National Park Tract and Land Preservation

The lands program preserves tracts to inspire park visitors through wildlife, scenic beauty, and natural resources, and provides recreational opportunities.

In the past fifty years, the NPF has helped conserve over 25,000 acres of private land through partnerships with NPS, private donors, landowners, and non-profit organizations. Thanks to generous donations from private philanthropists, NPF has helped to conserve thousands of acres across the National Park System in the past year.

Recent Accomplishments

Grand Teton National Park, WY – Antelope Flats

NPF partnered with Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to protect 640 acres of critical wildlife habitat, migration routes, and viewsheds in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. NFP 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 will benefit Wyoming public school children.

Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, NY - Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

In January 2017 the acquisition of the historic New York Church allowed the National Park Service to create a new park unit which would honor Harriet Tubman and her faith that guided her in her selfless acts during the freedom movement. The historic park will remain preserved to act as a living memory of the legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Petersburg National Battlefield, VA – Poplar Grove National Cemetery

A real property donation of a 3.7 acre lot adjacent to the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Petersburg National Battlefield was gifted by NPF to the National Park Service in 2018. The area saw fighting during the August 1864 Battle of Weldon Railroad and then served as the camp for the 50th New York Engineers during the latter part 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 will be used as visitor access and parking so that visitors may more easily visit and honor the fallen.

Zion National Park, UT

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, UT. 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 values.

Interested in donating real estate?

NPF is expanding its lands program to accept gifts of real property. Properties can be for either conservation use (e.g. protecting habitat of interest to the National Park Service) or for resale use, in which the proceeds will be used for land conservation purposes. Gifting to NPF, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, will allow your donation to be used to support national parks across the United States and may provide you with tax credits.

If you are interested in gifting real estate to NPF, please contact Jenny Katz, Lands Fellow, at [email protected]