National Park Service Air Expert Receives Conservation Award for Protecting Clean Air in Our National Parks

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   December 9, 2009
Contact:   Kathleen O'Neil, NPCA media relations, 202.419.3717


National Park Service Air Expert Receives Conservation Award for Protecting Clean Air in Our National Parks

Washington, DC—This morning the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) awarded Denver-based Don Shepherd, an environmental engineer with the Air Resources Division of the National Park Service, the Stephen T. Mather Award for his distinguished efforts to protect America’s national parks and wildlife from the threat of air pollution.

“There are few priorities more important to our national parks than ensuring clean, healthy air for park visitors and wildlife,” said Tom Kiernan, NPCA president, upon presenting the award. “Thanks to Don Shepherd, our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy cleaner air and spectacular views in places like Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.”

The award recognizes Shepherd’s demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in promoting environmental protection, which embodies wholeheartedly the spirit on which the Mather award was established more than 25 years ago.

“By championing the laws that protect the air quality, safety, and majestic views of our national parks, Shepherd took direct action—where others may have hesitated—to promote the principles and practices of good stewardship in our national parks,” added Mark Wenzler, NPCA director of clean air and climate programs.

Shepherd, who grew up near Wheeling, West Virginia, traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of one of America’s most well-known national military parks, to accept the prestigious award at the 32nd annual Association of National Park Rangers Conference—also known as the Ranger Rendezvous—on December 9, 2009.

Most notable during Shepherd’s 12 years with the Park Service, and his more than 30-year career as an environmental engineer, are his efforts to prevent proposed coal fired power plants from spewing dirty air pollution into our national parks. As such, he is known as a dogged proponent of the legal right to clean air in our national parks.

First presented in 1984, NPCA’s Stephen T. Mather Award is named after the first director of the National Park Service Stephen T. Mather and for the second year is supported and endowed by Booz Allen Hamilton. Those who receive it have shown steadfast leadership and persistent dedication to our national parks.

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