|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||May 18, 2001|
|Contact:||Mary Munson, National Parks Conservation Association, 954-926-6327|
National Park Superintendent Receives Conservation Award
"John Donahue lead the effort to undo the damage caused by 30 years of unregulated ORV use," said National Parks Conservation Association South Florida Director Mary Munson. "Big Cypress' innovative recreational-vehicle management plan serves as a model for parks across the country that struggle with similar issues."
The parks group also gave Florida's Miccosukee tribe special recognition for its work protecting mangroves and manatees in the Western Big Cypress Basin.
Big Cypress National Preserve conserves and protects the Big Cypress watershedcrucial to the health of the Everglades ecosystem. Subtropical plant and animal life abound, including the endangered Florida panther.
Named for the first director of the National Park Service, the Stephen T. Mather Award is given annually to people who have demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in promoting environmental protection in the national parks; who have taken direct action where others have hesitated; and who have risked their jobs and careers for the principles and practices of good stewardship of the parks.
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