Ken Burns Offers Sneak Peek of Parks Documentary at National Parks Conservation Association's 2009 Dinner Honoring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

 
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Date:   April 1, 2009
Contact:   Andrea Keller Helsel, NPCA, 202.454.3332


Ken Burns Offers Sneak Peek of Parks Documentary at National Parks Conservation Association's 2009 Dinner Honoring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tonight offered a sneak peek of his forthcoming documentary about the national parks at the annual Salute to the Parks dinner hosted by the nation’s leading national park advocacy organization, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association. The National Parks Conservation Association event, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., honored Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his work on behalf of America’s national parks.

“Ken Burns’ film provides the inspiration for our generation to join together in restoring our national parks by their 100th anniversary,” said National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan. “We look to the American people, as well as to Congress and the Administration, to help us preserve these national treasures for our children and grandchildren.”

Ken Burns is releasing his new documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, in September 2009; he and his partner, writer Dayton Duncan, shared their thoughts about the National Park System and the lessons learned making the film with Salute to the Parks dinner guests.

Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar shared his vision for America’s national parks and presented the National Parks Conservation Association’s prestigious William Penn Mott, Jr. Park Leadership Award to Sen. Reid. Since authoring the legislation creating Great Basin National Park in Nevada in 1986, Sen. Reid has worked to protect this national treasure and parks across the country.

For nearly 30 years, the National Parks Conservation Association has presented the annual Mott award to a public official who has shown an outstanding commitment to the protection of our national heritage. Previous winners include Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker (R-KS), and Gov. Bob Graham (D-FL).

At the annual meeting of its National Council on Tuesday, March 31, the National Parks Conservation Association honored Dirk Kempthorne for his efforts as former Department of the Interior Secretary to increase annual appropriations for national parks, and for launching the National Park Centennial Challenge, a public-private matching grant program for national parks.


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