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Grand Canyon Receives a Million for Trails

February 11
23:54 2014

Grand Canyon National Park has received a $1 million dollar donation from Arizona Public Service (APS) to help maintain trails. It’s one of the most significant private, philanthropic gifts in Grand Canyon’s history.

Grand Canyon TrailThe donation to the Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of the park, establishes Grand Canyon Trails Forever Endowment. The endowment will provide on-going funding to preserve and protect the approximately 350 miles of trail at Grand Canyon National Park. The park has a current maintenance backlog of over $300 million, with $44 million of that attributed to the trail system.

This generous donation from the Arizona Public Service Company is the lead gift that establishes an endowment for trail maintenance at Grand Canyon National Park. APS have long been known for their philanthropic work in the state of Arizona and their commitment to community. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this donation establishes a path that will ensure those generations to come enjoy one of our nation’s most precious gifts – the Grand Canyon, for the next 100 years and beyond.”–Dave Uberuaga, Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park

The endowment will help Grand Canyon’s trail crew maintain many more miles of backcountry trails along with popular trails including Bright Angel, South Kaibab, North Kaibab and the River Trails. Ninety-eight percent of the Grand Canyon’s 1.2 million acres are in the backcountry, accessible only by trail. In 2013, Grand Canyon National Park hosted over 37,000 overnight backpackers and many more day hikers both from the rim of the Canyon and from the Colorado River.

The Grand Canyon-APS, Public-Private Partnership

APS is proud to be part of this historic partnership to preserve and protect the Grand Canyon. It is my hope that the public-private partnership forged today between APS and the Grand Canyon Association encourages businesses around the country to take an active role in preserving and protecting our national treasures.” –Chairman and CEO Don Brant

With a history of giving back to Arizona, APS has become an important partner for the Grand Canyon, participating in large volunteer projects, donating photovoltaic solar equipment and providing power to the Canyon since 1955.

This gift is one of the more significant gifts to Grand Canyon Association in support of Grand Canyon National park in its history.

This generous $1 million donation to the Grand Canyon is an example of how committed APS is to the community and shows the importance of public private partnerships. In a period of shrinking budgets this donation and endowment will offset budget shortfalls and keep Grand Canyon’s trails open for the public to enjoy.” –Susan Schroeder, Executive Director of Grand Canyon Association

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