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Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2020) – National Park Trust is pleased to announce that Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI) will receive the 20th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the senator will be honored on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at a virtual event.

She will be recognized for her exceptional work to protect our parks, public lands and natural resources while serving on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, and Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hirono also serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

In the 116th Congress, Senator Hirono introduced the Coral Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2019, and the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act. She has also co-sponsored numerous public lands and natural resources bills in the 116th Congress, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, the ANTIQUITIES Act, the Restore Our Parks Act, the Extinction Prevention Act of 2019 and the Great American Outdoors Act. During her tenure as a Senator, she has introduced a number of bills that protect our parks and natural resources.

Senator Hirono introduced and passed two National Park-related resolutions, including a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, and designating August 1, 2016 as “Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks Day.” During her service as ranking member of the National Parks Subcommittee on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she joined Chair Steve Daines (MT) to introduce and pass a resolution celebrating National Park Week in 2017. Hirono has been an original cosponsor of similar resolutions each year since.

She is passionate about connecting children to the outdoors and public lands, and promoting service opportunities. Since 2015, she has co-sponsored the Senate resolution designating National Kids to Parks Day held annually on the third Saturday of May. Hirono also co-sponsored the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, for which she was awarded an Outdoors Alliance for Kids Award in 2018. Additionally, she has continued to support programs like AmeriCorps that promote public service through environmental stewardship.

“People all over the world recognize Hawaii for our beautiful parks and natural resources. I have prioritized protecting these public spaces now and for future generations to explore and enjoy, and I join the National Park Trust in highlighting how our environment, communities, and children benefit from conserving parks and public lands.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI)

“We are excited to recognize Senator Mazie Hirono for her service to support bi-partisan legislation and programs that preserve our public lands and waters as well as her work to create the next generation of park stewards. Her leadership has led to significant steps in ensuring our public lands are treasured forever.”

Bill Brownell, National Park Trust Board Chair

National Park Trust established the Vento Award in 2001 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 their service, skill, and innovation in support of our public lands and waters. Past recipients include Sen. Richard Burr (NC), Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM), Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), Rep. Betty McCollum (MN), Sen. Rob Portman (OH), Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), Rep. Mike Simpson (ID), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), Sen. Susan Collins (ME), Sen. Mark Udall (CO), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Rep. George Miller (CA), Sen. John McCain (AZ), Sen. Bob Graham (FL), Rep. John Lewis (GA), Rep. Connie Morella (MD), Rep. John Seiberling (OH), and Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas, Jr (AK).

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National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of preserving national parks through land protection and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, National Park Trust has benefitted 47 national park sites across 31 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. Annually, the Park Trust provides an estimated 20,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at

All proceeds from the Vento Award event benefit the Park Trust’s mission and programs.