National parks represent a mosaic of some of our nation's most treasured lands and cultural and historic resources. From the shorelines of Acadia in Maine to the acequias at San Antonio Missions in Texas, and the majesty of Denali in Alaska, parks preserve magnificent and meaningful places and stories for current and future generations. Within the boundaries of the more than 420 sites in the National Park System, however, more than two million acres remain privately-owned.
Private philanthropy is playing an increasingly vital role in protecting these lands within national parks. By providing the National Park Service (NPS) additional and necessary time to secure adequate funding to acquire these lands, private philanthropy can leverage federal funding to ensure the conservation mission of the National Park Service remains intact. Since its inception in 1967, the National Park Foundation has maintained a robust tradition of partnering with the National Park Service on land conservation projects, working together to conserve over 135,000 acres of private land to date.
- Identifying and implementing new land conservation opportunities available as a result of the enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Utilizing private philanthropic dollars to leverage federal funding
- Preserving nationally significant sites to tell a broader American story
- Working to increase recreational access for all
- Utilizing conservation as a means of combating climate change