|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||November 21, 2002|
|Contact:||Don Barger, National Parks Conservation Association, cell: 865-803-4480|
Smokies' Air Specialist Receives Conservation Award
"Jim Renfro embodies the highest standards of stewardship and personal dedication to the national park ideal of anyone I have ever known," said NPCA Southeast Regional Director Don Barger. "By producing high-quality data and interacting relentlessly with parties from every interest, Jim has placed the welfare of our parks into the public debate on air pollution. In addition, he has become a master at translating complex data into understandable information for a variety of audiences. Basically, Jim Renfro has created the path for the leaders to follow."
Encompassing 500,000 acres of Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation's most-visited national park. One of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States, the park is renown for the diversity of its plants and animals, the beauty of its landscape, and its richness of historic and cultural resources.
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.
"The influence that Jim Renfro has had on the region's governors, the public discourse, and our understanding of air pollution in the region would be difficult to overstate. His ability, his perseverance and his personal integrity are universally respected by everyone," added Barger.