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Visclosky honored by National Parks Conservation Association

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U.S. Reps. Peter Visclosky, D-1st, and Andre Carson, D-7th, have been honored with the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for their contribution to protecting and enhancing America’s national parks.

That award was presented to 157 representatives currently serving in the 113th Congress “for their support of legislation during the 112th Congress that upheld the standards and integrity of the National Park System,” NPCA said in a statement released on Thursday.

“As the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016, support from our members of Congress is essential to ensure that national parks, including Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial are preserved and protected for the future,” said Lynn McClure, NPCA’s Midwest regional director.

NPCA’s “Friend of the National Parks Award” was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA compiled votes for seven national park-related bills in the House. To receive the award, representatives had to vote correctly at least four out of seven times. Due to an insufficient number of roll call votes on national park-related legislation in the Senate during the 112th Congress, this is the first time that NPCA has only recognized one chamber with the award.

Award recipients were honored at a reception on Capitol Hill. To view a complete list of the 157 representatives who received NPCA’s award, visit

“Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System,” the statement said. “NPCA, its 800,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren.”


Posted 7/19/2013