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New nonprofit formed to support nation’s state parks

December 01, 2020 7:54 PM | Anonymous

The National Association of State Park Foundations has been launched to support and advocate for the army of volunteers and Friends groups that help care for the nation’s state park and forests.

“Every state in the nation has many wonderful state parks and forests and they all rely heavily on volunteers and nonprofit Friends groups,” said National Association Chair Marci Mowery.

“These volunteers and groups support the work of park managers and staff, raise funds for projects in the parks, help run educational and environmental programs, and much more. Without them, many parks would not be able to operate,” she said.

The National Association, a 501(c)3 incorporated organization, will connect, build, elevate, and empower these member statewide non-profit partners of America’s state parks and advocate for them, she added.

Full membership is open to all nonprofit groups directly supporting their state parks and affiliate membership is open to individuals, other organizations and corporate entities that want to support our mission and goals, said Mowery.

The officers of the National Association are Marci Mowery, Chair, who is President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, Don Philpott, Vice Chair, who is President Elect of the Florida State Parks Foundation, and David Pearson, Secretary and Treasurer, who is the executive director of the North Carolina Friends of State Parks.


For more information contact Marci Mowery, Chair, at 717-236-7644 or Don Philpott, Vice Chair, at 321.277.8442

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