Springdale, UT, September 12, 2019 – Zion National Park Forever Project, Zion’s official nonprofit partner, has released its annual Field Guide an outline of the Park’s top-priority projects for 2020. The centennial edition of the Field Guide complements the Zion Forever Project’s “We the Keepers” campaign challenging those who are inspired by Zion to become stewards of the Greater Zion Landscape and all public lands. “Keepers” come from all walks of life bringing their voice and talents to help maintain the Park. For those looking to get involved, the 2020 Field Guide includes initiatives that improve Park experiences today, inform and grow Park and community leadership for tomorrow, and protect Park resources forever.
The Zion Forever Project works side-by-side with Zion National Park to fulfill the National Park Service mission to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the Park for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Public, private, and nonprofit partnerships are vital to maintaining the lands and the experience of every guest. Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent of Zion National Park, explains that this mission can only be accomplished through combined efforts: “We truly are on a mission that will last forever. Together, with the partnership of the Zion Forever Project, we are striving to make Zion’s second-century one that will exemplify the highest standards of stewardship and will bring joy, inspiration and renewal to all who visit. It’s a monumental task ahead of us, but together we will succeed.”
Zion Forever Project’s initiatives fall under three pillars of the “Mission at Work:” Improving Today, Informing Tomorrow, and Protecting Forever. In addition to supporting Zion National Park, Zion Forever Project supports top-priority projects in Pipe Spring and Cedar Breaks National Monuments.
“We get requests to help with a huge variety of needs – anything that federal funding doesn’t cover,” says Zion Forever Project Executive Director Lyman Hafen. “Our projects are very diverse and have a range of impacts, from educational programs for in-park guests and regional school children to needed support for the Park’s Search and Rescue team.”
As Mark Preiss, Director of the Zion Forever Project explains, “Our 2020 Field Guide invites partners to find a project that matters to them and join us as we build a stewardship model for Zion’s next 100 years that will inspire the world.”
Completed projects from the past year will be acknowledged and celebrated at the highly anticipated 100-year celebration of Zion National Park on November 19, 2019, in St. George, Utah. The event will be held at the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie State University Campus. It will feature a live performance by 3hattrio, as well as an invitation-only, pre-screening of the soon to be completed new Zion National Park film. This film once complete will update and replace the current Park film that has been shown for the past 20 years.
Those interested in receiving a copy of the centennial edition of the Field Guide should contact Stephani Lyon at stephani.lyon@ZionPark.org. A digital version of the new guide can be found at ZionPark.org
About Zion Forever Project: The Zion Forever Project is the official nonprofit partner of Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments. The momentum behind the Forever Project has incited funding, partnerships, and community support from organizations and Park enthusiasts throughout the state and beyond – reflecting the Project’s main objective of uniting Park, community, and state partners to leverage resources to address visitation and Park protection issues. Visit the Zion Forever Project online to join us in our mission of stewardship for Zion National Park.