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Park Success Stories

These park success stories give an idea of what funding is out there to tap into. Note that in a number of cases the funds go directly to the park's partners rather than NPS with the park getting the full direct benefit:

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area - In 2003, the park successfully tapped into numerous grant funding sources to support a variety of park projects - the park received $23 million in funds over and above the parks appropriated budget. A portion of these related to the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act funds, Lake Mead NRA has developed a systematic and strategic approach which has benefited the park's resources and visitors. Click here to understand how the park positioned itself for success.
  • Mount Rainier NP - A $100,000 EPA demonstration grant was used by Mount Rainier NP to reduce air pollution from diesel equipment. EPA was looking for prototypes to showcase using less polluting ultra low sulfur diesel fuel two years before it was required. The grant paid for the retrofit of 18 high use diesel vehicles and resulted in an emissions reduction of up to 90 percent. Both EPA and the park liked that a significant reduction of emissions from all diesel generators could be demonstrated and the results could be shared with others.
  • Whiskeytown NRA - $250,000 and $400,000 California Boating and Waterways grants improved boat access and safety at Whiskey Creek and Oak Bottom launch ramps. Funds covered parking lot renovations and launching ramp extensions for access during the winter months. One of the grants also funded trail upgrades for handicapped access.
  • Juan Bautista de Anza NHT - Caltrans (California's transportation agency) received $200,000 in Public Lands Highways (PLH) discretionary funds to fabricate and install more than 150 trail signs on 800 miles of auto route along federal/state highways. Caltrans also produced an auto tour map and guide with the $40,000 balance. (Caltrans was eligible for PLH discretionary funds as transportation that promotes tourism and recreation and as part of the National Trails System Program.) Although Caltrans received the funds rather than the Anza NHT, the NHT was the real beneficiary.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway - The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund granted $1.3 million to the non-profit Riverlink, Inc. to cleanup and redesign the natural riverbed and banks of the Swannanoa River where it crosses NPS and City of Asheville land. The plan included re-engineering the river to recreate native trout habitat, improve water quality, to stabilize banks and plant a 35 foot minimum width buffer. Partners included Trout Unlimited, and the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway which organized civic groups to assist in the planting. While the funds didn't go directly to NPS, the park benefited.
  • Yosemite NP - Received over $1 million worth of military rolling stock from Federal Excess Personal Property, including snow rotaries, HumVees, Navy Pick-Ups, and an auto wrecker post the first Gulf War.
  • Mount Rainer NP - The 898th Engineer Battalion of the Washington National Guard contributed 1,770 hours of work - labor valued at $32,568 at $18.40/hr - for the ecological restoration of Sunrise Campground. The National Guard provided equipment and skilled operators for geomorphic restoration efforts and removed existing roadways and re-established original landforms.
  • Nez Perce NHT - The Idaho National Guard, 116th Engineer Battalion assisted with the restoration and reburial on 2 acres at White Bird Battlefield. The National Guard contributed materials including: equipment (2 bulldozers, 2 transport trucks, 1 personnel transport), 8 equipment operators/mechanics/medics/support personnel for 37 hours, and administrative and command staff support, estimated at $20,930.
  • Santa Monica Mountains NRA - The organization Youth At Risk supported resource stewardship through the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Vital Intervention "thru" Directional Alternatives (VIDA) Program. NPS staff directed youth-at-risk in natural and cultural park resources stewardship and visitor services educational activities. Both NPS and the sheriff department's staff mentored participants. The projects included the reintroduction of native plant species and construction of fencing to protect park resources.
  • North Cascades NRA - Scenic Highways funds were used to improve a scenic overlook, install wayside exhibits, and build a comfort station.

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