|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||April 16, 2013|
|Contact:||Shannon Andrea, Director of Media Relations, National Parks Conservation Association; Phone: 202-454-3371|
National Parks Conservation Association Honors Park Champions at Annual Salute to the Parks Gala
Washington, D.C. - The nation’s leading park advocacy organization, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), will tonight honor conservationist and acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams with the Robin W. Winks Award for her outstanding work on behalf of America’s national parks. The annual Salute to the Parks and Park Partners Gala will take place at the National Building Museum 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 2013 Salute to the Parks and Park Partners Gala offers one of the largest and most influential gatherings involving the conservation and environmental communities. This annual event celebrates America’s national parks, calls attention to their needs, and recognizes individuals and organizations whose dedication to the national parks and impact on the system deserve attention. The gala draws hundreds of dignitaries, including members of Congress, the National Park Service, and national park supporters from 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 award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams who has touched thousands of readers through her books, lectures, and interviews sharing the spiritual value of America’s wild lands. In 2009, she was featured in Ken Burns’ film, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and she has advocated for the preservation of wilderness, threatened species, and human dignity at home and around 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 750,000 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.