The Yellowstone Park Foundation, which has been the official fundraising partner for Yellowstone National Park for the past 16 years, announced it is making $600,000 in new project grants to Yellowstone for 2013. The YPF’s mission and agreement with the National Park Service is to provide funding for specific projects that are above and beyond the daily operations of Yellowstone National Park. Altogether, twelve projects are being funded by these grants this spring. They include the Slough Creek Native Trout Project, the Yellowstone Raptor Initiative, the Wildlife and Visitor Safety Program, and the Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species Program to name a few. Yellowstone Park Foundation President Karen Kress says these fundraising efforts for the Park are even more necessary because projects like these might otherwise go by the wayside in light of current budget cuts. She points out that while the grant decisions were made prior to sequestration, they are now quite timely.