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Partnership aims to clean up campsites and trails across America
Airstream, maker of the iconic Silver Bullet travel trailer, has announced that public campsites across the US will be tended to after the partial Government shutdown thanks to the Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).
The NFF is the nonprofit partner of the US Forest Service, supporting 193 million acres of National Forest and Grasslands across the country. During the partial shutdown, the US Forest Service was unable to maintain the 193-million-acre National Forest System that contains 5,100 campsites, hundreds of campground washrooms, and thousands of miles of scenic byways and trails.
"Our forests were really impacted," said Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO. "In addition to re-opening campgrounds, the NFF and Forest Service are hard at work clearing trees and trails, improving access, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash. This campaign is about leveraging our strong Airstream community to help preserve our public lands and get families and friends outdoors."
The Campsite Cleanup Campaign will direct contributions from the Airstream community and supportive public to the National Forest Foundation. Every dollar raised goes directly to the NFF to support the clean-up of campsites and campground facilities and improve access to roads and trails impacted by the partial shutdown.
As part of its Leave It Beautiful program, Airstream will match donations up to $25,000 given to the NFF, which has the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator.
Says Mary Mitsos, National Forest Foundation president and CEO: "Our National Forests and Grasslands provide recreation and adventure for millions of visitors each year. After a closure, it's important that we redouble our efforts to ensure campsites, trails, and byways are accessible for families to see and explore. We're thrilled to have the Airstream community as our partner."
31st January 2019