National parks will get spruced up
The National Park Centennial Initiative has announced its first round of funding for various projects and programs in — surprise! — national parks. Seventy-six parks in 38 states will see a total $51 million in federal and privately donated funding. The projects will run the gamut of everything from hiking-shelter improvements to wildlife protection to forest restoration to education. The park-system centennial isn’t until 2016, but hey, nothing wrong with getting a head start. In fact, Grist’s centennial is coming up in 2099. Donate now!