The has announced two gifts totaling $3 million in support of trail restoration efforts in Washington state.
The gifts — $2 million from Mike and Sue Raney and $1 million from the — will be used to create a Wonderland Trail Conservation Corps and an Olympic Conservation Corps under the program, a national effort to put youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing the country's cultural and natural resources. The initiative will provide young people with the training needed to help restore the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park and the Enchanted Valley Trail in Olympic National Park over a ten-year period. In addition, the REI Foundation gift will support stewardship projects in seventeen other national parks. Both donations will count toward the National Park Foundation's $350 million Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks.
"Engaging diverse youth in the care and restoration of this magnificent trail," said Mount Rainier National Park superintendent Randy King, "will teach work skills, create new park stewards, benefit the tens of thousands of hikers who enjoy the trail each year, and serve to highlight the great good that can be achieved for our national parks and public lands through philanthropy."