As a person who goes on sixty to eighty hikes, totaling 300 to 400 miles, each year, I am a strong believer supporting Washington’s three national parks. I consider the parks part of my playground. Budget cuts in recent years have resulted in an increased need for resources, both time and financial, to “fill the gap” between what is granted and what is needed to maintain and improve the parks for current and future generations. Washington’s National Park Fund is THE non-profit that works closely with park administration to ensure contributions are being put to the best possible use in each of our lovely parks. As you settle in for the night and ask yourself; “What good did I do today?”, if you supported our parks, you did some good that will last for generations.
As a Washington native I have long enjoyed the beauty of the three National Parks in Washington State - Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic - and it delighted me to find a nonprofit organization that supported these specific parks that I could help fund. Over the years I have enjoyed camping in the Parks and showing them off to visitors to our area and I know how important it is that they are maintained properly. Regardless of the time of year that I’ve that I’ve been in our Parks, I have come away refreshed and awed by the gorgeous scenery.
I’ve donated to Washington’s National Park Fund (WNPF) for several years and been pleased to see the excellent projects and programs that they use the money for and find them both practical and necessary. Not only are they continually doing research to ensure the health of the Parks but also they have excellent projects to involve young people and families and bring them to the Parks. Money is also raised to help replace and repair things damaged in storms. These days it is especially necessary to raise these funds as the budget for the National Park Service has been cut and continues to be cut. I have gotten so much pleasure from being able to visit these Parks and I’m pleased to be able to help ensure that people in the future will also be able to enjoy them. The WNPF is doing an excellent job of seeing that his happens.