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.
The Conservation Fund, NPF, Hoonah Indian Association, and NPS completed the addition of a 150-acre cultural site to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in southeast Alaska. The property, which sits at the head of Berg Bay, is a sacred site for the Huna Tlingit and will be managed in collaboration with the Hoonah Indian Association, a federally recognized tribal government through a unique conservation easement. The land will provide opportunities for tribal members to engage in traditional cultural practices and will support public access to fishing, hiking, and camping opportunities.
NPF partnered with Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the NPS to protect 640 acres of critical wildlife habitat, migration routes, and viewsheds in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. NPF and Grand Teton National Park Foundation raised $23 million in private funds which were matched by $23 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The proceeds of the $46 million sale benefits Wyoming public school children.
Camp Nelson National Monument
In October of 2018, NPS designated Camp Nelson National Monument as the 418th park within the National Park System. Camp Nelson National Monument served as a major emancipation site and refugee camp during the Civil War. Thanks to a $76,000 grant from the NPF and the dedication of the American Battlefield Trust, this important site was preserved and engages people with stories of courage and determination while inviting visitors to reflect on the meaning and pursuit of freedom during the Civil War and beyond.
Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
In January 2017, NPF granted $40,000 to NPS to enable the acquisition of this historic church in Auburn, NY. Funding for the project allowed the National Park Service to create a new park unit honoring Harriet Tubman, as well as the role of faith in her fight for freedom. The historic park will remain preserved to act as a living memory of the legacy of Harriet Tubman.
Poplar Grove National Cemetery
A real property donation of a 3.7-acre lot adjacent to the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Petersburg National Battlefield, VA was gifted by NPF to the National Park Service in 2018. The property and its surroundings were part of the August 1864 Battle of Weldon Railroad during the Civil War and later served as the camp for the 50th New York Engineers during a portion of the 1864-65 Siege of Petersburg. After the war, it was used as a camp for the Freedmen’s Bureau. Today, the national cemetery at nearby Poplar Grove is the resting place for more than 6,000 American soldiers. The property provides access and parking so that visitors may easily visit and honor the fallen.
In partnership with the Trust for Public Land, NPF funded the permanent protection of a 35-acre property within the boundary of Zion National Park. Zion is one of the nation’s most popular national parks and is threatened by incompatible development on private land inside the park. The conservation of this property secured important public access, protects critical wildlife habitat, and maintains iconic scenic vistas. Protection of the property ensures that visitors to Zion National Park will have uninterrupted views of the stunning Zion Wilderness from the trails and surrounding areas.