ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 30-acre private parcel in Zion National Park has been protected from potential development and will be added to the park, The Trust for Public Land and National Parks Conservation Association announced today.
An anonymous donor, working with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and The Trust for Public Land, donated $825,000 so the land could be purchased and given to the park, said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land.
The land was an inholding, meaning it was a privately owned piece of property that was completely surrounded by Zion National Park. Currently, hundreds more inholdings remain in national parks, many of which have been turned into large trophy homes
"There are lots of places to build large homes with great views, but national parks like Zion aren't one of them," said Rogers. "These parks are for all of us. And now, thanks to a generous donation from a private individual, the view of Tabernacle Dome will remain forever unspoiled."
NPCA staff knew about the inholding from their work in preserving and protecting Zion National Park and informed the donor about the urgency to protect this specific property from development.
"National parks like Zion were established to protect the unique natural beauty of those places and to prevent development from scarring their pristine nature," said NPCA Program Manager Cory MacNulty.
The National Park Trust is supporting and assisting in acquiring inholdings in National Parks across the country and provided financial support to The Trust for Public Land to protect this property.
"The National Park Trust is very pleased to work with The Trust for Public Land on this important preservation effort by providing critical resources that were needed to complete this project," stated Jonathan Cohen, NPT board member.
The Trust for Public Land is a national land conservation organization which preserves land for people. Founded in 1972, it is the nation's leader in building urban parks and creating local funds for conservation. It has protected more than 3 million acres in 47 states as parks, greenways and wilderness areas. Founded in 1972, TPL has protected more than 3 million acres in 47 states. For more information visit www.tpl.org.
SOURCE The Trust For Public Land