Gulf Oil Spill: Disaster Fund to Aid Endangered Areas

GULF OIL SPILL POSES UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL PARKS –
NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES DISASTER RECOVERY FUND

DONATE NOW AT WWW.NATIONALPARKS.ORG OR TEXT “PARKS” TO 90999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2010) – The ongoing Gulf oil spill poses an
historic challenge to the national parks in the Gulf region, and beyond.
The National Park Foundation, official charity of America’s national parks,
today launched the National Parks Disaster Recovery Fund.  The public
outreach and fundraising campaign will support the National Park Service’s
response to the Gulf oil spill, and will also serve to create lasting
capacity to help national parks recover from future natural and man-made
disasters.  No funds raised will be used to mitigate the liability of any
responsible parties for the injuries caused by the oil spill.

“The federal government’s unprecedented response to the environmental
disaster in the Gulf is matched only by the desire of the American people
to help,” said Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife
and Parks of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  “Thanks to this effort
by the National Park Foundation, those who wish to help us protect national
parks threatened by the oil spill can do so.”

Strickland continued, “While donated funds will be available to affected
parks for immediate needs throughout the disaster as well as long-term
monitoring of the health of the damaged ecosystems, donated funds will not
reduce the financial obligation of those responsible for the spill.”

“This is a defining moment in the history of our national parks.  The
public is eager to support their national parks and the National Parks
Disaster Recovery Fund is an important way to take action,” said Neil
Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  “With an
increasing number of natural disasters like flooding, fires and hurricanes,
combined with man-made catastrophes like the Gulf oil spill, it is time
that we move strategically to make sure that our national parks have the
resources they need to recover.”

To support this effort, visit www.nationalparks.org or text “PARKS” to
90999 on your mobile device to make a $10 donation.  Funds raised between
now and July 1, 2010, will go directly to the impacted parks in the Gulf
and support critical and immediate needs as well as sustained scientific
study of maintenance of impacted ecosystems.

Parks in the projected path of the Gulf oil spill include:

Big Cypress National Preserve
Biscayne National Park
De Soto National Memorial
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Padre Island National Seashore

To learn more about ways you can help visit www.nationalparks.org or
www.helpparks.org.

For information about the national parks’ response to the oil spill please
visit: http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/oil-spill-response.htm.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured
landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites — all protected in America’s
nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park
Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work
hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all
Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the
generations who will follow.  Join us – This is Your Land.
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