Sunday, August 1, 2010

Vote for your favorite National Park (as long as it's Yellowstone, Or the Tetons, Or both)

The following is from a letter to park superintendents from Dan Puskar, Director, Partnerships and Government Relations, National Park Foundation, that was passed on to me my a friend who is an NPS ranger in Yellowstone National Park:

"I’d like to tell you about an opportunity for your park to receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola through the National Park Foundation.
The National Park Foundation and Coca-Cola are encouraging Americans to be active outdoors in their national and state parks with the launch of the “America Is Your Park” campaign.  Through this campaign, an online voting center  has been created to let individuals cast a vote for their favorite park. The national or state park that receives the most votes by August 31 st  wins a $100,000 grant made possible by Coca-Cola’s Live Positively initiative. No sign-up or registration is necessary to participate and individuals can vote as many times as they want until the voting closes on August 31 st .  
To vote, begin by clicking here . Then simply:

      1)     Click the “Vote for your park!” button.2)     Type the name of the park you’d like to vote for in the “Search” box in the upper left corner, and hit the Enter key. (You may also search for parks by state or zip code.) 3)     Click on the red “Vote” button next to the name of the park you support.
  In addition, for every vote cast, Coca-Cola will also donate $1 to the National Park Foundation up to a total donation of $200,000."

Take care that Yellowstone (or whatever your favorite park is) comes up into the voting field. Great Smoky Mountains is the default, and it has already received tens of thousands of votes, where as of this writing, very surprisingly, Yellowstone, a favorite of many people world wide, is still to reach 10,000.  These grants are extremely meaningful to the parks that receive them. Please vote early and often, as we say in Chicago.
 Thank you!!
Meandering sloughs of the Firehole River
Yellowstone National Park, Early morning, May 2009

1 comment:

  1. Yellowstone is Americas favortie National Park. GSMNP is nice and a favorite of the hordes of East Coast dwellers who don't want to drive all the way to Wyoming. Actually I never heard of most of these places. Something bogus there?