National Park Champions Honored on Capitol Hill

National Park Champions Honored on Capitol Hill

NPCA’s National Park Heritage Award Recognizes Bipartisan Group of Senators and Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) will present 81 members of Congress with the National Park Heritage Award. This award commemorates their support of the major public lands bills included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the largest expansion of the National Park System in nearly three decades.

“It’s an honor to recognize these members of Congress for championing this historic diversification and expansion of our National Park System,” said NPCA President and CEO Clark Bunting. “Our national parks aren’t a Republican or Democratic issue. They’re an American issue. And these sites must be preserved for future generations. As the National Park System readies for its 100th anniversary, it’s inspiring to see representatives and senators from across the nation and across the aisle work together to enhance America’s ‘best idea.’”

The National Defense Authorization Act created seven new national park sites, including Tule Springs in Nevada. Tule Springs includes prehistoric Ice Age fossils of lions, bison, mammoths, dire wolves, and saber-tooth cats. The protection of this area will help scientists, students and the public learn more about the fascinating history hidden under these desert lands and ensure these fossils are preserved for generations to come.

Other new park sites include historically significant lands where Harriet Tubman lived as a young woman and after the Civil War, and sites in Washington, New Mexico, and Tennessee that combine to form the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The authorization bill also expanded nine existing sites, including the Gettysburg National Military Park to incorporate the Gettysburg train station where President Abraham Lincoln stepped onto its platform on his way to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery and deliver his Gettysburg Address.

Additionally, Congress extended funding authorization for 15 heritage areas and authorized eight formal resource studies to determine whether other sites would be appropriate for future inclusion in the National Park System, including Mill Springs Battlefield, the site of a major turning point of the Civil War in Kentucky.

The senators and representatives who championed pieces of the public lands package included in the final legislation will be honored today at a reception in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The National Park Heritage Award recipients are listed below, and more information regarding the seven new sites, nine expansions, eight resource studies, and 15 National Heritage Area expansions is available here.

List of Members of Congress Receiving a National Park Heritage Award

Member of Congress State and District Legislation Championed

(*** Denotes Sponsor)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski AK Supported the inclusion of these bills in the public lands package
Rep. Raul Grijalva AZ-3 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Sen. Barbara Boxer CA Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Anna Eshoo CA-18 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Sam Farr CA-20 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein CA Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)***
Rep. Jared Huffman CA-2 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Barbara Lee CA-13 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225) and Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Jackie Speier CA-14 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)***
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton DC Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Del. Madeleine Bordallo GU Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Brett Guthrie KY-2 Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study (H.R. 298/S. 2780)
Sen. Mitch McConnell KY Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study (H.R. 298/S. 2780)***
Rep. Hal Rogers KY-5 Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study (H.R. 298/S. 2780)***
Rep. John Yarmuth KY-3 Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study (H.R. 298/S. 2780)
Sen. Angus King ME Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)
Sen. Ben Cardin MD Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)***
Rep. Elijah Cummings MD-7 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. John Delaney MD-6 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Donna Edwards MD-4 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski MD Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger MD-2 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. John Sarbanes MD-3 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen MD-8 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Jim McGovern MA-2 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)
Rep. Richard Neal MA-1 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren MA Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)
Rep. John Conyers MI-13 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Keith Ellison MN-5 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Sen. Thad Cochran MS Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act (H.R. 2271/S.305)***
Rep. Bennie Thompson MS-2 Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act (H.R. 2271/S.305)***
Sen. Roger Wicker MS Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act (H.R. 2271/S.305)
Rep. William Lacy Clay MO-1 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225) and Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Mark Amodei NV-2 Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013 (H.R. 2015/S. 974)
Rep. Joe Heck NV-3 Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013 (H.R. 2015/S. 974)
Sen. Dean Heller NV Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013 (H.R. 2015/S. 974)
Sen. Harry Reid NV Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013 (H.R. 2015/S. 974)***
Rep. Dina Titus NV-1 Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013 (H.R. 2015/S. 974)
Sen. Martin Heinrich NM Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act (S. 285) and Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208/S. 507)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan NM-3 Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208/S. 507)
Sen. Tom Udall NM Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act (S. 285)*** and Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208/S. 507)
Rep. Yvette Clark NY-9 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand NY Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Richard Hanna NY-22 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Brian Higgins NY-26 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Steve Israel NY-3 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries NY-8 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney NY-12 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Gregory Meeks NY-5 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler NY-10 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Rep. Charlie Rangel NY-13 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Sen. Chuck Schumer NY Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Louise Slaughter NY-25 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Paul Tonko NY-20 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer OR-3 Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici OR-1 Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)
Rep. Peter DeFazio OR-4 Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)***
Sen. Jeff Merkley OR Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)
Rep. Kurt Schrader OR-5 Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)
Sen. Ron Wyden OR Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 2489/S. 354)***
Rep. Lou Barletta PA-11 Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)
Sen. Bob Casey PA Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)***
Rep. Charlie Dent PA-15 Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)
Rep. Tom Marino PA-10 Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)
Rep. Scott Perry PA-4 Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)***
Sen. Pat Toomey PA Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Bill (H.R. 1513/S. 782)
Rep. David Cicilline RI-1 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)***
Rep. Jim Langevin RI-2 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)
Sen. Jack Reed RI Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)***
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse RI Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (H.R. 706/S. 371)
Sen. Lamar Alexander TN Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (1208/S. 507)
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann TN-3 Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (1208/S. 507)
Rep. Joaquin Castro TX-20 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013 (H.R. 885)
Rep. Henry Cuellar TX-28 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013 (H.R. 885)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett TX-35 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013 (H.R. 885)***
Rep. Lamar Smith TX-21 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013 (H.R. 885)
Sen. Maria Cantwell WA Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208/S. 507)***
Rep. Doc Hastings (Retired) WA-4 Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208/S. 507)***
Rep. Jim McDermott WA-7 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225)
Sen. Patty Murray WA Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (1208/S. 507)
Rep. Gwen Moore WI-4 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (H.R. 520/S.225) and Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (H.R. 664/S. 247)

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