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National Park Service Honors Leave No Trace Center
On Aug. 22, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation honored the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, alongside other individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to the preservation, protection and enjoyment of national parks.
The Center was recognized with the Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award in the Non-Government Partner category. Citing the Center’s “highly significant and positive impact on preserving wilderness character throughout the NPS and other public lands,” the National Park Service news release goes on to state: “In 2019, the Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary of promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation. The organization reaches over 15 million Americans and dozens of countries each year with conservation initiatives, education, training, research and outreach that helps visitors reduce their impacts while enjoying the outstanding recreational opportunities offered in public lands, including national parks.”
The Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Awards are the annual recognition of outstanding contributions to wilderness stewardship through interpretation and education; management of natural, cultural and social resources; planning; protection; and/or maintenance operations. Read the full list of award recipients in the official National Park Service news release.
“The award recipients have exhibited extraordinary dedication to the National Park Service,” said Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “These groups and individuals eagerly share unique talents and skills to enhance park operations and provide safe and memorable park experiences for visitors from around the world.”
National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth said, “It’s an honor to recognize these award recipients who embody the spirit of volunteerism, and who demonstrate such tremendous energy and dedication for the benefit of our national parks and park visitors.”
Dana Watts, the Center’s Executive Director, said that the relationship with the National Park Service is a critical component of the nonprofit’s longstanding partnerships with federal land managing agencies. “America’s national parks inspire people around the globe with their unmatched natural beauty and historic significance,” said Watts. “We are delighted to receive this award and we look forward to extending the legacy of stewardship that the Center has established with the National Park Service.”
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