The Assateague Island Alliance is a “Friends Group” for the Assateague Island National Seashore.
“Created by Congress in 1965, Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS) was established to preserve the outstanding Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent waters and the natural processes upon which they depend, and to provide high quality resource-compatible recreational opportunities. Just over a decade ago the Assateague Island Alliance (AIA) was formed as a “friends group” to help support the AINS.” *
Park friends groups assist parks in supporting park programs and projects.
“In the fall of 2007 a group of interested individuals met with staff from Assateague Island National Seashore. They created the first and only friends group. This group is dedicated solely to the purpose of supporting the preservation, education, stewardship, and recreational opportunities of the National Seashore.” * Hence, the Assateague Island Alliance** was formed in 2008. The AIA performs as a benevolent association supplementing, or augmenting, the many services of the Park.
Adopt a Pony! One of the programs that is quite popular is the Assateague Foster Horse Program, which is administered by the AIA. We recently became proud “foster parents” of Assateague Wild Horse, Mieke’s Noe’lani, a Sorrel filly born in 2016. The idea of telling friends we adopted an Assatague Pony is very sool but we like, even more, the fact that we were able to contribute to a good cause.
Our Mieke’s Noe’lani photo has even been put onto a button – because she is as cute as a button. There is also a coffee mug and a greeting card with an original picture at our home.
Before the AIA
Before 2008, the National Park Service at Assteague Island National Seashore had no specific “friends group” to help with the management objectives of the NPS and the AINS. Such goals include recreational, educational, interpretive, preservation, ecologic and scientific objectives. Now the Assateague Island Alliance helps the park staff meet those objectives.
More to come…meanwhile browse Pony Photographs at http://www.assateaguewildhorses.com.
* Quotes are from the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov.
** AIA website: http://www.assateagueislandalliance.org/