FRIENDS work on the Parkway concentrates on the day-to-day needs for maintenance, preservation, and restoration of Parkway assets and borderlands.
The Parkway Forever program was the first FRIENDS program when it organized in 1988, and it continues to be our largest. The program provides funds and volunteers to the National Park Service (NPS) for the maintenance and enhancement of existing Parkway assets such as trails, overlooks and campgrounds. FRIENDS also works to enhance Parkway areas under the guidance of the NPS, adding new visitor conveniences such as bear-proof food storage lockers.
The Save the Views program was established to preserve the feel of the Parkway as a natural park, to obscure the encroachment of neighboring development from a visitor’s experience and to restore the ecological buffer zone.
Then as age and neglect threatened historic buildings and other structures along the Parkway, FRIENDS stepped in to help there as well adding our Preservation and Restoration program. This program has been expanded to include the Parkway’s historic cemeteries.
With rising concern for a growing set of endangered plant and animal life located within Parkway lands, FRIENDS assists the NPS with our Endangered Species Protection program supplying funding and volunteers to assist as needed with projects or studies in this critical area.