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NPT Selects Connie Morella

Morella to Receive Highest Conservation Award for Parks Efforts

Former Congresswoman honored by National Park Trust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC - February 2003

morella1Former Congresswoman Connie Morella has been selected to receive the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for her record of support for parks and conservation programs during her 16 years in the U.S. Congress.

"We could always count on Connie Morella. She has been a leader for parks and other concerns affecting the quality of life of Americans." said Paul Pritchard, president of the National Park Trust. "Ms Morella has been a strong spokesperson for the resources in her district such as the C & O Canal and the protection of the Potomac. When there were efforts to unravel laws protecting America's parklands and other areas of national concern, Congresswoman Morella was a leader in her party to protect our heritage."

"I was privileged to serve with Bruce in the Congress. I saw his commitment to the environment and his personal courage," said Connie Morella. "I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Vento Award for Public Service."

According to the League of Conservation Voter's National Environmental Scorecard, Connie Morella has a lifetime score of 89 percent, casting 185 pro-environment Scorecard votes in 208 opportunities, a record that ranks among the very best in Congress. In 2001, Morella's score was an exceptional 93 percent.

The Bruce F. Vento award will be presented to Ms. Morella at the annual meeting of the National Park Trust in Washington, D.C. The presentation will take place during the week-long celebration of Earth Day.

When:

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Where:

Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually by NPT to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service, discernment, courage, skill, resourcefulness, or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic sites - the heritage of America. Past recipients of this award include Former Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas, Jr., and former Congressman John F. Seiberling.

The National Park Trust is the private land conservancy dedicated to preserving and protecting America's parks, refuges, wildlife and historic monuments. The National Park Trust is the only private organization entrusted by Congress to own an national park unit and has helped complete more than a half dozen national parks across the country.

For more information contact:
National Park Trust (NPT)
(202) 548-0500
npt@parktrust.org
http://www.parktrust.org