|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 6, 2001|
|Contact:||Chip Dennerlein, National Parks Conservation Association, 907-277-6722|
National Park Superintendent Receives Conservation Award
"Steve Martin has worked tirelessly within the Park Service, and with Alaskans and public officials to build understanding, cooperation, and support for management decisions based on preserving Denali's essence as a wilderness wildlife parkwhether closing the park core to snowmobiles or developing a science and learning center," said NPCA Alaska Regional Director Chip Dennerlein. "Through Steve's personal leadership and outreach with others, Denali has proactively addressed critical threats and advanced positive initiatives that help people of all ages and abilities to better enjoy and protect this magnificent place."
Denali National Park and Preserve is Alaska's oldest national park. At 6 million acres, the park encompasses a vast wilderness of high peaks, extensive glaciers, open tundra, sub-arctic spruce forests, and broad glaciated valleys. Home to North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot-tall Mount McKinley, the park was established in 1917.
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 significant action where others have hesitated; and who exemplify the principles and practices of good stewardship of the parks.