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2012 Recipient of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

Senator Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico)

The 2012 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Event: June 13, 2012 (6:30-8:30pm) at the Newseum in Washington, DC

For more information on attendance / sponsorships, contact Shana Newman Fajardo – (301) 279-7275 ext. 15 / shana@parktrust.org or Adam Wieczorek – (301) 279-7275 ext. 19 / adam@parktrust.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2012

Washington, D.C. – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman will receive the 2012 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to the Senator at a reception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 13. The Senator currently serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

“I am honored to receive the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award,” said Senator Bingaman. “Protecting special places and landscapes for the common good has always been a great American idea.  In doing so, we are protecting human health as well as the economy by providing clean water, clean air, livable coastal areas and the quality of life that is important to all Americans.”

NPT will recognize Senator Bingaman for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship. One of his more recent accomplishments in his three decades of Senate service includes working to expand opportunities for young people through partnerships with public land managers through the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2011. Senator Bingaman also has introduced legislation to transfer the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service in order to protect the Preserve's many outstanding natural and cultural resources. Senator Bingaman also co-sponsored a Congressional resolution officially recognizing NPT’s inaugural National Kids to Parks Day in 2011, and he took a leadership role on the Outdoor Resources Review Group to address park systems and their relationship between outdoor recreation, health and wellness.

“Throughout his career Senator Bingaman has been a driving force behind the protection of America’s public lands and has supported legislation to promote conservation, expand the development of clean technology and green jobs, and connect young people to the natural world,” said NPT Board Chair William Brownell. “We are pleased to honor him with this award because for his ongoing commitment to preserve our country’s magnificent parks and open spaces.”

NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Recent recipients include Senator Susan Collins, Senator Mark Udall, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Harry Reid, Congressman George Miller and Senator John McCain. All proceeds from the event directly benefit NPT’s park preservation and youth education initiatives. The 2012 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Event is June 13, 2012 (6:00-8:00pm) at the Newseum in Washington, DC. For more information on attendance / sponsorships, contact Shana Newman Fajardo – (301) 279-7275 ext. 15 / shana@parktrust.org or Adam Wieczorek – (301) 279-7275 ext. 19 / adam@parktrust.org.

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National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.  As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. More details about NPT’s programs and this award can be found at www.ParkTrust.org.

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