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Thanks to the National Park Foundation and through the generous support of Ford Motor Company, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, Dinosaur National Monument has received a grant to support one student transportation interpreter this summer.
Angela McGrady from Cleveland, Ohio, will spend the summer in Dinosaur, leading a variety of visitor tours. Angela is one of 26 students who will work in 16 National Parks across the country this summer and provide visitors with invaluable information about the many alternative modes of transportation available to them within National Parks. The Ford Transportation Interpreter Program is made possible through a unique partnership between the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, the Student Conservation Association, and Ford Motor Company. Each intern is a volunteer member of the Student Conservation Association, a national nonprofit organization that annually places more than 2,500 high school and college students in hands-on conservation service positions.
“We are pleased to Angela join our staff this summer,” says Superintendent Mary Risser. “Many of the tours that Angela will lead allow visitors to relax on a comfortable shuttle bus as they travel to some fantastic points of interest along the Cub Creek Road. She will explain the history and geology of the area.”
As a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, Ford is working closely with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to help develop innovative transportation and environmental solutions that enable visitors to enjoy the nearly 400 National Parks without compromising their beauty. The Ford Transportation Interpreter Program was developed to encourage National Park visitors to use alternative modes of transportation, such as trolleys, trams, or ferries, with the ultimate goal of reducing vehicle congestion as well as noise and air pollution.
“The National Park Foundation is thrilled to have Ford’s support as a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks,” said Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “National Parks are protected and cherished today because of the generosity and support of individual Americans who wanted to make a difference – these young Ford Transportation Interpreters are carrying on that fine tradition and, with their support, we will ensure that National Parks will continue to be cherished by future generations.”
Ford is a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks. In addition to supporting the Ford Transportation Interpreter Program, Ford supports National Park transportation studies, restored the historic fleet of red touring buses in Glacier National Park to run on clean propane gas, donated over 600 zero-emissions electric vehicles to parks in California and the Northeast, and Ford donated twelve (12) 2005 Escape Hybrid vehicles, the first full hybrid to be built in North America, to the National Park Foundation for use in parks across the country.