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RMNP Superintendent Thanks All For Continued Support Of The Park

To The Editor:

On behalf of Rocky Mountain National Park, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to all of those who supported the park this past year. We at Rocky are blessed to have a great staff, tremendous volunteers, and the strong support of our local communities as well as park visitors near and far.

This past year, 1,440 people donated some 104,000 hours to the park doing a variety of tasks from cleaning ditches to giving educational programs. We’re fond of saying, “We couldn’t run the park without our volunteers,” and we couldn’t!

Once again our gateway communities of Estes Park and Grand Lake along with Larimer, Grand and Boulder counties have assisted us in many ways from supporting the wilderness designation for the park to partnering on visitor transit systems and recycling.

In response to concerns that today’s young people are not getting connected to parks and the outdoors, our long time partner, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, has established the Next Generation Fund. The Fund will endow youth educational programs such as Junior Ranger and environmental education, so that today’s youth can become the park stewards of tomorrow.

At this time of year, we also remember those colleagues and park friends who have passed on. We remember with great fondness Kevin Pellini, former west side trails leader; volunteers Norm Knox, Dick Snowden, and Robert Hemphill; Carol Braun who remembered the park in her last wishes; and long-time ranger Bob Haines. All will be missed.

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward with great anticipation to the new year. Hope to see you out in the park.

Vaughn Baker
Superintendent

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