The National Park Foundation, in partnership with granola bar brand Nature Valley, has announced a three-year, $3 million initiative aimed at restoring access to ten thousand miles of national park system trails.
NP will use the funds to modernize park infrastructure, increase access to recreational opportunities, strengthen partnerships with local communities, and create a conservation and stewardship legacy. Grant recipients include Conservation Legacy, which will use the funds to restore twenty-seven miles along the Guadalupe Ridge Trail that connects Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas; twenty-five miles of the Highland Rim section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee; and key points along a fifteen-mile stretch of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
"When you restore trails, you open up endless opportunities for recreation and learning," said National Park Foundation president Will Shafroth. "Nature Valley's generous support enhances people's national park experiences now and in the future."