As we look ahead to the New Year, the Yellowstone Park Foundation is gearing up to fund exciting new projects in Yellowstone, all the while continuing to build on the success of ongoing programs we support in the Park. But we would like to take a moment now to look back at the year we just left behind.
We are proud to report that, thanks to generous Friends of Yellowstone, the Yellowstone Park Foundation gave more than $3.75 million in grants to Yellowstone National Park in 2009. These funds have been dedicated to a wide variety of projects, such as:
$850,000 toward the development of interactive exhibits for the new Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, which will open this summer and begin welcoming nearly three million people each year.
$294,000 for wolf research, monitoring and conservation, as well as visitor education about safe wolf viewing.
$243,000 to support the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps, which enlists energetic teens to spend the summer in Yellowstone working on resource conservation, trail rehabilitation, and other much-needed projects.
$216,000 for the rehabilitation of four popular hiking trails, including the scenic and family-friendly Wraith Falls Trail near Mammoth Hot Springs.
$198,000 for the Yellowstone Ranger Fund, to help ensure that the Park’s hardworking rangers have the resources they need to patrol and protect Yellowstone’s backcountry and front country, while enhancing visitor safety.
$146,000 to support fisheries conservation, including the Fly Fishing Volunteers Program and the restoration of genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout.
$141,000 toward outdoor education programs for children that promote public land stewardship and generate excitement about science and learning.
$44,000 to help fund online learning resources that everyone can use, including the Old Faithful Webcam, ranger-hosted web videos, and the Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center.
These grants, and numerous others, were made possible by contributions to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. More than 10,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations donated to the Foundation in 2009.
Looking ahead to the coming year, we have every expectation that the Foundation -- together with Friends of Yellowstone -- will continue to make a visible impact on the Park we love, and enhance the experience of each and every visitor.
Thank you, once again, for your valued role in our success.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation Staff
P.S. Read about the projects we're working to fund in 2010>>
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The Yellowstone Park Foundation works in cooperation with the National Park Service to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources and the visitor experience of Yellowstone National Park.
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