These are just some of the projects Redwood Parks Conservancy helped fund in 2019. Project funding comes from: sales in our park stores, event proceeds, and donations from individuals and foundations. We also manage grants from government and philanthropic sources for our partners, giving them added flexibility to do more valuable work in the parks.
In 2019 support from donors and state agencies:
… made the “Grove of Titans” project a reality. Work has started to restore this stand of ancient redwoods inside Jedediah Smith Redwoods, once threatened by off-trail hikers and social trails. This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without the 540 donors to Redwood Parks Conservancy that spearheaded the campaign.
... funded two seasonal interpreter (educational guides) positions at Patrick's Point State Park focused on Sumeg Village and local indigenous peoples' history and present-day culture. Thanks to a generous donor, RPC also funds two Interpreter internships at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. These two positions are selected from local university students and are funded in perpetuity by an endowment set up by the donor.
… defended threatened and endangered species in our parks, like the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly at Tolowa Dunes State Park. The project to restore the environment of these endangered butterflies is possible because you supported RPC.
... saved lives through RPC’s support of the State Parks Junior Lifeguard program. Just this November, Junior Lifeguard students rescued two swimmers facing near certain drowning near Trinidad State Beach. Hundreds of Junior Lifeguard participants have received fun and lifesaving training with RPC’s financial support since 2017.
… created valuable scientific research through a stream study of Redwood Creek and with sophisticated computer mapping of waterways in Redwood National and State Parks.
|… rebuilt wilderness trails in the Smith River National Recreation Area through our work with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and Del Norte Trail Alliance.|
… enhanced experiences for thousands of visitors to our redwood parks. RPC staff and volunteers spent 15,000 hours helping visitors on their journeys this year. Plus, donor support helped sign up 12,000 Junior Rangers this year with RPC funded materials.