Posts Tagged ‘National Park Preservation’

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX (2018)

National Park Trust completed a project to preserve​ an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe. The acquisition and donation of this 3-acre property will enhance the open space and views of a nearby trail, and the enjoyment of individuals who hike to the mesa in which the parcel is located. With this land acquisition, there are no further inholdings or private landowners within the recreation area.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)

At Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX), National Park Trust worked to preserve an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe. The 3-acre property is part of a contiguous area of prehistoric and archaeological resources dating back more than 13,000 years. In addition to evidence of the Antelope Creek people, the recreation area’s cultural resources consist of village sites and approximately 700 quarry pits and 552 archaeological sites. These cultural resources, combined with various natural mesa views and a naturally occurring seasonal spring and recreational opportunities for the area’s visitors are important resources to be protected by the purchase of these remaining inholdings.

The acquisition and donation of these properties enhanced the open space and views of a nearby trail, and the enjoyment of individuals who hike to the mesa in which the parcel is located. Purchasing these parcels completed the final pieces of landscape connectivity within the park and gain land management efficiencies through the designation that there are no further inholdings or private landowners within the recreation area. Everything within the legislated boundaries is considered complete and final per the original vision and intent of Congress.

Gettysburg National Military Park (PA)

Gettysburg National Military Park was established 123 years ago on February 11th. It is one of the best known Civil War battlefields, where more casualties occurred than any battle before in American history. Many consider it the turning point of the war. Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address there in dedication of the cemetery after the battle.

In 1998, NPT worked with the Civil War Trust and Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg to protect and preserve the historic scene, with a 135-acre easement. A cavalry engagement took place on the land, with troops of Confederate Gen. JEB Stuart fought those of Union Gen. David Gregg. One of the cavalry officers who contributed significantly to repelling the Confederate attack was George Armstrong Custer.

Olympic National Park, WA (2017)

In December 2017, the first year in the second century of the National Park Service, NPT completed the acquisition of a property at Olympic National Park (WA) – just under 0.5 acres. Although small in size, it is big in ecological significance. The parcel was surrounded on three sides by Olympic National Park; it was the only parcel in that block that did not belong to the National Park Service. Its acquisition will keep it in its natural state by preventing further development. It helps protect Grandey Creek, which runs along the property edge, as well as water quality for the Quinault River and Lake, adjacent to the park. 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.

Preserving Olympic National Park

*Update (January 2018): In December 2017, the final sale went through and the National Park Service took possession of the property; it is now part of 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. The 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. Click here to learn more about this project.