National Parks Conservation Association Honors Park Stewards at Annual Salute to the Parks Award Gala

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   March 24, 2010
Contact:   Shannon Andrea, NPCA Director of Media Relations, Phone: 202-454-3371; Cell: 202-365-5912


National Parks Conservation Association Honors Park Stewards at Annual Salute to the Parks Award Gala

Washington, D.C.—The nation’s leading park advocacy organization, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), will tonight honor Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), former Sens. Howard H. Baker Jr. (R-TN) and J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), and filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan for their outstanding work on behalf of America’s national parks. The event, Salute to the Parks: Protecting America’s Heritage, will take place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Tonight we will honor some of our most-respected national park stewards,” said NPCA President Tom Kiernan. “NPCA and park visitors nationwide owe them a great deal of gratitude for tirelessly advocating on behalf of our national parks.”

The annual dinner draws hundreds of dignitaries, including members of Congress, the National Park Service, and national park supporters from across the country. Among those include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who will present the William Penn Mott Jr. Park Leadership Award, an annual award presented to a public official who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the protection of America’s natural and cultural heritage. This year, the award will be given to Sen. Bingaman (D-NM) for his extraordinary commitment to protecting America’s wildlife, public lands, and national parks. 

In anticipation of the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, the Centennial Leadership Award will also be presented. It honors a public official or private citizen who has made an outstanding contribution toward ensuring that the national parks are ready and well-prepared for their second century of service to the American people.  This year, the Centennial award will be presented to former Sens. Howard Baker and Bennett Johnston for their leadership in advancing the National Parks Second Century Commission.

Lastly, the Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks is given annually to an individual or organization that has effectively communicated the values of the National Park System to the American public. This year, NPCA’s Winks award will be presented to acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan in recognition of their stunning documentary about national parks, The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea.|

The 2010 Salute to the Parks awards dinner commemorates the preservation and protection of America’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage in the national parks. For additional information, please click here: http://www.npca.org/annualdinner/.

Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 325,000 members, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.

 

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