National Park Superintendent Receives Conservation Award

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   May 18, 2001
Contact:   Mary Munson, National Parks Conservation Association, 954-926-6327


National Park Superintendent Receives Conservation Award

Miami - The National Parks Conservation Association today awarded its prestigious Stephen P. Mather Award to John Donahue, superintendent of Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, for his development of an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan that protects the park's sensitive ecosystem and addresses visitor recreation needs.

"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 watershed—crucial 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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