Wild Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park boasts incredible biological diversity, with a rich array of native plants and animals that call our park home. Our projects over the years have been incredibly diverse, from invasive species control, native habitat restoration and climate change initiatives, to endangered species protection and erosion control.

Current Projects

Restoring Watersheds: Meadow Run

Project Title: Watershed Restoration: Re-liming Meadow Run Project Purpose: to evaluate the management impact of a re-liming treatment on the entirety of the aquatic habitat…
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The Future of Our Forest

From Monitoring to Management: Evaluating the park’s forest status and regeneration trends to guide future management and protection Project Title: From Monitoring to Management: The…
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Nipping it in the Bud

Project Title: Nipping it in the Bud – Support for Invasive Plant Early Detection/Rapid Response in Shenandoah National Park Project Purpose: To mitigate the threat…
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Keeping Bears Wild

Shenandoah has a robust bear population, but it takes all of us to keep them safe and healthy. Your donations support park employees whose job…
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Edge Fund

The Trust has provided funding to assist landowners with fees associated with establishing conservation easements on properties that protect the viewshed from the park, maintain…
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Past Projects

Big Meadows Air Quality Monitoring

Many visitors to Shenandoah National Park are unaware of its chronic air quality issues. Particulates and toxins from power plants and other industrial facilities blow…
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Research Fellowships

The National Park Service faces a number of increasingly complex issues that threaten the integrity of natural ecosystems, cultural resources, and visitor experiences at Shenandoah…
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Help us keep bears wild!

Keeping bears wild starts with keeping them away from human food sources. The most effective way to do that is through bear-proof storage lockers, or “bear boxes.” Right now, only 63% of the park’s campsites have a bear box at the site, leaving nearly 140 campsites without safe food storage. The Trust has committed to making that 100% by funding the purchase and installation of these boxes at every single campsite in Shenandoah National Park. 

A black bear peeks around a tree.   

Each box comes with a $2,000 price tag, and the Trust has set a goal of raising $280,000 to purchase and install the remaining 138 boxes, ensuring that visitors stay safe, and bears stay wild.