Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

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Abbreviation Parks Conservancy
Formation 1981
Type Non-profit organization
Purpose "To preserve the Golden Gate National Recreation Areas, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future."
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Location Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco, CA 94123
Region served
Golden Gate National Parks
Membership 12,000[1]
President & CEO
Greg Moore[2]
Website parksconservancy.org

Established in 1981, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy [1] is the nonprofit partner that supports and assists the Golden Gate National Recreation Areas in research, interpretation, and conservation programs.The organization has received a Four-Star Charity rating from Charity Navigator.[3]

The Conservancy's work is undertaken with contributions from individual, corporate, and foundation donors, as well as income earned from operating park bookstores and cafes, publishing educational materials, producing interpretive merchandise, and providing park tours. Since its inception in 1981, the Parks Conservancy has provided the Golden Gate National Recreation Areas with more than $165 million in support[1] and is recognized as one of the largest park partners in the country.

The Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization created to: 1) preserve the Golden Gate National Recreation Areas, 2) enhance the experiences of park visitors, and 3) build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy works closely with several partners, including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Bay Area Open Space Council and the Presidio Trust [2], to accomplish its mission of supporting the preservation, enhancement, and interpretation of the GGNRA. The Conservancy is an authorized "cooperating association" of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country.

Stewards funded by the Parks Conservatory assist in restoration efforts to allow for more trails and use of the parks by the population from the nearby urban areas.[4] Recent projects include directing funds from the Airport Commission’s wetland restorations to improve Mountain Lake Park in San Francisco,[5] and building a 4,100-square-foot visitors center at the Lookout, at Lands End, that provides a view of the cliffs.[6]


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  1. ^ a b Accomplishments from the organization's website
  2. ^ http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/staff/greg-moore.html
  3. ^ "Charity Navigator Rating – Golden Gate National Park Conservancy". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  4. ^ McHugh, Paul (2005-02-10). "Preserving Pacifica's gem; Beautiful Mori Point meshes nicely with mission of GGNRA". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  5. ^ Whiting, Sam (2004-11-21). "Dog Days -- and Afternoons; Finding love at Mountain Lake Park". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Discoveries: Lookout at S.F.'s Lands End". Sacramento Bee. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-02-12.