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Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

03-Dec-2010 [118]

The information below is taken from website of The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in San Franscisco
“The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is one of the world's largest national parks in an urban area—80,000 acres stretched 80 miles north to south and includes 7 parks in different parts of San Francisco.”

The mission of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is ”to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.”

“Since its establishment in 1981, the Parks Conservancy has provided over $165 million in support to the Golden Gate National Parks and rallied 250,000 volunteers for their stewardship.

Alongside the National Park Service and Presidio Trust, the Parks Conservancy fulfills its mission of Parks For All Forever. We also:

  • Offer environmental education and youth leadership programs….
  • Build and maintain trails…..
  • Improve park signage, kiosks, visitor centers, and other facilities
  • Grow native plants to restore landscapes …
  • Protect and restore habitat for endangered species through Park Stewardship
  • Study birds of prey….
  • Promote park-based sustainability solutions through Institute at the Golden Gate
  • Encourage underserved communities to experience the parks
  • Organize volunteers of all ages to support our park projects
    • Provide tours, book stores, interpretive merchandise, and cafes to serve visitors
    • and raise funds for park work
  • Seek philanthropic funds for park programs and projects
  • And much more!”

Here is some information about how the Conservancy works with different partners.

The Conservancy is an authorized "cooperating association" of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country.
[its mandate seems to come from the NPS]

The National Park Service is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America's most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 392 other parks across the U.S.

Responsible for the transformation of the Presidio from an historic Army post into a premier national park that is financially self-sustaining, the Presidio Trust is leading the nation's largest historic preservation project, restoring the park's buildings and landscapes, and creating innovative programs.”