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

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   April 6, 2011
Contact:   Shannon Andrea, Director of Media Relations, National Parks Conservation Association, Phone: 202-454-3371; Cell: 202-365-5912


National Parks Conservation Association Honors Park Champions 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. Max Baucus (D-MT) and award-winning novelist Nevada Barr 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 our national park champions, supporters, and allies who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our parks are well-funded, well-managed, and well-protected,” 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 2011 Salute to the Parks awards dinner commemorates the preservation and protection of America’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage in the 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 attending include Deputy Secretary of Interior David Hayes, who will discuss the important role of national parks in the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. 

NPCA will also 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. Max Baucus (D-MT) for his extraordinary commitment to protecting Glacier National Park and advocating for national parks across the country. 

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, the award will be presented to the award-winning novelist Nevada Barr. Her 16 mystery stories that use national parks as backdrops has drawn public attention to the invaluable work of National Park Service staff who protect some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world.

Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 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 generations to come. For more information, please visit: http://www.npca.org/annualdinner/.

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