National Park Trust continues to make great progress with our park conservation efforts, instrumental in adding critical private lands to other parks. Below are several new, unique preservation projects NPT is currently working on.
If you’ve seen the pristine waters and lush terrain at Maine’s Bald Mountain Pond, you’d understand why National Park Trust (NPT) has been working with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) on the acquisition of an adjacent 1,527-acre parcel of old-growth woodland to benefit the National Park Service’s Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).
The remoteness and scenic views make the property an iconic destination for backcountry adventures that combine paddling and hiking on the AT into a single day’s outing. The adjacent pond contains landlocked arctic char. The federally-listed threatened Canada Lynx roams nearby along with moose, fisher and black bears. It is one of the largest 150-year-old forest blocks in central Maine.
This is a time when NPT and the AT really needs your help. We hope that you will join us to protect this extraordinary piece of property by contacting Maryann Kearns, director of development, at or call (301) 279-7275 ext 15.
(Photograph by Dave Wobser) Thanks to generous support from The Carls Foundation, NPT will purchase an important historic property to benefit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI).
The Munising Range Lights and Keeper’s House complex, in service since 1908, is owned by the National Park Service (NPS) and still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard as an aid to navigation. The lights are arranged so that when a ship captain lines up one above the other, they will navigate safe passage along a channel into or out of the Munising Harbor.
The Munising Range Lights and Keeper’s House complex at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI). Behind the Keeper’s House is a small piece of private property with a non-historic house. Purchasing the property and removing the non-historic house is a priority for the park because it would improve the historic site. The project puts NPT one step closer to its pledge to acquire and donate 100 high-priority properties to NPS, in commemoration of the NPS centennial.
Olympic National Park
As we begin the second century of the National Park Service, NPT is setting our sights on the preservation of Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park (WA) – a park preservation project of just under 0.5 acres. Although small in size, it is big in ecological significance.
The parcel is surrounded on three sides by Olympic National Park and Forest. It is the only parcel in that block that does not belong to the National Park Service. Acquisition will keep it in its natural state by preventing further development along that portion of the stream and it will protect water quality for the Quinault River. The lake and river system support populations of sockeye, chum and Chinook salmon as well as steelhead, bull and Dolly Varden trout. The Quinault National Fish Hatchery, downstream from the lake, raises salmon and steelhead which populate the river. All deserve protection.
In order to acquire this land, we need to raise $45,000 to purchase the property and donate it back to the park. Click here to learn more about this project or contact Maryann Kearns, director of development, at 301.279.7275 ext. 15. Or click here to donate to the project today.
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.