• Park Preservation

Current Projects

Pictured Rocks National Park

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). (Photo courtesy of NPS.)
Behind the Keeper’s House (pictured above) is a small piece of private property with a non-historic house (not pictured). 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.

Pictured Rocks National Park

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.

Olympic National Park

Mojave National Preserve

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.

Mojave National Preserve

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.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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