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Four Yellowstone Projects Awarded Federal Matching Funds

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Date: April 25, 2008
Contact: NPS:  Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: YPF:  Nina Jaeger, 406-586-6303

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Yellowstone National Park

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190



April 25, 2008    08-025

YNP: Al Nash (307) 344-2015

YPF: Nina Jaeger (406) 586-6303






Four Yellowstone Projects Awarded Federal Matching Funds

Centennial Challenge Will Provide $700,000 to Yellowstone


The Yellowstone Park Foundation has raised more that $700,000 in private funding slated for four 2008 National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge projects. As a result of the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s fundraising efforts, Yellowstone National Park has been awarded matching federal funds to be used toward these projects.


The purpose of the NPS Centennial Challenge is to improve, through federal investment and private charitable contributions, the value and natural beauty of America’s national parks in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016. 


In response to the President’s Centennial Challenge, Congress has appropriated $24.6 million this year to be matched by donations for Centennial Challenge programs and projects. These projects and programs will further NPS centennial goals and help prepare parks for another century of preservation, conservation, and enjoyment.


“The Centennial Challenge presents an opportunity for those who love Yellowstone to increase the impact of their donations,” said Paul Zambernardi, Executive Director of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. “These federal matching funds will significantly enhance four very distinct and important projects in Yellowstone this year,” said Zambernardi.


The projects, designed to help American youth, national park visitors, researchers, and scientists understand and protect Yellowstone, include: 


• The "Inspiring Future Yellowstone Stewards: No Child Left Inside" initiative. This initiative is designed to help better connect school-age children with the natural world by giving them first-hand experiences with the outdoors. It includes special programs that reach visiting school groups and underserved youth in the Yellowstone region, and enhances the park’s Junior Ranger and Young Scientist programs. A grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation will be matched by $80,230 in federal funds for the project.


• The Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center (http://www.greateryellowstonescience.org). This online program is designed to integrate the work of the park, academic and scientific communities in collaborative efforts to gather and use information to better protect and manage places like Yellowstone National Park. A grant from Canon U.S.A. to the Yellowstone Park Foundation will be matched by $115,000 in federal funds for the project.


• The protection and preservation of over 40,000 priceless artifacts housed in Yellowstone’s Heritage & Research Center. A grant from Canon U.S.A. to the Yellowstone Park Foundation will be matched by $79,528 in federal funds for this project.


• A scientific study on Yellowstone Lake’s microbial biodiversity.  This groundbreaking research will be aimed at documenting environmental relationships between many identified – and many previously unidentified – microbial species including those living in the depths of Yellowstone Lake. A grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation will be matched by $459,000 in federal funds for the project.


These four Yellowstone Centennial Challenge projects are among 110 projects at 76 national parks that are receiving matching grants this year. More information is available on the NPS Centennial Initiative web site at http://www.nps.gov/2016, including a complete listing of the 2008 NPS Centennial Challenge projects.


The Yellowstone Park Foundation (http://www.ypf.org) has been Yellowstone National Park’s official fundraising partner organization since 1996. The Foundation has raised $50 million in contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to support more than 150 projects in Yellowstone.



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