|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||February 3, 2005|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller Helsel, NPCA: 202.454.3332|
Members of Congress Saluted with National Parks Award
“Our imperiled national parks need attention—and Americans recognize that this is not a red-state or blue-state issue. Instead, these honored members of Congress represent a bi-partisan group that has a solid commitment to preserving the country’s national parks for future generations,” said NPCA President Thomas Kiernan. “Senators and representatives on both sides of the aisle punctuated their words with votes in support of restoring and preserving our national parks.”
Recipients of the award receive a framed reproduction of a 1930s Works Progress Administration poster with a plaque that reads “Friend of the National Parks, 108th Congress” with the NPCA logo. The national park featured in this year’s historical poster is Mount Rainier.
The Friend of the National Parks award was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant national park issues. NPCA examined six key House votes and five key Senate votes from the 108th Congress. Senators who voted pro-park three out of five times received the award as did House members who supported parks on four out of six votes.