|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||May 17, 2002|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, Americans for National Parks, 202-454-3332|
Morgan Freeman Says National Parks "in Trouble"
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Washington, D.C. - Distinguished actor and star of Paramount Pictures' new movie, “The Sum of All Fears,” Morgan Freeman narrates a new radio public service announcement (PSA) about the needs of America’s national parks.
Morgan Freeman is named among Empire Magazine’s “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time,” and is a three-time Academy Award® nominee, the recipient of three Obie awards, and has been nominated for a Tony Award. His new movie, “The Sum of All Fears,” also starring Ben Affleck, will be released in theaters May 31, 2002.
“We are thrilled to work with Morgan Freeman,” said Americans for National Parks Campaign Director Jennifer Coken. “He immediately engages people. Hopefully this new PSA will engage them in the effort to protect America’s national parks.”
Every year, lack of funding compromises the National Park Service’s ability to support visitor services and education programs, and protect wildlife and cultural and historical treasures. The problem stems in part from the public’s perception that national parks are well protected and in good shape, when in fact, the parks face severe challenges.
Americans for National Parks is a growing coalition of people who care about the national parks, including nonprofit organizations, businesses, trade associations, and local government agencies working together to encourage Congress and the administration to give parks the money they need.