|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 24, 2007|
|Contact:||Shannon Andrea, NPCA, 202.454.3371|
National Parks Conservation Association Announces New Sun Coast Regional Director
Washington, D.C.--The nation's leading national park advocacy group, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), announces the promotion of John Adornato III to regional director of its Sun Coast Regional Office in Hollywood, Florida.
"John Adornato brings years of experience and an extraordinary amount of energy, vision, and enthusiasm to our work in Florida," said Tom Kiernan, president of the nonpartisan national parks group.
Joining NPCA in 2002, Adornato previously served as NPCA's Everglades restoration senior program manager and led efforts to restore the ecosystems of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, focusing on the implications of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. He served as the National Co-Chair for the Everglades Coalition, and currently sits on the Water Resources Advisory Commission to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. Adornato also represented the environmental community on the advisory team to the federal government for the Everglades restoration project, Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.
"Florida's national parks provide tremendous value to our local community, the economy, and the nation as a whole," Adornato said. "I believe that NPCA can provide a voice for our citizens to ensure these special places are preserved and protected for the enjoyment of present and future generations."
Adornato has a master's degree in wetland plant ecology from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in Russian language from Tufts University.
In order to better protect and represent national parks in Florida, NPCA opened its South Florida Field Office in 1998, which later became a regional office in 2002. This office works on behalf of the national parks of Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Gulf Coasts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For more information, visit: www.npca.org/southflorida.
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 325,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.