WASHINGTON, D.C. – Through a donation by the Propane Education& Research Council, the Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, has furthered its sustainability initiatives. PERC’s donation of propane-powered equipment totals more than $76,000 and includes three Ventrac compact tractor mowers with attachments and two Generac portable generators. The equipment not only advances Blue Ridge’s green profile, but it also furthers the National Park Service’s overall Green Parks Plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and mitigating effects of climate change. The Ventrac compact tractor mowers and generators are not Blue Ridge’s first investment in propane-powered equipment. The Parkway also operates propane heating systems, portable heaters, forklifts and four propane-autogas-powered pickup trucks. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the second national park to receive propane-powered equipment donations from PERC this year. Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky received a $62,000 donation of three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser.