YPF Announces New Project Grants to Yellowstone
The Yellowstone Park Foundation recently announced more $205,000 in new grants to the park. These funds will make possible a wide range of projects, including bat research, energy use reduction, and preservation of Yellowstone’s rich heritage.
“While the Yellowstone Park Foundation funds more visible projects in the Park such as trail restoration and educational exhibits, much of their important work happens behind the scenes,” explained Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.
“The Foundation and its supporters fund critical research studies, meticulous preservation work, and improvements to help the Park reduce its environmental footprint. These activities are often outside the scope of government funding, but are so important to maintaining Yellowstone’s status as a worldwide leader in conservation,” said Wenk.
Each year, Yellowstone’s superintendent submits proposals to the Yellowstone Park Foundation for priority projects that are beyond the financial capacity of the National Park Service. The grants approved in May 2012 by the Foundation’s board of directors are:
These new projects complement several ongoing, multi-year projects supported by the Yellowstone Park Foundation, such as the Native Fish Conservation Program, tracking collars for Yellowstone Wolf Project research, the Sponsor a Bear Box program, and the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps.
This new batch of grants follows closely on the heels of $1.45 million in grants announced by the Yellowstone Park Foundation in March of 2012.
“Our role as Yellowstone’s fundraising partner is to follow the needs of the Park,” said Yellowstone Park Foundation President Karen Bates Kress. “When Yellowstone has priority needs to meet, we aim to respond as quickly as we can. Citizen stewardship of the Park makes that possible.”
The work of the nonprofit Yellowstone Park Foundation is funded by tax-deductible contributions. More than 15,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations donated to the Foundation in the past year.