National Parks, We’ve Got Your Back

October 11, 2017Alanna SobelNPF Blog
Everglades National Park – National Park Service

When disaster strikes, be it wildfire, hurricane, tornado, you name it, devastation and uncertainty are bound to follow.

One thing that is certain, however, is that the National Park Foundation is here to help our treasured national parks.

Damage caused by Hurricane Irma at Big Cypress National Preserve.

Sign and structure damage caused by Hurricane Irma at Big Cypress National Preserve.

National Park Service

From the wildfires out west, to the hurricanes affecting Texas, South Florida, the Atlantic Coast, and the Caribbean, there is a lot of work to be done to get our national parks back up and running. We want to do everything we can to help speed up this process, safely of course, because we know how much people enjoy the trees, and the trails, and the creative visitor center exhibits. We also know how much local communities depend on parks being accessible and open. Parks are jobs, parks are stability, parks are recreation, parks are vacation, and parks are hands-on learning.

Fort Pulaski NM flooding

Near historic water levels caused by Hurricane Irma flooded Fort Pulaski for the second time in less than a year. The fort was flooded by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

National Park Service

There are major rehabilitation efforts, which the federal government typically helps with, and then there are the more minor to moderate projects to be completed more quickly. When funded, these short-term projects can be just what the park needs to reopen their doors and start welcoming visitors again. This is where the National Park Foundation and our supporters come in. These types of recovery projects have our name written all over them.

Hurricane cleanup at Cumberland Island NS

Crews begin cleanup after Hurricane Irma at Cumberland Island National Seashore.

National Park Service

So, to help meet the urgent needs of national parks affected by the recent natural disasters and knowing that other disasters may pop up in the future, we’ve set up the National Park Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The funds raised will be granted to parks impacted by disasters large and small whenever and wherever they need it most.

Virgin Islands National Park after Hurricane Irma.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused extensive damage to national parks throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

National Park Service

We hope you’ll join us in supporting this fund and proclaiming loud and clear “national parks, we are here for you and always will be. We’ve got your back.”

*Addional photos of hurricane damage and response can be viewed here. More information on NPS' hurricane and severe weather response can be found here.

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