and the Wilderness Land Trust is in process of acquiring a 12.5 acre property in the Wild Basin area located in the southeastern portion of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Wild Basin area is a popular hiking destination for park visitors because trails in the area offer breathtaking views of wilderness and rushing mountain streams with numerous cascades and waterfalls.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Just before the end of 2014, National Park Trust received word of an extraordinary bequest of $500,000 from John Michael Kauffmann, a longtime NPT supporter. He served for many years as a park planner for NPS where he assisted in the establishment of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. In 1972, NPS relocated John to Alaska to study areas under consideration for designation as national parks, monuments, and reserves. His work contributed to the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, permanently conserving more than 100 million acres
His estate has instructed that the bequest be used for park land acquisition in a manner that honors the legacy of John’s mentor, Ben Thompson, former NPS Assistant Director for Resource Planning. Thompson, a close colleague of George Wright, was a University of California biologist. In the 1930’s, he accompanied close colleagues George Wright and Joseph Dixon on the first wildlife surveys of the national parks and subsequently helped to establish the program of Biological Research and Management in NPS.
NPT is working in cooperation with The Trust for Public Lands on securing funding to acquire the Barataria Preserve for the National Park Service. The Barataria Preserve includes the Fleming plantation, a 4,000 acre property made up of bayous, bottomland hardwoods, and marsh. Not only is this an important historic and ecological site, but its preservation would lead to restoration of marshland on the property. This restored marshland would help absorb storm surges and protect the Louisiana coastline while adding to education and visitor recreation opportunities.