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CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP YIELDS DONATION TO EVERGLADES; NPCA, MATRIX ESSENTIALS GIFT WILL RESTORE HURRICANE-DAMAGED TRAILS

 MIAMI, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA), and one of its concerned corporate partners, two hurricane-damaged trails at Everglades National Park will be repaired and
reopened to visitors this year. NPCA and Matrix


Essentials joined forces to donate more than $12,100 to the park to repair the Mahogany Hammock Trail and the West Lake Boardwalk, both of which were severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
 Paul C. Pritchard, NPCA's President, presented a check for the repairs to National Park Service Director Roger Kennedy and Everglades Superintendent Richard G. Ring in a ceremony at the annual Everglades Coalition conference here today. "For 75 years, NPCA has been an organization of Citizens Protecting America's Parks -- an organization that takes action to make our parks better places for all of us," Pritchard said. "With help from companies like Matrix Essentials, visitors to the Everglades will once again be able to experience first hand some of the unique natural resources represented by this great park."
 In accepting the donation, Ring noted that the funds would make it possible for the park "to repair these trails incorporating recycled plastic materials into the design of the elevated boardwalks which provide full visitor access and the greatest amount of protection to the park's fragile environment." The West Lake Boardwalk is the only trail at Everglades that takes visitors to the center of a mangrove fringe habitat. The Mahogany Hammock Trail provides park visitors with a walk into the heart of a hardwood stand containing the largest mahogany tree in the U.S.
 Matrix Essentials, based in Solon, Ohio, is a manufacturer and distributor of hair- and skin-care products. The company donates a portion of its product sales to fund national park projects.
 The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) is America's only private nonprofit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System. Founded in 1919, and this year celebrating its 75th anniversary as an association of "Citizens Protecting America's Parks," NPCA has more than 350,000 members.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Westra of the National Parks and Conservation Association, 202-223-6722, ext. 121/


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