Inspiring Stewardship & Support for Park Improvements & Restoration
Each year, Voyageurs National Park Association works with the Park Service to identify places and projects where private philanthropy, volunteerism, and partnerships will most benefit the park’s critical needs. Voyageurs National Park Association helps connect volunteers and financial resources to projects that can’t be accomplished with the park’s limited federal budget.
Recent projects include:
Cruiser Lake Trail VNPA provided $20,000 in funding to rehabilitate the Cruiser Lake Trail System in 2016. This unlocked matching federal funds to replace boardwalks, level bridge sections, fix signs, and clear overgrown brush, making the trail safer and more accessible.
Ethno-Botanical Garden The National Park Service, VNPA and volunteers worked side-by-side to clear what is now the garden of invasive canary grass and replace it with native plants vital to historical Ojibwe culture and erect a traditional waaginogaan structure.
Black Bay Ski Trail In 2015, VNPA recruited 28 volunteers who logged 196 service hours clearing .4 miles of the heaviest vegetation found along the Black Bay Ski Trail’s length, opening the Ridge Trail Circuit for winter skiers for the first time in years.
Several natural and historic sites in the park are in great need of both restoration and improved visitor access and interpretation. VNPA is committed to helping the park with these efforts with a specific focus on raising funds for the Ellsworth Rock Gardens and the Kettle Falls Historic District. We will also improve visitor education about these landmarks through digital media and signage.