Washington's National Park Fund has developed a list of nearly 20 programs that it hopes to fund this year in the state's three national parks.
The programs would cost more than $400,000, money the fund does not expect to raise.
“As we’ve done for the past three years, we present a menu of options with a total fundraising goal far greater than we anticipate receiving in charitable contributions,” said Eleanor Kittelson, executive director of the fund.
“This allows donors to select projects they are most interested in supporting, with the opportunity for full project sponsorship by individuals, foundations and corporations,” she added.
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At the end of the fund’s fiscal year on June 30, the fund’s board of directors will determine which of the projects to support, based on the total amount received in charitable contributions.
The superintendents from Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national parks, with input from their leadership teams, put together the list of projects, Kittleson said.
At Mount Rainier, among the recommended projects and programs is continued support for roadside assistance and meadow restoration, as well as efforts to introduce students and families to the park.
At Olympic National Park, programs explaining the Elwha River restoration effort would be funded, as well as efforts to monitor Roosevelt elk and fisher populations.
At North Cascades, the identified programs include efforts to involve more youth in the park, plus studies on the effect of climate change on pika and breeding birds.
Last summer, the fund gave $285,000 to the three parks: $110,000 to Mount Rainier, $103,280 to Olympic and $70,050 to North Cascades. The total of the proposed projects was almost $350,000.
In 2009, the fund donated $200,000 to the parks.
Exhibit will depict national parks
The work of three photographers depicting the beauty of Washington’s national parks will be on display during Art in the Parks, a fundraiser for Washington’s National Park Fund.
This event includes a silent auction of nature photographs and a program about national parks. The featured speaker will be photographer Harry von Stark, who is documenting the Elwha River dam removal and watershed restoration projects at Olympic National Park.
Images from John Chao, Stephen Matera and Dave Schiefelbein also will be on display.
The event is set for 6-9 p.m. March 18 at The Mountaineers Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served.
Tickets are $100 a person or $800 for a table of eight. The price includes a $75 per person tax-deductible contribution to the fund. You can order tickets online at www.wnpf.org.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, staff writer
Programs proposed for funding
Here are the projects Washington’s National Park Fund hopes to fund this year. To learn more, go to www.wnpf.org or 253-566-4644.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
• Camping Adventure with My Parents, $20,000
• Connecting Students to Parks, $10,000
• Roadside assistance program, $10,000/season – summer and winter
• Meadow restoration at Sunrise and Paradise, $13,000
• Restoration of volunteer campground at Longmire, $56,500
• Citizen science: Effects of Climate – Change on Glaciers and Streams, $23,500
• Protecting the Cascade red fox, $20,000
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK
• Internship for volunteer/youth and stewardship programs, $14,650
• Climate change study: Pika populations, $35,000
• Engaging Urban Youth as Trail Stewards, $16,500
• Impacts of climate change on breeding birds, $6,000
• Connecting Tribal Youth to the Land in the North Cascades, $30,500
• Monogram Lake Trail and Campsite improvements, $50,000
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
• Elwha River restoration education and outreach, $30,000
• Roosevelt elk surveys and monitoring, $15,000
• Expand monitoring of new fisher populations, $18,000
• Engage diverse audiences in Elwha River restoration, $20,000
• Develop Elwha River native plant species manual, $11,000
• Citizen Science: Olympic marmot monitoring year two, $4,500
Total of all proposals: $404,150