Shenandoah National Park is not an island. Actions at the park’s boundary can have serious repercussions inside the park. The Trust established the Edge Fund to infuse philanthropic dollars into initiatives outside the park that will have ramifications inside the park. Examples include:
- Blue Ridge PRISM (Partnership in Regional Invasive Species Management) – a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies, nonprofits, academia and private landowners committed to addressing invasive, non-native species in a 10-county, 3-million-acre area surrounding Shenandoah National Park. The PRISM undertakes public education, dissemination of best practices, and landowner financial assistance.
- Future Scenario Mapping – this partnership with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is inventorying the natural resources of the Central Blue Ridge, determining their economic value, and undertaking computer modeling to determine what our region will look like 10, 20 and 50 years from now based on possible changes in air quality, deforestation, and other variables. The data will inform long-range planning for communities around the national park.
- Conservation Easements – the Edge Fund can provide funding to assist landowners with fees associated with establishing conservation easements on properties that protect the viewshed from the park, maintain park access, and other benefits.
By supporting the Edge Fund, you can help expand the breadth of work taking place in our region that benefits Shenandoah National Park.