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Cruz Bay in St John, Virgin Islands — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
 

Philanthropy in the National Park Service

 
 
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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
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Inscription. Private philanthropy has a long history and important role in the development of America’s National Park system.

Charitable donations by the Rockefeller family, notably by Laurance S. Rockefeller, helped to establish, enlarge or improve national parks across the United States. From Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to the Virgin Islands, over two dozen national park sites, including Acadia, Great Smokies, Grand Teton and Yosemite have benefited from his generosity and conservation ethic.

The Mellon family has also contributed significantly as has Walter and Leonore Annenberg at sites nation-wide.

Philanthropy continues to ensure that our national treasures are protected for future generations. The National Park Foundation, National Park Trust and Trust for Public Land are just a few organizations that secure land for the continued protection and preservation of national parks. Other non-profit organizations, corporations and private citizens act individually and collectively in cooperative preservation partnerships.

Advocacy groups such as Friends of Virgin Islands National Park are increasingly playing a vital role in supporting park units in the advancement of the Mission of the National Park Service. Equally important is the generosity of volunteers who are the spirit of many of many philanthropic groups, who unselfishly

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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
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give their time and individual expertise in the support of the National Park Service.
 
Location. 18° 19.986′ N, 64° 47.586′ W. Marker is in Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands, in St John. Marker is on North Shore Road. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of the Virgin Islands National Park visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: St John VI 00831, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laurance Rockefeller (here, next to this marker); Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park (here, next to this marker); Horse Mill (approx. 4.6 miles away); Annaberg Historic Trail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Slave Quarters (approx. 4.6 miles away); Windmill (approx. 4.7 miles away); Boiling Room (approx. 4.7 miles away); Arthur S. Fairchild (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cruz Bay.
 
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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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