Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Honored with Prestigious Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   October 31, 2012
Contact:   Joy Oakes, Mid-Atlantic Senior Director, National Parks Conservation Association P: 202.454.3386; C: 202.329.6815 Alison Heis, Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association P: 202.454.3332 C: 202.384.8762


Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Honored with Prestigious Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) this week, presented National Park Service Superintendent Pam Underhill from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail with the Stephen T. Mather conservation award.  Underhill was recognized for her leadership in managing one of the Park Service’s most unique resources, which stretches 2200 miles and through 14 states, between Maine and Georgia.

“Pam has fought tirelessly to preserve the integrity of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail corridor, and deserves great credit for her leadership to protect the nearly 2,200 miles of the trail,” said Joy Oakes, Mid-Atlantic senior regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association.  “After more than 33 years working to protect and enhance the trail, including nearly 20 years as superintendent, Pam has been a forceful and fearless voice for preservation of the natural and cultural resources surrounding the trail.”  

As the Appalachian Trail’s superintendent, Underhill has coordinated one of the most extensive partnership programs in the park system that includes federal agencies, state and local governments as well as private entities.  One example includes her work on the Trail to Every Classroom program. Through this program, the Park Service provides trainings for teachers in nearby communities on how to incorporate the Appalachian Trail into core curriculum, which better connects students with the trail, and prepares the next generation of national park stewards.

Underhill recently announced her plans to retire from the Park Service after more than 33 years of service.  During her time at the park, Underhill has successfully implemented sound management policies, specifically playing a critical roles in:

  • managing a national park that stretches 2200 miles, through 14 states  between Maine and Georgia, through the jurisdictions of 55 Members of the U.S. Congress, 14 governors, 87 counties, and hundreds of neighboring communities; 
  • developing and maintaining relationships with key public and private partners; 
  • protecting the trail from incompatible development threats including transmission lines, wind mill proposals, gravels mines, adjacent development and many others.

“What better way to honor her unwavering dedication than with this year’s Stephen T. Mather Award,” said Oakes.  

The Stephen T. Mather Award was presented and celebrated at this year’s 35th annual Ranger Rendezvous event in California.  First presented in 1984, NPCA’s Stephen T. Mather Award is named after the first director of the National Park Service and given to individuals that have shown steadfast leadership and persistent dedication to our national parks. 

VIDEO: Pam Underhill accepts Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award.
Credit: Jim Boyd, National Park Service, Mather Training Center.

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About the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA):  Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard our National Park System. With more than 750,000 members and supporters, NPCA is the largest independent membership organization dedicated to protecting our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. For additional information, please visit www.npca.org.

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