|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||June 21, 2011|
|Contact:||Shannon Andrea, National Parks Conservation Association, Office: 202-454-3371|
Members of Congress Recognized with National Parks Award for Helping to Preserve America’s Heritage
Statement by NPCA President Tom Kiernan
Background: The National Parks Conservation Association today honored 34 members of Congress with the “National Park Heritage” award for recognizing their votes on seven national park creation or expansion-related votes in the 111th Congress (2009-2010). To receive this recognition of their votes to preserve America’s heritage through the growth and enhancement of the National Park System, representatives had to vote correctly on at least four of the seven votes cast.
“These members of Congress have demonstrated a solid commitment to trying to protect and improve our National Park System so that it can better represent the history and culture of our diversifying nation,” said Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association. “As we look to the national parks centennial in 2016, support from our members of Congress will be essential for future generations to enjoy our national park legacy.”
A complete list of the winning members of Congress and vote descriptions is available online at http://www.npca.org/media_center/pdf/National_Park_Heritage_Award.pdf.
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 600,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren.