Mountainfilm friend Trevor Frost is up for a cool grant from National Geographic in their Expedition Granted contest. His focus? “Paper Parks” — National Parks that have little to no on-the-ground support and instead of protecting the wild places and animals that they are intended for, are merely lines drawn on a map.

From Elephant Journal:

More than 100,000 nature reserves or parks exist across the globe today to protect the world’s most beautiful places and important wildlife. Many assume that these parks ensure the protection of wildlife and habitats, but reports from the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimate that up to 70% of the world’s parks are failing to do their job — these parks have come to be known as “paper parks”. With little to no on-the-ground protection, funding for park rangers or even signs to outline park borders, these parks are literally just lines drawn on a map. In Asia, and in particular Indonesia, the problem is critical — the illegal wildlife trade is rampant and rates of deforestation are the highest in the world.

Trevor will compete for funding to launch an expedition to Asia to stop poaching and deforestation in Asia.


We encourage you to vote for Trevor. You can vote once a day all the way through April 6.

To learn more, Trevor has a great Q&A over on Mongabay that’s worth reading if you get a chance.