|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||October 8, 2008|
|Contact:||Kevin Dahl, NPCA, 520.686.1417|
National Parks Conservation Association Opens First Arizona Field Office
Long-time Arizona Conservationist Kevin Dahl Named Program Manager
Tucson, Ariz. - The nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association, today announced it has opened its first field office in Arizona, appointing Kevin Dahl as Program Manager of the new Tucson-based office.
"Kevin Dahl’s talents and local expertise will greatly benefit our national parks in Arizona--some of the most remarkable in the nation," said National Parks Conservation Association Southwest Regional Director David Nimkin. "The national parks’ fragile systems are facing profound threats, and we are fortunate to have someone with Kevin’s background, experience, and long history with Arizona to lead our efforts in the state."
Dahl has more than 30 years of experience advocating for the protection of Arizona’s natural resources. He has served as executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH and the Tucson Audubon Society; as natural resources superintendent of the Pima County, Arizona, Parks & Recreation Department, and in various positions with several local and national conservation groups based in Arizona, most recently the Center for Biological Diversity. He has also published extensively on native plants.
"Viewing the Grand Canyon at age seven was a watershed event for me," said Dahl. "I’m proud to join an organization that works to make sure the national parks will continue to provide such experiences for our children and grandchildren."
In his new role with the National Parks Conservation Association, Dahl will be focused on advocating for the protection and preservation of national parklands in Arizona, which include 25 national park sites and historic trails. In particular, he will be working to complete the expansion of Petrified Forest National Park, which was approved by Congress in 2004, but the land has not been purchased. The park is featured in the National Parks Conservation Association's new print public service advertisements, which raise concern about the need for funds to acquire the land within the park’s boundaries--now at risk of development.
He will also help to challenge potential uranium mining adjacent to the Grand Canyon, and advocate effective adaptive management of the Colorado River through one of America’s most iconic parks. In Tucson, Saguaro National Park is threatened by urban sprawl and development, and Dahl will be spearheading efforts to expand the park and study other areas needing protection.
Since 1919, the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. The National Parks Conservation Association, its 340,000 members, including 9,300 in Arizona, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren.
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