• Park Preservation

Land Mitigation

Since 1994, National Park Trust has successfully identified and implemented park restoration projects, a positive and constructive mitigation response to actions relating to environmental laws and regulations including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These projects provide long-term benefits to the American public in specific geographic locations by protecting national parks and other public lands.

Our experienced park land mitigation team leads this complicated process from initial inquiry through project completion. We are a trusted partner with the National Park Service as well as other land management agencies and work with them to create conservation and mitigation plans that address their needs. Through reliable performance, we have earned the reputation as a premier provider of park mitigation services. National Park Trust’s expedient and responsive process implements environmental restoration projects that have surpassed the expectations of all partners involved – resulting in successful conservation projects.

To learn more about our team’s expertise as a mitigation partner using conservation funding or to learn about our current and past park mitigation efforts, contact Phil Selleck, NPT’s park project director.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The project created environmental-impact dollars from funds supplied by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NISOURCE Energy as part of a $1.5 million EPA consent decree. National Park Trust, working as a land mitigation partner, purchased and donated 32.5 acres to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This acreage connected the lakeshore to the visitor center. Much of the property is forested wetland.

In addition, a unique aspect of NPT’s mitigation efforts are the fact that we often connect local school children to the park conservation project through our national Buddy Bison school program. This ensures that the land and park make a long-term impact on students as outdoor classrooms with opportunities for learning about park stewardship. In this case, students from Chicago attended the land dedication and visit the park every year.

Mojave National Preserve Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility

Mojave National Preserve
Ivanpah Desert Tortoise
Research Facility

The Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility was acquired and built by Chevron in 2011 as a creative partnership between the company, the National Park Service and National Park Trust. It was part of a settlement to satisfy park land mitigation obligations for impacts by the Mountain Pass rare earth mine on desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The Ivanpah facility has been very successful in hatching and raising tortoises for release into the wild. Research continues to determine their survival rate and its potential contribution to the increase in the tortoise population.

NPT continues to work with local schools to provide opportunities for them to meet with the scientists and see up close the hatchlings and other local wildlife.

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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

National Park Trust played a singular role in the establishment of the first national park unit devoted to the natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem – the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. In 1994, NPT acquired a 10,894-acre ranch, which became the park.

National Park Trust and the National Park Service partnership created this national park unit through the implementation of environmental park natural and cultural resource projects while under NPT ownership.

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