VETERANS PITCH IN FOR NATIONAL TRAILS DAY AT THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS
Contact: David Shaw, 415-561-3064
Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 415-561-4732
VETERANS PITCH IN FOR NATIONAL TRAILS DAY AT THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKSVolunteers at Fort Miley Will Build a Brand New Trail—The Veteran's Trail—Connecting the Veterans Affairs Medical Center A to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco
National Trails Day, organized by the American Hiking Society, is the nation's largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. In the Golden Gate National Parks, the Trail Stewardship team—and our partner organizationsREI, American Hiking Society, and Coastal Conservancy—will host a series of trail projects throughout the park in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
WHO: National Park Service and Parks Conservancy volunteers, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), veterans and their friends and families, community volunteers, and trail enthusiasts ages 14 and up.
WHAT: Multiple trail projects throughout the Golden Gate National Parks, including constructing the new Veteran's Trail behind Fort Miley and one low water crossing. Project work will be moderately strenuous: www.parksconservancy.org/ntd.
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9 am to noon (Marin and SF) and 10 am to 1:00 pm (San Mateo) Lunch will be provided.
WHERE: Four different project locations for National Trails Day—Dias Ridge in Marin, Fort Miley in San Francisco, the Presidio of San Francisco, Mori Point in San Mateo, and Rancho Corral de Tierra in San Mateo. The Veterans Trail project is located at Fort Miley.
WHY: You can help enhance our trail systems, meet fellow park lovers and volunteers, and enjoy a national celebration of our great park and the outdoors! The Golden Gate National Parks volunteer program is a cooperative park wide effort of the Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. To date, nearly 36,000 volunteers have collectively contributed almost 492,000 hours – an estimated value of $10.8 million.
About the Golden Gate National Parks ConservancyThe Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization that supports the Golden Gate National Parks—the most-visited unit in the national park system in the U.S. Since 1981, the Parks Conservancy has provided over $300 million in aid for site transformations, trail improvements, habitat restoration, research and conservation, volunteer and youth engagement, and interpretive and educational programs. Conservancy-funded projects, in partnership with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust, are visible across the parks' 80,000 acres—including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Muir Woods, Lands End, Alcatraz, and more. The Conservancy's work is made possible through the dedication of its members and donors; contributions from foundations, businesses, public agencies, and generous individuals; as well as earned income from the operation of park stores, cafes, and tours. Learn more at parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.
About the National Park ServiceThe National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America's most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 401 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga or call (415) 561-4700.About the Presidio TrustThe Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is that the Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area, important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the nation. Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community of residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw on its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with events, lodging, venues, and recreational opportunities. To learn more, visit www.presidio.gov