The Palisades Parks Conservancy was founded in 2002 as the non-profit partner of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Since our founding, we have worked closely with the PIPC to raise funds in support of infrastructure improvements, educational programming, scientific research and conservation of natural resources, historic preservation, and outreach. Over the past 13 years, the Conservancy has raised over $6 million in support of the PIPC's 29 parks and historic sites.The Conservancy's fundraising priorities include:
- Building a permanent endowment for the Harriman State Park Regional Nature Museums- Rehabilitating the Harriman State Park Group Camps- Conserving the PIPC archives- Restoring Minnewaska State Park Preserve's historic carriage roads- Improving exhibits and programs at PIPC Historic Sites, and- Conserving habitat for Golden-winged Warblers.
The Conservancy relies on the support of individuals, organizations, companies, and governments to make your parks better. And we make every dollar count, putting 85% of every donation directly into programs.
-------------------------The Conservancy was founded to support the PIPC, one of the nation's oldest and most successful public-private partnerships. A federally chartered bi-state system with jurisdiction over 20 state parks and nine historic sites, the Commission is comprised of five commissioners from New York and five commissioners from New Jersey, each appointed by that state's governor. Preservation, education, and recreation form the core of the Commission's services. Since its inception in 1900, more than 110,000 acres of forest, wildlife habitats, and cultural resources in New York and New Jersey have been preserved as public parkland. PIPC parks greet more than nine million visitors each year.The PIPC was born in reaction to the relentless quarrying of the Palisades cliffs. The defacement of the Palisades in NJ appalled its neighbors, including New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt and New Jersey Governor Foster Voorhees, who together charged ten citizens with the responsibility of assembling lands to save the scenic cliffs, thus creating the Palisades Interstate Park Commission that shaped the Park throughout the 20th Century and now into the 21st.The Park has evolved, and the founding mission of protecting the Palisades cliffs has also evolved into a much broader program. Today's PIPC offers a wide array of recreational facilities, from boat launches and beaches to golf courses and campgrounds. The Commission also manages eight historic sites, among them New York's Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, the first publicly-owned historic house in the nation, and Fort Lee Historic Park in New Jersey. That evolution has not altered our basic philosophy, however. We still protect land to preserve its beauty and provide recreational opportunities in order to promote contact with nature. We still preserve historic sites to share our heritage. In other words, we are, more than ever, stewards for the public.The Palisades Interstate Park Commission has always depended on individuals as well as public funds for financial support to meet our mission to promote and expand the preservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources. These donations enable us to conserve and protect open space and wildlife habitats, improve facilities and enhance programs and services for our visitors. Today, our need is greater than ever.
Though much has been accomplished in the past 115 years, there is so much more to do! Unfortunately, government allocations for the PIPC have been drastically reduced while responsibilities for the care of public facilities and lands have increased. Public visitation to parks has increased in recent years as well, further straining State resources and emphasizing the importance of Friends groups like the Conservancy. For example, Palisades has a list of deferred maintenance projects that exceeds $25 million, due to the lack of funding for capital projects and rehabilitation.Stewardship is a task that never ends. That's what keeps us going. And, we know, that's what keeps you giving. Thank you for your support.