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North Cascades National Park awarded $114K in grant funding

Butterfly survey project to benefit


MOUNT VERNON — North Cascades National Park received $114,000 from Washington’s National Park Fund to support conservation projects.

The fund is a philanthropic organization that focuses on Washington’s three national parks.

Priority projects for the parks fall in four areas, according to a news release: “advancing science and research, improving visitor experiences, expanding volunteerism and stewardship, and embracing inclusion.”

Some of the funded projects for the North Cascades National Park are the Cascades Butterfly Project (a decadelong project dedicated to surveying butterfly species), whitebark pine research, medic training for park employees, a project to improve bear safety, and a food sustainability and native plant project.

Washington’s National Park Fund stated in the news release that it will award an additional $179,000 “when the park is ready to receive it.”

North Cascades National Park Service Complex Superintendent Don Striker said in an email that “Partner supported projects further important work in the parks and help us engage with tribes, local communities and volunteers to meet our collective needs and develop stewards for public lands.”