The National Parks, America's most treasured resources, will become a little greener with the donation of 12 new 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs to the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of America's National Parks. Bill Ford, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co., announced the gift on June 16 by handing the keys to U.S. Secretary of Interior and National Park Foundation Chairman Gale Norton. Two Ford Escape Hybrids will remain in the D.C. area, for use by park rangers and staff at the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Historical National Park and National Capital Parks-Central, which maintains sites including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Korean War Veterans Memorial; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; Ford's Theatre National Historic Site; Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died), Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Park, and the Old Post Office Tower. The remaining vehicles are expected to be used primarily in urban National Parks in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials