The National Forest Foundation, which works with the Forest Service and local partners to restore our National Forests and Grasslands, is proud to announce an exciting new initiative with our longtime partners, REI. Through its members-only REI Co-op Mastercard®. REI is investing up to $1 million in our National Forests and Grasslands.1
Focused on REI’s mission of inspiring, educating and outfitting outdoor enthusiasts for a lifetime of adventure and stewardship, this partnership will support meaningful on-the-ground restoration and youth engagement efforts on National Forests and Grasslands across the country. Learn more about the specific projects below.
Angoon Youth Conservation Corps
Tongass National Forest. This project benefited hikers and sea kayakers and provided an opportunity for six rural Alaskan Native youth to participate in an eight-week public land stewardship program.
Commemorative Emigrant Trail Project
Tahoe National Forest. This project is part of a large-scale effort that melds stream and riparian restoration with recreation improvements. It re-opened a 1.4-mile segment of this 15-mile multi-use trail popular with mountain bikers, trail runners and day hikers.
Mt. Elbert, Find Your Fourteener
Pike San-Isabel National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, this project improved trail conditions on Colorado’s highest peak by repairing degraded trails, restoring fragile alpine tundra ecosystems and enhancing access and recreational experiences.
Midewin Youth Corps
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Getting youth, especially urban youth, outside is critical for them and for the future of our public lands. The NFF's Midewin Youth Corps does just that through a 6‐week long summer work program offered to 16 youth from the North Lawndale College Prep High School in urban Chicago.
Alden Gulch Trail
Sawtooth National Forest. This project will rebuild 3 miles of the Alden Gulch Trail #144 on the Ketchum Ranger District. This section of the important community trail was damaged and made impassable in places by landslides, flooding and erosion following the uncharacteristically severe Beaver Creek Fire of 2013.
Crawford Path Trail
White Mountain National Forest. Crawford Path is one of the oldest and most popular trails in the country. The Crawford Path project will address degraded and unsustainable trail conditions on this historic trail that is also part of the Appalachian Trail.
Quandary Peak, Find Your Fourteener
White River National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, the Quandary Peak project improved trail conditions on one of Colorado’s highest peaks by repairing degraded trails, restoring fragile alpine tundra ecosystems and enhancing access and recreational experiences.
Chattooga River Access Enhancement
Nantahala National Forest. The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River holds a special place in the hearts of river fans. This project on the upper section of the river includes construction of three kayak launch sites, construction of access trails to launch sites, installation of trailhead information kiosks, and trailhead parking improvements.
West Pinto Creek Trail Restoration
Tonto National Forest. Years of increasing recreational traffic and deferred maintenance, significant erosion and sedimentation caused increased ecological concerns in West Pinto Creek. This project is part of a multi-year effort to reduce erosion from trail networks throughout the area.
UKB Youth Conservation Corps
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Youth from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma participated in a unique opportunity to return to their ancestral homeland to work with a variety of Forest Service programs that supported recreation, trails and wildlife projects on the forest. The youth also spent a week with a Forest Service archeologist studying native homestead sites on the Forest.
About the National Forest Foundation
Connecting Americans to their National Forests
As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, we work with the agency and thousands of Americans each year to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so we focus our efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of these public lands.
1REI will donate $0.10 per REI Co-op Mastercard purchase transaction made between 4/1/2017 and 12/31/2017 to the National Forest Foundation, up to $1 million. Non-Purchase transactions, including cash advances, convenience checks, balance transfer, and other advance transactions as defined in the Cardmember Agreement, as well as interest charges and fees, do not qualify. Transactions occurring in late 2017 may be donated in 2018. REI may change the benefit or named charity in future years. REI is solely responsible for making the donation.
The creditor and issuer of the REI Co-op Mastercard® is U.S. Bank National Association, pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated.
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