Posts Tagged ‘Trust for Public Land’

National Park Trust and Partners Add 1,495 Acres to the Appalachian Trail

If you’ve seen the pristine waters and lush terrain at Maine’s Bald Mountain Pond, you’d understand why National Park Trust (NPT) worked with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), National Park Foundation (NPF), Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Conservation Alliance, and Elliotsville Foundation on the acquisition of an adjacent 1,495-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. Preserving this land from development also protects the nearby Bald Mountain Pond which is one of the few bodies of water that holds landlocked arctic char in the lower 48 states. The federally-listed threatened Canada Lynx also roams nearby, along with moose, fisher and black bears. It is one of the largest 150-year-old forest blocks in central Maine.

On September 20, 2019, National Park Trust and our partners held a dedication ceremony in Monson, ME to unveil a new plaque that is now displayed in the Monson Maine Appalachian Trail Visitor Center to honor the contributions of two career National Park Service employees, John Kauffmann and Ben Thompson, to the NPS science program.

This land protection was made possible thanks to an extraordinary bequest from John Kauffmann to NPT and the National Park Foundation and wind mitigation funds received by TPL, a generous gift from The Conservation Alliance and grassroots work by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. TPL bought the land and in June 2019 officially transferred ownership to the National Park Service.

NPT board member Elizabeth Ulmer and Howie Thompson, son of Ben Thompson, check out the newly unveiled dedication plaque that is now displayed in the Monson Maine Appalachian Trail Visitor Center.

Largest Expansion to Yosemite in 70 Years

(Ackerson Meadow’s vast 400 acres, photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch.) In partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), National Park Trust is pleased to announce the acquisition and donation of Ackerson Meadow to Yosemite National Park. Thanks to support from TPL, the Yosemite Conservancy, NPT and American Rivers, 400 acres of this environmentally important property has been protected in perpetuity. The acreage is home to the federally endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and a genetically distinct clan of great gray owls, as well as deer, bear, coyotes, and more than 100 species of plant, including many impressive meadow wildflowers.

Markley Bavinger, project manager with The Trust for Public Land, stated, “We are grateful for the National Park Trust’s early support of our work to protect Ackerson Meadow. NPT’s efforts to garner political support and develop a strategy for success were key elements to completing this priority project. The partnership between The Trust for Public Land and National Park Trust has been repeated throughout the country with wonderful results.”

Read the full press release here.

Read the LA Times article about this historic expansion here.