Elliot Feuerstein is a San Diego, CA entrepreneur who coordinates all phases of complex retail shopping center development projects. With a strong philanthropic presence, Elliot Feuerstein contributes to organizations that help protect America's natural legacy, such as the National Park Foundation (NPF).
In positive news for the national park system, in December 2022, Congress presented an omnibus bill that would provide the National Park Service (NPS) with a 6.4 percent ($210 million) increase in funding. Also included in the bill is a total of $1.5 billion toward supplemental disaster funding to help rehabilitate parks that have suffered major natural disasters. Recent years' vivid scenes have been floods decimating Death Valley and Yellowstone, drought-depleting Lake Mead, and wildfires raging in Yosemite.
As a result of these long-awaited funding measures, which have drawn bipartisan support, the NPS should be able to increase the hiring of park staff again and ensure that natural and historical sites are better protected.
The National Park Foundation separately announced that it is providing $3 million in funding toward Open OutDoors for Kids grants that connect kids with park experiences through in-park ranger-led and virtual learning. As the NPF president and CEO described it, national parks represent the largest classrooms in the country, and next-generation learning modules will generate interest among future leaders in protecting the natural environment.
San Diego, California, Philanthropist Elliot Feuerstein.