To encourage people to get outdoors and to benefit the 330 million people who visit national parks each year, access has been restored to 10,000 miles of national park trails.
As reported by Andrea Smith, this effort is a collaboration between the National Park Foundation, the nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, and food company Nature Valley, which donated $3 million to the three-year project. The funding has supported service corps crews removing invasive species, clearing trail corridors, repairing structures, building boardwalks, and managing other repair projects to make trails in 19 national parks across 16 states more accessible to visitors. One of the projects focused on Bridalveil Fall, one striking landmark among many in Yosemite National Park, improving visitor experience and helping to protect the area’s natural resources.
Nature Valley is extending the partnership for three more years and has committed an additional $3 million to restore access to 10,000 more miles of trails and to support outdoor exploration grants. To view the complete list of national park locations with restored trails, please visit the website here.