Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Honored with Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   October 29, 2013
Contact:   Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-419-3717, jbillington@npca.org


Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Honored with Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award

National Parks Conservation Association Award Given at 36th Annual Ranger Rendezvous Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) honored the work of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor with its prestigious Stephen T. Mather conservation award.  Superintendent Naylor was recognized for her steadfast dedication to protecting Theodore Roosevelt National Park from the impacts of energy development, along with her successful elk management plan, and ongoing work to safeguard and elevate the importance of Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch.

“With great devotion, Valerie has demonstrated unwavering  dedication to protecting our national treasures for future generations, in the most difficult of circumstances,” said NPCA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Craig Obey, who presented Superintendent Naylor with the award.

Superintendent Naylor has led tremendous outreach efforts surrounding potential impacts of energy development to national park historic sites, viewsheds, visitor safety, night skies, and wildlife habitat, helping her to win victories along the way, including preventing development adjacent to the historic Elkhorn Ranch.

“With the toughest of odds, Superintendent Valerie Naylor continues to bravely and valiantly embody the spirit of Mather Award recipients and she is well-deserving to be recognized for her efforts,” said Tim Stevens, Northern Rockies Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association.

"I am deeply appreciative of this great honor, and I look forward to continuing to work with conservationists, energy companies, and state and local governments to preserve the national park areas that are so important to North Dakota and the nation,” said Superintendent Naylor.

Superintendent Naylor was also selected as the 2013 Stephen T. Mather Award recipient for her completion of the park’s elk management plan – a highly controversial issue that achieved a successful resolution through her leadership.  In addition, Superintendent Naylor continues to achieve success in protecting the park’s Elkhorn Ranch and working with agency partners in elevating the status of the area as a critical historic landmark. Through Naylor’s collaboration with other agencies, community partners, and private landowners, several thousand acres of Elkhorn Ranch are now managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and a private landowner with a shared commitment to protecting the area.

The Stephen T. Mather Award was presented and celebrated at this year’s 36th annual Ranger Rendezvous in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.

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